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.
I THINK I WILL NAME YOU MEAT. These are Dragons worth reading about. These Dragons have complex personalities, yet their character stays within th..Show More »e bounds set in previous literature on dragons. They are arrogant, lack empathy, believe humans are either meant to serve them or be food, and you will love them. You could not substitute any other animal in their place, they are distinctly Dragons.
She got MADDER, BECAUSE SHE DID NOT KNOW WHY SHE WAS MAD. Robin Hobb has uncanny insight into the human psyche. She knows all the complex and simple thoughts that go through our heads. She understands how we feel as we interact with others, how words or actions can affect us, based on our personalities. I love it when she touches on those things we often think about, but never vocalize. She offers advice through her characters with out being preachy and you may not even realize she is doing it. She is not overly dramatic, nor does she skip over what makes us real. Most of all she is entertaining, never boring.
This being the fourth and finally book of the series, you should start with at least book one of this series. I suggest that you start with The Liveship Traders Trilogy. It is the series just before this series and both series share some characters. This series is a stand alone series, but will make even better sense if you read Ship of Magic and it's two sequels first.
I love Anne Flosnik for Robin Hobb's Fantasies. Her voice has a very unique quality, that puts you into Hobb's world of Dragons, right from page one. She does not do a whole lot of voices, but Hobb's writing is so good, you will never get your characters mixed up and she does it without the he says, she says scenario. She is sort of the female version of John Lee.
HIS WORDS DANCE ALL THROUGH THE TRUTH NEVER THOUCHING THEM.