The second volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally best-selling Farseer series.
We are here Fitz, you and I, to change the future and the world…
Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well.
King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes and the King’s Fool with his cryptic prophesies.
©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers … what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.” (The Times)
“In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons” (George R. R. Martin)
Not a literary buff but enjoy classics to Neal Stephenson,Diana Gabaldon, John Irving, Haruki Marukami. Make me think. Apprec. your reviews.
Not cringing so much and despite upper class accent he is doing a fine job. The story is brilliant and worth the agony of narration.
The Farseer trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite works of fiction. The author carefully builds a gallery of complex and believable characters that both fulfill and transcend their given archetypes. The setting is deep and engaging and the story that takes place there is an absolutely masterful tour of themes like loyalty, friendship, love, duty, hatred and sacrifice. Robin Hobb constructs a living, breathing world around the characters with the immersive writer's voice that she maintains throughout the work. This is in turn rendered magnificently by Paul Boehner, who reads it as if it were an autobiographical work from another life. I will recommend it to my friends, and I recommend it to you.
An excellent follow up to Assassin's Apprentice, this book is full of action and adventure. Several times I found myself sitting in my car for several minutes at the end of my commute, waiting for a good place to pause the story, but they are hard to find! Once again, Paul Boehmer reads excellently, and does the story a great justice in the telling.
"The story is long winded and little actually happens"
The story just seemed to go on for too long, there was bouts of activity and adventure but mostly plotting, scheming and whining
"A mediocre second book to the trilogy"
I really liked the first book in this series but the second book as been rather mediocre. The book starts well with lots of interesting events and intrigue but then becomes rather treacle-like in terms of story pace where very little happens and you feel as if there is rather too much in terms of filler. Throughout the book there is lots of repetition of past events which becomes tired.
Certain decisions are taken by characters that are obviously going to lead to disasters given what they already know but they take those decisions anyway. The hero of the piece becomes quite frustrating because he should be able to have much better guesses to the answers of the riddles from the king's fool. The tension created in this story also felt contrived and artificial so it became annoying.
I think another problem with this book is that it feels unnecessarily long for its content. This book may suffer from a perennial problem with trilogies where the middle book is unsatisfying both in the way that not much occurs and it's ending is not satisfying as a self contained book.
The third book is nearly 38 hours, I might give this series a bit of a break before deciding whether to go back and finish it.
i read this series of books years ago and have enjoyed them just as much in audio
"Probably my favourate book in the series"
This is without a doubt my favourate book in the series. The court intrigues are particularly interesting and the subtle change in the balance of power.
Paul reads with great expression and being a brit myself I particularly liked his British accent which, while he flaters on one or two words throughout the performance giving away that he is actually an american, gives a nice feel to the narrative and I much prefer it to listening to the ubiquitous american accent one hears in many other audiobooks. I see that a few people have complained about this accent - I personally very much liked it and think it sounds much better this way (and I'm actually rather impressed he kept it up for that many hours on end!)
"Good Idea by an Unskilled Author"
Robin Hobb has had a good idea for a fantasy novel, unfortunately he does not have the skill of composition to make it a good book. As with J.K Rowling and Dan Brown - you frequently get distracted from the story by the authors poor rendition of it. Robin Hobb might not be quite as bad an author as those two - but it is still frustrating enought for me to disuade people from spending time with it.
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