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Summary

The final book in the Soldier Son series, from the author of the Tawny Man and Farseer trilogies, following on from the best-selling Shaman’s Crossing and Forest Mage.

The people of Getty's town remember the death of their cemetery soldier vividly. They remember believing him guilty of unspeakable crimes, condemning him, and then watching as other men of his unit beat him until he no longer drew breath. But Nevare Burvelle didn't die that day, though everyone believes they saw it happen. He was cornered by a power far more intractable than an angry mob. When he was a boy, the magic of the Specks - the dapple-skinned tribes of the frontier forests - claimed Nevare as a saviour; severing his soul in two, naming his stolen half Soldier's Boy and shaping him into a weapon to halt the Gernian expansion into their lands and save their beloved ancestor trees. Until now Nevare has defied the magic, unable to accept his traitorous fate. But the magic has won: It has extinguished his once golden future, devastated his family and has now turned his own people against him. Faced with endangering the only loved-ones he has left, Nevare has no choice but to surrender to its will and enter the forest.

But surrendering to his Speck destiny is only the beginning of his trials. Before he submits completely, Nevare makes one desperate last attempt to deter the Gernians from the Barrier Mountains without causing them harm. But the magic accepts no compromise. Exhausted, Nevare can no longer suppress his traitorous Speck self, Soldiers Boy. Losing control, he becomes a prisoner in his own body; able only to watch helplessly as his other half takes Soldier's Boy is determined to stop the Gernian expansion at all cost, and unlike Nevare, he has no love, nor sympathy for his spirit-twin's world.

©2007 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"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)

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Absolutely exceptional ❤️

Loved every moment. A spellbinding story of love, redemption and living one's true purpose

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a good end

a suitable conclusion to an epic trilogy, gripping and frustrating, and edge of the seat story with lots of highs and lows.

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Not up to Hobb's usual standard...

I’ve persevered with this story to the third book as it has some very good characters, but maaaaannnn this book is so slow. It’s incredibly repetitive, nothing seems to happen for the first two thirds.

I think at least half of it could be edited out and it would read better (and this coming from someone who thinks the bigger the book, the better!) I haven’t finished yet as still listening but I think if I’d been reading this in the traditional sense I’d have given up by now, or sped through it just to see how it ends.

Even being a massive fan of Hobb’s amazing writing I can’t help but be a bit disappointed. The narrator is excellent however, loved him throughout all three books. Just a shame the plot is a so stale.

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Gripping but torturous

To keep it brief:
- I greatly enjoyed the Fit's series and would recommend this Trilogy as well.
- This trilogy does have a slow pace, but I found the experience very immersive.
- The setting is unique and very interesting. Definitely not another medieval fantasy setting.
- The misery and strife in these books can be oppressive. It remember struggling with it in the 2nd book. But it has a point and I wouldn't want it toned down.
- The main characters journey and how he shifts from cultural perspectives; comparing, contrasting, and eventually integrating their ideas into his identity, was my favourite part of the trilogy.
- Not sure how I feel about the happy ending.

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Thank goodness it’s over!

I love a Robin Hobb but this series, especially this last volume went on and on! What a load of pointless drivel padding it out! I had to up the speed because of the droning, almost monotone voice and skipped huge chunks of the eating descriptions and several other parts. The writing was far to ‘high’ for modern listening too. Not a single character endeared themselves to me either. In fact I could seriously slap a few of them!! So disappointed in the whole thing.

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thoroughly enjoyed

Lovely listen, sad it came to an end, yet another great story from Robin Hobb

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Thank god its over

Struggled to finish it, what a load of rubbish. Liked the first two books enough. But this just went on and on about nothing.

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Enthralling, an ending that satisfies!

The narrator does a brilliant job of telling this tale. Worth every minute of listening.

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Great ending to fantastic trilogy

if you enjoy detail and epic you will not be disappointed with this fantastic story. Well written and we'll ready.

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Slow Burner

I found myself willing the story on move on at a faster pace, but Robin Hobb does have a tendency to linger on story lines. I did like the series, but felt that this could have been told in 2 books not 3.

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  • luke
  • 19-04-21

fantastic

Robin Hobb creates such a welwoven tapestry of classes and races ,nearly as good as fitz