Forest Mage : Soldier Son Trilogy

  • by Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by John Keating
  • Series: Soldier Son Trilogy
  • 31 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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.
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- Lauffeuer

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.
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- Tom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books