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Robin Hobb's thrilling Soldier Son trilogy comes to its conclusion in Renegade's Magic. Nevare Burvelle stands accused of a host of heinous crimes, including murder. And he remains under the thrall of the Speck magic that twists his psyche into a ruthless alter-ego. But all is not lost. Perhaps if he asserts control of this other self, he will emerge transformed and triumphant.
Listen to the rest of the Soldier Son trilogy.
©2008 Robin Hobb (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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"Robin Hobb is one of our very best fantasy writers." (Kevin J. Anderson)

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Ugh! Finally Finished!!!

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Epic. Need I say more?

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!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Decent Comeback

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Thoroughly enjoyed the Soldier Son trilogy

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).

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Excellent Story Telling

I love Robin Hobb - her characters are full rounded and you fall in love with them, despite all their quirks. Which is why I didn't like this story - it was hard for me to listen to all of the bad things that kept happening over and over again to the main character that I had become so fond of. I won't listen to this book again BUT I am glad I finished it.

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A good listen.

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.

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Longest story I've ever read

This series has been so detailed and long I constantly fell asleep. Definitely not one of Robin Hobb's best. Many times I thought to stop listening because it is so detailed it was boring. The story was magical in parts, but again more information given then I think anyone listening cared. I would
not recommend this trilogy to anyone. The narrator did a great job with all the characters which did assist me to listen til the end.

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I couldn't stop listening!

Thought provoking and gripping! A magical tale not to far from real! The magic is all around!

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Unexpected ending - very good

I loved it. Well written and left me wanting more. Robin did a spectacular job.

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Waaaaaay Too Long!

What did you like best about Renegade's Magic? What did you like least?

The core story of this series is good, but it could have been told in a single novel. As a trilogy, it was filled with words and thoughts that were repetitive and did nothing to advance the plot. It became VERY tedious.

If you’ve listened to books by Robin Hobb before, how does this one compare?

This book and series is my least favorite of Robin Hobb's works. In fact, I believe that had I not read it last, or enjoyed her other works so much, I may have liked this series better. In my opinion, it simply did not measure up.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Keating?

Yes, the narration was the best part of this particular series.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes. In fact, I think a movie version of the series would do better justice to the core of the story than the books, which were repetitive and filled with words that did nothing to advance the plot. A movie would cut through all that. One movie could easily cover the entire trilogy and do a better job telling the story.