This book is very well written, and I like the way you see how the characters grow.
I think the court life is interesting along with the political dilemmas. The plots and schemes are good, but it's missing some action. When ever Robbin takes us into battle we black out and can only remember bits and pieces. I personally love the action of battle in my fantasy books and this is a big hole for this book.
Lastly I don't care much for the love story in this book. I find it hard to believe, but that is why it is a fantasy book I suppose.
In short a good book if you like court life and coos, along with un wavering love. Not so good if crave action and adventure.
About halfnway through and then again toward the end Boehner changed the sound of his voice. I have listened to many titles he has done before and never has this happened as significantly as with this book. It took a few minutes to figure out which character he was doing. Other than that I loved the story. I sometimes read bad reviews regarding Hobbs work, but have never had anything except love and excitement for her work. Some criticize bt saying character development is thin and shallow. Possibly the reason someone might say that is due to then not following this saga. Hobbs builds very intricate characters throughout the saga and then carries them through book by book. If you were to just pick one up mid saga or series, you might be lost a bit, but definitely not if you read the saga as Gibb intends. The first book of this saga that I jumped in with was toward the end. And then fell in love and went to her first and have been working my way through and find detailed intricately woven character development. Hobb has a website to help you figure out how the saga develops in order for the best enjoyment.
Third listen yet come away with something new each time. This time I'm determined to listen to all the books and series in chronological order, since I've finally completed the collection. I do adore the entire collection even having read/listened out of order.
The story is very good but it is Beohmer's reading that makes it great. Characters' are voiced distinctly and convincingly, even the women, without sounding at all silly.
I'm going to be sorry when I reach the end of the published series.
it's a long listen but if you're patient it's worth every moment.
Fitz is the embodiment of all our desires, that no matter how alone we will ever be their is a significant balance we may strike by being true to ourselves and our word...at least as much as we can be.
Old Bear likes the honey
Both are equal. Depends on preference.
The siege of Neatbay was the most memorable and fantastic. The characters really steal the show here. The first book introduced a fantastic, deep, and complex group of characters, each with real motives and personalities. They are made even more introspective and complex in this second book.
Probably the scene in the Queens garden between Kettricken, Fitz, and Duke Brawndy.
It's very long and I am not a one sitting kind of guy.
If you liked the first a lot, I bet you'll like the second even more!!!
How often is a middle book in a trilogy just filler? This one is not. It's substantial and just as powerful as the other two! Excellent series and reader.