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Forest Mage

The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Jonathan Barlow
Series: Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
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The second book in the brand-new trilogy from the author of the Tawny Man trilogy, following on from the best-selling Shaman’s Crossing. The King's Cavalla Academy has been ravaged by the Speck plague. The disease has decimated the ranks of both cadets and instructors, and even the survivors remain sickly. Many have been forced to relinquish their military ambitions and return to their families to face lives of dependency and disappointment.

As the Academy infirmary empties, Cadet Nevare Burvelle also prepares to journey home, to attend his brother Rosse's wedding. Far from being a broken man, Nevare is hale and hearty after his convalescence. He has defeated his nemesis, Tree Woman, and freed himself of the Speck magic that infected him and attempted to turn him against his own people. A bright future awaits him as a commissioned officer betrothed to a beautiful young noblewoman.

Yet his nights are still haunted by dreams of the voluptuous Tree Woman; dreams in which his Speck self-betrays everything he holds dear in his waking life. Has the plague infected him in ways far more mysterious than the merely physical? Despite his fears, Nevare will journey back to Widevale in high spirits, in full expectation of a jubilant homecoming and a tender reunion with his beautiful fiancée, Carsina.

But his life is about to take a shocking turn, as the magic in his blood roars to life and forces him to recognize that his most dangerous enemy, an enemy that seeks to destroy all he loves, might dwell within him.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • KatyJ
  • 12-19-16

plot extruded to ludicrous length!

I love the characters and the plot but l
talk about dragging out the misery and self doubt!!! I feel the tale would benefit from a little more pace - too repetitive!! !

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  • maz
  • 12-04-17

left me wondering what was going to happen next !

left me wondering what was going to happen next! lots of twists and turns keeping me interested

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  • ivar
  • 10-17-17

I'll try to be nice

I'll start with saying that I liked the first book alot, the only thing I disliked was how stupid the Navi, But he's just a teen and so I thought to myself -okey he's not suppose to be all knowing, and that he doesn't understand what the magic wants of him. All in all a decent listen, but my god the quote "I don't understand" was getting really tired, he's even more stupid and stubborn in this one, and I mean overly so, this read(listen) was dreadful.
I do like your books Margaret, but this one was way too much back and forth, and when I thought you were finished, it only continued, "I don't understand" For a moment I thought -ah she's probably building it up for something grand. Boy was I mistaken. It was like you were only trying to make the book longer, if the objective was to make the reader understand how confused Navi was then you over did that by a mile, it was just boring, and The joy I felt when I finished it was that for it was over and I didn't have to listen to it anymore
Jonathan Barlow did a real job though, surly I'd like ti listen to him again.
I will not be buying the next book.

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  • Alistair
  • 01-30-13

Depressing

I couldn’t finish this book. It was so miserable and I became irritated by the main character failing to have the common sense to realise what is happening to him or speak up for himself.

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  • victoria
  • 09-15-19

Good story, shame about the reader.Q

Another amazing piece of robin Hobbs lovely storytelling. She facilitates the reader’s entry into a world far removed from our’s but that reflects many of those the reader can empathise with. The problem in this reading is it’s reader’s (narrator) inept handling of words? Surely this could be avoided by his familiarising himself with the text and sifting out the problem words, checking pronunciation then, reading? None of these words are difficult or strange... I would have thought the readers you (Audible) night be above this type of problem?

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  • lilikins
  • 09-10-19

Misery!

Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does. If feels like being asked to watch a holocaust in slow motion. I’m not listening to this particular book again. Hope the next part is happier!!

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  • jake w
  • 01-19-19

good

beautifully written, but depressing. Robbin Hobb is a genius, I've never made it through this series on paper

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  • helen
  • 10-03-18

Slow Burner

very good, but slow in getting to the heart of the matter. You have to listen to this if you have book 1 of this series.

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  • Pod
  • 06-25-18

The story of a schizophrenic obese wizard

An interesting sequel that takes Nevare's story into life outside the academy. Hijinks ensue.

The Speck are different enough noble savages to be interesting.

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  • Mr David Smith
  • 08-24-16

Forest Mage

I have loved all of robins books in the set and I have fore of her over set and they are very good to

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  • Josh
  • 10-15-18

Forest Fatty

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. do yourself a favour and start a new series, I beg you. This is a painful book detailing a half decent main character being betrayed, cheated, disbelieved and generally being blamed for everything. His amazing superpower is fatness; I'm not even joking. The magic power that he cannot use or control makes him fat and has no real benefit other than making the whole world distrust and hate him. The only things that happen are when the "magic made me do it". This is the worst fantasy book I have ever read, and I cannot believe it came from the same authour who gave us "The Farseer Trilogy".

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  • Lori
  • 03-06-15

Tragic

If you're a sucker for tragedy then you will enjoy this book. Not Robin Hobb's best trilogy, but enjoyable all the same. A lot of people find the main character Navare to be whiny and are frustrated with his lack of action. His soul was divided in two, and each half functions as a separate identity (Soldier Boy and Navare) which was raised in two different worlds and cultures. Each half suffers under the loss of the other. Navare as a whole person would be brave, driven, decisive and very un-whiny - so there would be no story as a perfect Navare would have solved the worlds problems with no fuss.

I enjoyed the narrator, he had an animated style and put on different accents and voices for the characters without doing the annoying high pitched voices for female characters that some male narrators do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-19

Very disappointed

It dragged on, I kept listening in the hope that good things would happen. Very slow and depressing. I had to stop listening a few time as it was so annoying. Very disappointed after reading so many.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-21-19

listen to a different robin hobbs book!

I love Robin Hobbs books but while well written this was depressing beginning to end!

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  • Daniel
  • 11-12-18

Astonishing

If Franz Kafka were a modern fantasy author, this is the horror he might write.

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  • Stephen
  • 04-08-18

must read or hear

I was throughly entertained with the story I couldn't wait to see what was happening. I am looking forward to learning what happens next.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-17

Slow and steady

Quite a slow read even for a fan of Hobb's writing style, but still a compelling story with great characters and gut-wrenching emotion.

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  • Erin
  • 08-12-17

intense, beautiful sad story

Jonathon Barlows voice is like cream and sugar as he reads this intense and sad story. Hobb is the queen of character misfortune. she makes GRR Martin look like to wimp