Robin Hobb is an author I can never get enough of. I love how her adventure tales are character driven and always tinged with bittersweet. This one is..Show More » no different and I look forward to part 2. I really like how she gently reminds the readers of details in books past without turning it into an obvious summary. I haven't read Liveship Traders in years, but her hints refreshed the plots instantly. I do suggest you read the Liveship tales first before starting on this book.
My main issue with the book is how abruptly it ended! I realize Hobb always writes in series and expected this to be continued, but this wasn't even a cliffhanger. It just seemed to skid to a halt in mid-scene. I was so confused I made sure I didn't have a chapter in my Library left to download. Very unsatisfying not to have some little mini wrap-up so the reader knows that yes, this section of tale is coming to an end.
The reader was mostly good. She has an odd vocal habit of drawing out the last syllables of words in the end of paragraphs. For example: "...we have been richer, that's for surrrreee". or "...the final killing shalloooows." The city name Kelsingra often sounds like "Kelsingraaaaa", especially when she is voicing the dragons. Perhaps it has to do with her English accent, but I found it rather distracting in an otherwise excellent reading.
This continues in the same world as the author's "Live Ships" trilogy, and includes some of the same characters, a few years on. The narrator voices ..Show More »the fine mix of interesting characters, human and inhuman, with convincing skill. The only minor annoyance is that it ends somewhat abruptly, albeit after 17 very enjoyable hours - a story that is very clearly "to be continued". Soon I hope!
I loved this author's Farseer trilogy. I loved her Soldier son Trilogy. I though her Tawny man trilogy was also good. I was looking forward to such a ..Show More »trilogy in the Rain Wilds trilogy. I felt very little happened in the first book. In this last book, just a little more happened. I guess the closest thing I can compare how I feel about this series so far is this: It's just like when you are very hungry, an excellent cook invites you to a meal, you sit down to eat, and instead of getting some solid, delicious food, you get watered down soup without any meat, peas, or anything - just hot water. I believe Robin Hobb is a great writer, but this series really hasn't borne that out.
I am always looking for a good new epic fantasy. If you are like me and doing the same and have already done the greats (Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, George R. R. Martin's A song of ice and fire series - warning: Martin is slow about finishing this series so it gets frustrating) try Brandon Sanderson's books - Elantris is very good. So is his Mistborn series. His new book - War breaker is also pretty good. It seems he is batting a thousand right now - everything he is putting out is pretty good.
There is a series I read recently that was also pretty good - The Deeds of Parksenarion Dathsandotter(a female heroine).
Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series just got finished - it was very good. Jim Butlter's Codex Alera series is excellent - I have listened to it at least 10 times this year - the series just concluded although I hope JB will continue the series or start a new series that continues the story.
Brent Week's Night Angel trilogy wasn't bad (The way of Shadows, etc). Although I kept seeing reflections of other series in it - a lot of the elements of the world were very similar to elements from the Wheel of Time series.
There are others, but the above is probably good enough for right now.
I just finished the audiobook and was disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I love Robin Hobb and most all of her books, but I knew something was wrong wi..Show More »th this book when I saw that this book was only 13 hours when all of her others were at least 20+. Without any spoilers I felt this book was all filler drama to make an extra buck. This can't be the end of the series because there was not much progress from the last book. New problems that were introduced in this book were not even resolved. Anyways all bagging on the story aside, I was glad I read it. It wasn't horrible, it just felt incomplete and like it had no real ending.