Overall this was a good read. It tied things up nicely. It didn't really leave me super satisfied though. The first is the best book in this trilogy, for sure.
Great conclusion of the Farseer Trilogy. Much that happens in this book is again mentioned in the Tawny Man and Fitz and the Fool Trilogies. Even the Liveship Traders and Rain Wild Chronicles have bits and characters in them so I recommend reading them in order even though it's not required. You can find the order on Wikipedia under Robin Hobbs bibliography. I did notice a few stumbles in the narrative, however the reading voice is consistent, expressive, and allows you to get wrapped up in the story. Overall a great conclusion to a fantastic trilogy.
I felt like Hobb got bored with the series and didn't put as much effort into this one as the other two. The story line rambled a bit, wandering in and out of relevancy.
I was not a fan of the narrator. He has an amazing reading voice but it was so very slow. I had to speed the play up to 1.5 speed, then it truly sounded like he was reading at a normal cadence.
Yes and no. The reader was great. Took me about 30 minutes to adapt after greats like Steven Pacey, but he was good...not as great, but very good.
The ending is very sad and in many ways unfulfilling to the life of the protagonist, but still great story telling....This is not where my issues lie.
The incomprehensible ability for the reader (or listener) to know what is happening when the characters do not is damn right frustrating. It is just too obvious. I understand how it can happen in books, but this was just too obvious.Also, some SERIOUS discrepancies in what the characters first said they felt/thought, then what later they stated was what they said/felt/thought....Just because it is a new book doesn't change what they had previously said/had been written!
Constantly waiting for action - you will feel the drain of the day loooong loooong before the action you desire occurs. The grueling day lasts forever before the action you were waiting for occurs. And then when it happens, it is in no way Joe Abercrombie detailed engaged fighting. It is fast action, lacking in full explicit details of the occurrence. This is a constant lack in Hobb's writing. Prolonged days, excessively fast end to day with critical action with insufficient detail.
The constant fatigue you feel is overwhelming...partly the reader, but mostly, the writer. The character is constantly running on adrenaline....or other things...and to hear this constant reference of fatigue for 40+ hours of audiobook....draining. The people that listen to audiobooks don't need reminders of how freaking tired they are, all the time.
Food references are monotone. That's one of the many things I love about GRRM, and probably why he got a cookbook out of his books. Diversity in the food. It doesn't always have to be the same meal described exactly the same way, every meal.
Overall, fantastic story telling. She has a knack for a good story. Sour execution in the way questions that are obvious weren't asked. This continues in her later series as does the infinite wait for action as we mull over the mundane details that drag on forever. I hope for better resolve, description, timing and character awareness in her future book.
The pace of the story can drag out at times with no real purpose to the over all plot. The book picks up at the end but not enough to fully recommend this book.
As with most book series the first book starts off a little slow but builds quite nicely. Then ending of the 1st and second keep you hooked. The ending here was little disappointing for me but apparently there's another book although the reviews are scathing as their is a new narrator. Narration is good and consistent for the first 3 books. Worth a listen if you like fantasy series.
So you've read the first two books of The Assassin's Apprentice and you come to the third. But this tome is an epic in its own right. And Fitz has the most insecure inner dialogue of any male ever. So Hobb narrates every step of every mile while Fitz worries and worries and the wolf provides the only wisdom. Meantime a pretty good story is told until the end. But the end is an afterthought only, as if, once Fitz settles his mind, nothing much matters and the story is finished in broad strokes quickly.
Narration is rich with expression, but often inaccurate reads left me translating. All in all, entertaining but not quite masterful.
Good enough for me to pursue more in the series, though.
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.