I have gone from really liking the protagonist, to wishing he would hurry up and die. The series has become an old woman's preaching on the brashness of male youth. unreadable garbage.
I just got through the Farseer series. It is very well written and a fun story to follow. It is easy to fall in love with the characters. The narrator is also quite good. It is a must read/listen if you like fantasy.
Hobbs gives another wookie-cry-face-story witha reasonably settled ending,but I'm thrilled about The Tawny Man Trilogy.
I'm a Teen Services librarian at a Public Library. I love fantasy, history, realistic fiction, memoirs, sci-fi, and YA fiction/fantasy.
Excellent world building and characterization. This is the best book of the trilogy. It seemed as if the author took a long time to move her characters to their destiny.
Having read this series by R Hobb years ago, I was surprised at how much Paul Boehmer lent to the story itself. It is a multi-layered tale given voice by a master narrator. I will look for other books he has voiced as well.
It's a long book with a very slow and tedious beginning. I don't know how many times I almost returned the book, but I am very glad I didn't give up on it. The last 2/3 of the book is actually really good! A fitting conclusion to the series.
With so many threads I thought many times that I could see which way the weaving would lead. I was always wrong, but never felt cheated. In so many ways, this trilogy exceeded my hopes in a way no book or set of books ever has.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
When you "live" with a trilogy for over 84 hrs and it's wonderfully well done, several things happen: you become almost intimate with the primary characters and you care about them; the narrator becomes the color and texture of your experience; and you find a temporary hole in your day when the trilogy ends. All of these outcomes were true for me with the Farseer Trilogy.
This is a story of a coming of age for a young fatherless boy. He searches for and finds family, relationships and purpose throughout these books. And just to kick the experience into high gear, it is all set against a fantasy world with real villains (worthy of your fear and enmity) and magic. If you are an animal lover you will be captivated by Fitz's kinship with his wolf. The story is filled with drama and a reasonable amount of action. Not all the outcomes are happy and the protagonists don't always realize their desired outcomes -- which just serves to make the story the more real to the listener.
None of the books standalone terribly well; the 2nd and 3rd installments definitely need to be heard with the context that is set in the 1rst book. This 3rd book suffers just a touch by a slowness in the middle. However that is more than remedied by fast, furious and magical action in the last few chapters to bring the story to a rousing close. As a tease: I recommend paying particular attention to the dragons in this book.
Of special note: Paul Boehmer does a superb job on the narration. He is one of the few male narrators that does a great job of giving voice to the women of the story. In my mind, he made this series flow beautifully, I'm sorry that he isn't the narrator of the next series. But will that stop me from immediately diving into the next trilogy featuring these characters? Absolutely not!!