Where ever I am that's where I'll be.
If you have read Assassins Apprentice then prepare to rejoin Fitz in his life at Buckeep. As he fast approaches manhood he learns more of his strengths, weaknesses and loves. As always Robin Hobb intertwines the story with a familarity that makes you think of the characters as friends & in the case of Regal enemies. If you havent expereinced Robin Hobb do so NOW
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
As the title says this is #2 in the series. If you have not read book #1 you will not enjoy this book. Book one, develops the main characters and if you start here you will think he is some whinny sick boy. You must read book one to understand the characters.
If you have read book one, then you are in for a treat. When I first read this series I actually liked the second book better then the first. In this book there is less of Chade and more of the Fool. There is more about the wit, a talent I believe would be great to have. Fitz starts the story out sick and pretty much stays sick and hurt throughout the book. Regal has a bigger meaner part in this and Verity leaves Buck Keep.
Like most of Hobb's books you really get caught up in the lives of these people. Hobb does better character development then anyone I know. For the second reading this did get a little long, yet I still enjoyed it, though not as much as the first time. All of Hobb's characters are flawed, even though the leading character tries hard to do well. I did get a little frustrated with the way Fitz treated Molly. If I had been in the same situation I am sure I would have chosen the girl over the King, but I am not Fitz.
The Liveship series is my favorite series by anyone and then Hobb's Forrest Mage series and then this series. I hope to soon complete the Dragon series, which may bump this series down to 4th place.
I have also started to enjoy reading Hobb's first books, written under the name of Megan Lindholm, I hope they come out on audible.
Narrator is excellent.
I was really hoping this book was going to take off but it never picked up and there was very little action. I was hoping for some real action but the only action was poisoning people.
A good story over all but it dragged on for so long that I will not be investing the time to listen to the last one. This series falls short.
I was looking for the story about the souless red raiders, the mystery of the fool who saw the future (and the nexus), the fable of the elderlings, the different magics, etc. etc. Unfortunately that is only about 10% of the storyline. The rest of the story is extreme character development to the point that the story is more focused on the 15 year old falling in love, the "bad" boy prince throwing his brother under the bus, the king being slowly poisoned by his son, AND...the burning question: is the serving woman (ex-candlemaker) going to get pregnant (?), ...and all those soap opery things that seem to sell fantasy books nowadays. Don't get me wrong...very interesting characters ...but. If you enjoy George RR Martin....this is a simpler offering along those veins. Fiction in reality but thinly disguised as sci-fi/fantasy. AND, "No" I did not finish this book. I got 20 hours into and said, "Enough". AND, I feel fine giving a review regardless... because this is about a product that I bought and paid for and did not finish due to lack of enjoyment. Not to say you won't enjoy...just saying I enjoyed it to a point...and then got REALLY tired of everything else while waiting for the story I was waiting for ...to develop. I gave up. I really LIKE character driven stories.... but not so driven by character that they are JUST about characters. This is only sci-fi/fantasy because of the token elements that are probably resolved at the very end. More than 80% of this storyline is ...soap opera. Too big of a price (in my book) for what is probably only a token pay-off. Even if the pay-off is HUGE ... at this point...I Just Don't Care. Anyway.
The first intallment as a decent start to a trilogy, but the second installment makes it clear that few if anyone will be able to stick out reading all three books.
The plot was lost, the character development is week....I am stopping at 2.