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"Robin Hobb is one of our very best fantasy writers." (Kevin J. Anderson)
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!
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.
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).
This book was as bad as waiting in the doctor's office. It just kept going, and going and going, and I kept wondering when my misery would finally end. I kept thinking to myself that this was from Robin Hobb and that I had loved her other books so it had to get better. It didn't. If you've already wasted money on it, play it at 1.5 or 1.25 speed to lessen the time of your misery.
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.
No but you will be sitting on the edge of your seat!
As always Robin Hobb has done a great job telling an exciting story that will keep you up and on the edge of insanity waiting to see what happens next.
Perfect blend of emotions and pacing made this great. I don't normally review but just had to after listening it was so much fun.
Hobb is a master. This is a perfectly self-contained work that hints at a world full of stories. Honestly, I would love more, not necessarily from Nevare. She wrapped up his arc well. But this world is so rich that I want more of it. Hobb's craftsmanship and writing style make this an amazing journey with an ending that does not disappoint while still leaving the future open to interpretation. What needs to end ends, questions are answered, more questions raised, but I think the new questions are best left to the reader's imagination. Hobb has made an excellent end to a masterpiece of a trilogy, one that I feel does not have a weak book at all in it like some trilogies do. She truly is one of the best.
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