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