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Publisher's Summary

A luminary in SF literature, Robin Hobb continues her marvelous Soldier Son trilogy with part two, Forest Mage.

Nevare Burvelle has survived major combat and is making a quick recovery from a disease plaguing his fellows in the King's army. He also believes he is free from the Speck magic that held him under its sway. Now traveling home to rendezvous with his fiancée, Nevare suffers haunting visions and soon realizes that malicious magic still resides within him - and is intent on destroying everything he holds dear.

©2006 Robin Hobb (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    2 out of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this series.

I really wanted to like this series. The setting is awesome. There is a wonderful political landscape, a fairly original system for magic, and interesting peoples. The problem is that the individual characters are mind numbingly dull and painfully lacking in intelligence.

The main character of the novel is so amazingly un-dynamic that you wonder if he has any memory for the past events of the books. Three-fourths of the the way through the second book, we have watched him go through a vast number of experiences and been forced to tediously read his moaning and self-reflections on them, and then he repeats the same verbal responses, preforms the same actions, and gets the same results. We are told by other characters that he is smart and fit to go out on his own to explore and be a "Scout," but all the evidence we witness makes me wonder how anyone could reach that conclusion. Honestly, the book would be much improved if it randomly ended with, "And he fell in a hole and died. The End."

The other major issue is Hobb's inability to get to the point. I can't decide if Hobb wants us to see Burvelle as an idiot, or if she thinks the readers are so stupid as to need the same point to be retold to us 10 different ways. I guess it's one way to fill up space.

I journeyed with Nevare Burvelle because I wanted to see more of the world he inhabits, but seeing his world through his eyes while listening to his inner monologue is far to painful to continue into another book.

All of that said, the narration gives this tedious work some life. I'll be looking for other books read by Keating.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Worst series by Robin Hobb

Would you try another book from Robin Hobb and/or John Keating?

Yes

What was most disappointing about Robin Hobb’s story?

I understand that she is building the story for book three, but this book was torture. I kept waiting for the plot to just take off like her other stories do. But, the main character is so self-pitying and has no character growth. The further I got into the story, the more I hated him and hoped someone would kill him off... Terrible to say because I LOVE Robin Hobb, just not this book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story picks up in the very last few chapters.

Any additional comments?

It wasn't for me, but I will say I have read all of her other series, but this one is just lacking in plot and character development. I am disappointed, but will continue to try other series written by Robin Hobb.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Painful

The story is incredibly slow and drawn out. When dreadful things happened to Nevare (which they did repeatedly), I was so pleased that at least something was happening (probably not the reaction the author was after).

I quite liked the first book, but this one just dragged. I want to know what happens in the end, but don't know if I can face book three.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Accused & misunderstood again,I don't care anymore

Robin Hobb is a talented writer. She comes up with interesting ideas and she can write.

But she seems to get in a rut in this series.

She writes the main character well enough that you care about him. But then, over and over again, he is misunderstood and accused of awful behavior and crimes. He moves from one place to another and then the same scene develops. Over and over again.

Yes, its purposeful and has a point, but it makes for a somewhat unpleasant read. Tedious.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Tom
  • Batavia, Illinois, United States
  • 10-11-09

No Action

im almost done with this book..and going to stop listing. The author, for some reason haves no concept of action. It's a good story, but is missing the hero i'd expect in a epic Fantacy book.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as Book 1

Character was an idiot, story line was poor and long winded, narrative was too monotone. Not your best work.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't Finish It

This was the last trilogy of Robin Hobb's that was left for me. I'd read all the others and loved them. I slogged through the first book in the series and was foolish enough to buy the second book thinking surely things would get better. They got worse. I usually will stick with a book to the bitter end but I finally gave up on it and quit a third of the way through. It was too depressing and I really couldn't get into the main character. Sooooooo disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Krista
  • San Antonio, Texas USA
  • 12-04-15

When will it end?

I played this book at 1.25 speed just to get it to end faster. I was already committed to the series and had enjoyed Robin Hobb's other books so immensely I kept thinking it was going to get better, it just had to, right? Wrong. It continued throughout to be a mediocre story with little actually happening. The performance, however, was good.

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  • Amanda
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 06-26-15

awful and depressing

this book is so bad. so much potential but just awful and sad and doesn't get better. moves Sooo slowly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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frustratingly brilliant

I want to strangle a lot of the characters, and get pissed off at them...but ultimately i support them in their struggles and Hobb paints an intriguing picture and i can't stop staring and wanting more :)

3 of 5 people found this review helpful