I purchased this book part because of reviews comparing it to the Jordan WOT series. While the book is well written, it is heavy on detail and light on action. I kept listening thinking it was just about to become exciting, but it never quite happened. The narration was very good, which helped me to make it through this. If your thinking about purchasing this book, I recommend you thumb through a hard copy first.
1) Boring characters: I did not develop affection towards any of the characters and as a result, there was no one for me to cheer for or hate. All the characters, regardless of the level of character development, were boring in my opinion. And I honestly can't bring myself to love the main character because while he's not a BAD character, he's just not fascinating.
2) No quality female characters: The main cast is all male. The female characters that DO appear regularly are not only quite boring but a rather weak-willed, 2d, and uninteresting bunch. These female characters exist solely to be tolerated or manipulated or pitied. They not only lack the cunning of the male characters but they also lack ambition. The female characters that DO have ambition lack the intelligence to make anything come to fruition. The female characters that have academic intelligence lack the common sense to utilize their intelligence. Basically, they’re just boring and kind of stupid. I assumed it was a case of a male author having a hard time writing engaging female characters but boy was I surprised to discover the author is female.
3) I can touch your brain~: Ok, so the "magical power" of this fantasy setting is the ability of some to psychically probe the minds of others and to create links. Not the most original idea but who cares. What bothers me is the main character's annoying tendency to obsessively find dogs to psychically connect to. I get that he's lonely but the character's habit of touting dogs as the paragon of loyalty and friendship gets tiresome. He needs human friends.
4) SLOW PLOT: I'm nearly done with this volume and so far nothing much has happened. If I had more typing space I could sum up the story in 3 sentences.
Yes because it doesn't just let the character win every challenge that he is met with, so I feel like more people will connect with this over a novel where the main character always wins the day and is celebrated as the hero.
The main character's resolve.
Wow. Didn't see that coming!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The story is kept my interest peaked and I happy to know there is more to come ..
I just wanted to write this for the first book to warn people to not read this series. It has been one of the most unrewarding, frustrating, and shockingly bad series I have ever read.
Hobb creates a strong connection to the main character Fitz through his tremendous personal struggle and his terrible treatment. She gives the reader the impression that eventually he will be respected and appreciated as he grows but more and more tragedy keeps piling on. Aside from being constantly talked down to after dying and killing for his duty the main character suffers betrayal after betrayal by characters built up to be his friends. The 'evil' and now seemingly childishly named Prince Regal as the archetypal bad guy comes out looking like a confused jealous man who knew not what he was doing while the 'good' characters purposefully do evil things in the name of duty. I listened to each of the books with building emotion as you see the Fitz wronged over and over again not realizing that was all that was ever going to happen. One of the most maddening things about the end of this series is having to listen to the last few hours wishing the wrongs will be righted only to have the most heinous evil things happen to the main character. His father/best friend in the world marries his wife while he is supposed to be protecting his child, his uncle steals his body to have sex with his aunt impregnating her raping him, and worst of all the main character himself accepts all this still doing all the work to 'save the world'. With tragedies you expect some sort of silver lining or that the story will reflect positively on the readers life and give them perspective but the series doesn't have any of that. Potential readers might wonder was there some deeper message or meaning, some philosophical reason for being such a jerk to her characters; no. In my contempt for the author's treatment of the main character I read the summary for the next series of books including the main character and they involve him STILL trying to help the aunt that raped his body-snatched body find the child he impregnated her with.
Even if you like the way series like 'The Game of Thrones' don't give a crap about having trivial characters and killing off good ones as a stupid and petty reflection on humanity this book will not satisfy you because it is done with underlying malice not indifference. The slavery of the main character to duty above all else and his goldfish-like emotional retention of all the betrayals lead to no conflict resolution paired with a lack of humanity. The author botched this series so fundamentally badly that I feel a responsibility to warn others and waste even more of my time thinking about this train wreck. I will never again read or listen to another book by this author and I encourage others to do the same. Now I am going to try to burn this waste of time, money, and energy from my brain.
P.S. I would have used much stronger language but I wanted to make sure that no one is turned off from not buying this crap.
I like this book. As foreshadowed by the Title and book Graphics, this is a medieval fantasy about a young man finding his way in the world. The writing style is exceptional and the characters are well defined.
One of the book’s themes is to “try” to succeed when all hope seems lost. Not trying means accepting a bad ending. While trying against all odds might not prevent pain, dismemberment or a cruel nickname, there is always the chance of good luck or even a decent outcome that was not expected.
The closest story line I have in reference to this is "Game of Thones", but less gritty. I loved the characters and the performance. This is a great story and is ok for young adults too. FitzChivalry is a great lead character. The others just as good.
I loved the series. It draws you in and keeps you. She is an great writer with great imagination.
I have enjoyed this book. It is a lively story with good character development. It was a fun read.