The second volume in Robin Hobb's internationally best-selling Farseer series.
We are here Fitz, you and I, to change the future and the world...
Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well.
King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes and the King's Fool with his cryptic prophesies.
©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers ... what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." (The Times)
"In today's crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb's books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons" (George R. R. Martin)
The story just seemed to go on for too long, there was bouts of activity and adventure but mostly plotting, scheming and whining
Just as good as the first one do you know how hard that is. Most sequels never live up to
It's predecessor. I can say that is not the case here. The only problem I have is that it ended so soon. Also there is a certain character that has evaded justice, he will die most gruesomely in my dreams tonight. Great narrator, simply the best, better than all the rest. May you live long and prosper my son. Thank you Robin Hobb for such a fantastic story, I have not felt this excited in a long time.
I enjoyed listening to this book very much, the story is gripping. When Paul Boehmer narrates the story, I see rather than hear the story play out in my mind. I will now move on to the next book in the series.
Starts a little slow and can be repetitive in parts but it's worth it when it gets to the second half
Slightly confusing as the performance voice changes for a few parts
Worth a listen but only if done the first in the series as you'd miss too much by not doing so
I loved reading the first book in the trilogy, and still think Robin Hobb a good author. While the story here is inventive and I was looking forward to listening to this one, it was spoiled by the narration. Is this meant to be an English accent? Incompetent voice coach if it is. I would have given no stars if possible. I shall get the third book from the library and read it, far more satisfying to give the characters voices n my own head.
I read this years ago and loved it. Now listened to the audio version which is even better. Such a well crafted plot and rich character development. The audio version helped me appreciate Fitz's reactions and to sympathise with him.
The story is amazing, the reading fantastic but I wish to reserve 5 stars for those books that shake the foundation of my thoughts.
I really liked the first book in this series but the second book as been rather mediocre. The book starts well with lots of interesting events and intrigue but then becomes rather treacle-like in terms of story pace where very little happens and you feel as if there is rather too much in terms of filler. Throughout the book there is lots of repetition of past events which becomes tired.
Certain decisions are taken by characters that are obviously going to lead to disasters given what they already know but they take those decisions anyway. The hero of the piece becomes quite frustrating because he should be able to have much better guesses to the answers of the riddles from the king's fool. The tension created in this story also felt contrived and artificial so it became annoying.
I think another problem with this book is that it feels unnecessarily long for its content. This book may suffer from a perennial problem with trilogies where the middle book is unsatisfying both in the way that not much occurs and it's ending is not satisfying as a self contained book.
The third book is nearly 38 hours, I might give this series a bit of a break before deciding whether to go back and finish it.
"Getting used to the narrator!"
Not cringing so much and despite upper class accent he is doing a fine job. The story is brilliant and worth the agony of narration.
"Absolutely stunning performance by Paul Boehmer"
The Farseer trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite works of fiction. The author carefully builds a gallery of complex and believable characters that both fulfill and transcend their given archetypes. The setting is deep and engaging and the story that takes place there is an absolutely masterful tour of themes like loyalty, friendship, love, duty, hatred and sacrifice. Robin Hobb constructs a living, breathing world around the characters with the immersive writer's voice that she maintains throughout the work. This is in turn rendered magnificently by Paul Boehner, who reads it as if it were an autobiographical work from another life. I will recommend it to my friends, and I recommend it to you.
"Could not stop listening"
An excellent follow up to Assassin's Apprentice, this book is full of action and adventure. Several times I found myself sitting in my car for several minutes at the end of my commute, waiting for a good place to pause the story, but they are hard to find! Once again, Paul Boehmer reads excellently, and does the story a great justice in the telling.
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