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Renegade's Magic: Book Three of the Soldier Son Trilogy | [Robin Hobb]

Renegade's Magic: Book Three of the Soldier Son Trilogy

Robin Hobb's thrilling Soldier Son trilogy comes to its conclusion in Renegade's Magic. Nevare Burvelle stands accused of a host of heinous crimes, including murder. And he remains under the thrall of the Speck magic that twists his psyche into a ruthless alter-ego. But all is not lost. Perhaps if he asserts control of this other self, he will emerge transformed and triumphant.
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Robin Hobb's thrilling Soldier Son trilogy comes to its conclusion in Renegade's Magic. Nevare Burvelle stands accused of a host of heinous crimes, including murder. And he remains under the thrall of the Speck magic that twists his psyche into a ruthless alter-ego. But all is not lost. Perhaps if he asserts control of this other self, he will emerge transformed and triumphant.

Listen to the rest of the Soldier Son trilogy.

©2008 Robin Hobb; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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"Robin Hobb is one of our very best fantasy writers." (Kevin J. Anderson)

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    Dave Vernon Hills, IL, United States 10-20-11
    Dave Vernon Hills, IL, United States 10-20-11
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed the Soldier Son trilogy"

    The narrator did a great job differentiating between characters with his use of pitch, accent, and even speech impediment! The story itself was wonderfully written. Unless I have missed a recent release, I own all Robin Hobb titles that Audbible has to offer. I feel that this series of books did the best job of being a series (e.g., one story that took three books to tell), and yet also retained each book as a distinct step along the character's progress (e.g., each book had a natural breaking point and didn't leave me feeling unfulfilled because of too many loose threads).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime 08-25-11
    Jaime 08-25-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Epic. Need I say more?"

    Another rousing series by epic fantasy writer, Robin Hobb. And when I say epic, I mean epic. She crafts a fully-integrated world, with not one, but two fully-realized peoples, cultures, histories, magics, and mythologies, and touches briefly enough on a third to give readers a glimpse into the swirling depths of the mind of a creative genius. She takes the reader/listener on a terrific and, occasionally, terrifying journey, and the intensity of it will take your breath away. Occasionally a bit of a slow read, it nevertheless is a rich piece of storytelling. The narration is beautifully done, with a few exceptions - places where the voices are inconsistent with the emotions described, etc. Nevertheless, John Keating does a magnificent job with giving each character a distinct voice, his own voice melodic in the telling of this fantastic tale.

    Just as a caution: Read/listen to these books in order. It is a trilogy, and while it is, in theory, possible to read and understand them as separate entities, you would lose the massive arching story and many of the subplots and foreshadowings that are present right from the first page through the last (yes, quite literally. Mz. Hobb is, in fact, a genius when it comes to wrapping stories back around to their beginnings). Shaman's Crossing/Forest Mage/Renegade Magic, for those curious. Happy reading!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brittany APO, AP, United States 08-08-10
    Brittany APO, AP, United States 08-08-10
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    "A good listen."

    Was very impressed with this book. Yes there is a sizable lack of action but as the series comes together you understand why Nevare isn't the action hero he should be. Sadly the end of this book seemed rushed. Much is left to the imagination, too much if you ask me, but still a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathon Mesa, Azerbaijan 11-13-09
    Jonathon Mesa, Azerbaijan 11-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Decent Comeback"

    I purchased this book simply to finish the Trilogy. This one, thankfully, was not as hard to get through as the second book was. All the same characters as brought back, and more is explained about the Specks. Unfortunately we are still left with the same Nevare who would rather whine and self mourn than actively fight against his circumstances. Without giving out any spoilers, if you have an extra credit lying around, I would recommend listening to this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tyson 02-23-14
    Tyson 02-23-14
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    "Different but Wonderful"
    If you could sum up Renegade's Magic in three words, what would they be?

    An odd story that kept drawing me in more and more...too fun the put down


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    He used several different voices for the various characters in the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica BALTIMORE, MD, United States 03-21-13
    Veronica BALTIMORE, MD, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    Where does Renegade's Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far I did not rank my books, I just have good books or bad books ,this series was one of the good one for me :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I did like the originality of this story and the fact that the main hero was not perfect or looking perfect like in most of the books :)


    Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No unfortunately but with this series it did an awesome jobs ,hope to found his work again :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yup it was, I loved the concepts even if I was reluctant in the begin to get the series because of some reviews .


    Any additional comments?

    Audible please bring al Robin Hobb books on here she really has a great writing style :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher El Paso, TX, United States 12-10-12
    Christopher El Paso, TX, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Run!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    The first book in this series is amazing. Then it all goes down hill. The other two books are just about how fat people are huge and disgusting but it's not really their fault. Every book I have by Robin Hobb has been horrible except this one. But like I said the series goes to crap in books two and three. STAY AWAY!!! I was surprised when I saw a picture of the author and she wasn't fat.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Lakeland, FL, United States 09-25-12
    Ronald Lakeland, FL, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Renegade's Magic the most enjoyable?

    The story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I do not want to write a review other than the star rating. I resent having to write something for the rating to go through.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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