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“This is absolutely my favorite series ever. I didn't just read this book, I became a part of the story through Fitz's journey. By the end, I truly felt that I had ended a part of my life, that I had somehow matured simply by reading. Thank you, Robin Hobb, for a wonderful epic.
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“This book keeps you on the edge expect something amazing is going to take place, and yet even to the last page, it fails to deliver. By the time I realized this I was too far in to quit. But if your out their looking for a new fun series. Save your time and pass this one up.”see full review » see other reviews »
“This book keeps you on the edge expect something amazing is going to take place, and yet even to the last page, it fails to deliver. By the time I realized this I was too far in to quit. But if your out their looking for a new fun series. Save your time and pass this one up. ”Judahml wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this series.”Gina Gibbs wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty good writing - good for a change in fantasy! While the story is slow for most of the book, I thought the book was better then the other fantasy book I read last week (Mistborn).
Clearly a more accomplished writer than most current fantasy writers.”
“A strange book.
Some will find it awesome; some will wonder why it is so highly rated. Some will find it moving; some will lose patience.
Very well written; good language; great writing style. But very slow; almost glacial in pace.
Plot wise, little happens in the first 85% of the book (as a six-yer old grows up to his teens). The next 10% is electric. The reader must invest in the first three-quarters of the book. That may be difficult for those who do not appreciate long and detailed descriptive narrations, and pages of the narrator's thoughts and feelings.
Character wise, there essentially one central character; all others are supports. A couple of them come off well. It is a linear, single threaded story; written in first person; with few complexities.”
“In the mood to read a good, solid fantasy trilogy, I picked up the Farseer series by Robin Hobb. It was highly recommended on every “Top Fantasy Reads” list I looked at. That’s really saying something, eh? “Assassin’s Apprentice” (Book 1) begins with the main character as an old man recalling his life story, starting at the tender age of six. Right away, the reader knows she’s in for an ambitious story. Being a writer myself, I appreciate the foreshadowing that Hobbs deftly employed here as well as the organization that goes behind it. The author has a straightforward style that is easy to read. Her character development is amazing, and she takes the time to “grow” the individuals, and they are wonderfully depicted as believable people with natural flaws and foibles. There are no instant advancements or ready-made solutions to either their development or the story’s. Hobbs also does a fine job with setting development, and her plot is just convoluted enough to make things interesting without being confusing.
That being said, and I am looking at the series as a whole, there are some places where the story dragged enough to make me want to skip ahead. I understand that she tried to make each of the three novels work more or less as a standalone. However, this involved boring and copious amounts of repetition made worse by editorial gaffs in which words and/or phrases were often duplicated—in the same paragraph, no less.
I found the first book the least engaging, and if I had not set out to read the trilogy, I would have quit there. The ending did nothing to encourage me to pick up the next book. In spite of that, I’m glad I did. I cried my way through the last couple of chapters. In the end, I felt sympathy and a real fondness for not just the main character, Fitz, but for most of the supporting cast. As another reviewer said, “If you want a story that can pull you in, wring you out, and leave you feeling like you have really been through something, then read this.””
“A good book and I found it to be written well but I got really frustrated with the MC. The kid/teenager was trained to be the King's Assassin, yet he took a long time to guess things that were plain to anybody. The book also causes your heart to ache a few times, mostly over how he's treated and how he loses whatever companions he finds to ease his loneliness.”Midu wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An excellent book and a promising start to a trilogy I very much look forward to completing. Can't wait to start the next two books!
Robin Hobb writes in the first person, something I found quite a pleasant change as most fantasy reads seem to be third person narratives. The writing style is also very engaging and remains interesting throughout the book. While the concept of an assassin storyline is not particularly new, Robin Hobb fleshes out the rest of the universe in quite a refreshing manner. Hob does not include the elves/dwarves/orcs races that many other fantasies find mandatory, but still manages to weave in his own kind of magic/sorcery/special abilities.
Finally, and I cannot stress this enough, I was very happy to find that there was not a single character whose actions/personality grated on my nerves as can be seen in David Eddings Belgariad and some other books with weak characters.
I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the sword and sorcery genre. You won't regret reading this!”
“I wanted to like this book. I tried to like it for 149 pages. I didn't like it. Sorry book club.”Dianne L wrote this review Monday, January 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love Hobb”Yvonne Hertzberger wrote this review Monday, December 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No