Assassin’s Quest is the final book in Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. It has one of the most fantastic opening chapters I’ve ever read in the genre. I don’t think I’m spoiling to anything that, to avoid death at the end of book 2, the protagonist FitzChivalry Farseer, has implanted his soul inside that of his companion wolf Nighteyes. He is reintroduced to his body, and nursed back to health, by Burrich, who must He must reteach him everything. Hobb does an excellent job walking us through the most basic tasks: having been a wolf for a time, Fitz has lost his day-to-day moments of social etiquette, such as using the bathroom outside, and washing, and eating with one’s fingers. Slowly Fitz regains these memories, and his sole desire is to kill Prince Regal, the uncle who put him in this state. Continue reading Assassin’s Quest [review]
Assassin’s Quest is the third book in Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy, and is difficult to speak of, since at every turn, I seem to be combatting spoilers.
The protagonist FitzChivalry’s anger recuperates from serious wounds in a sheepherder’s cabin, and in a desire for revenge, plans to destroy his uncle, who tortured him and believed him dead.
Two quick complaints. Robin Hobb’s novels aren’t that easy to find. She has thoroughly engaged me with her writing style and amazing, deft characterizations in her novels, but I can’t find any of her works at the local bookstore. Grr. Barnes & Noble can go ride a zucchini, whatever that means. And secondly, Hobb has, possibly, the worst biographical blurb of any book I’ve ever read: “Robin Hobb is a writer, and lives in Washington state.” Huh? Okay, I know Robin Hobb is a pseudonym, but really?
Assassin’s Apprentice is a novel by Robin Hobb. Six months ago, this author was unknown to me. By random chance, I’d found copies of two of her novels on the shelves of a local book exchange, and I snapped them up, hoping for light reading. I was very impressed. Soon, I discovered Robin Hobb was (1) a pseudonym, and (2) that the Rain Wild Chronicles were part of a larger cycle of novels she had written, all in a fairly-well developed fantasy world.
With that in mind, I picked up Assassin’s Apprentice. Like her Dragon novels, I was hesitant to set my hopes too high. I could envision her attempts at this genre descending into cliches that would both insult my intelligence, and waste my time.
It was a pleasure to read Dragon Haven. As I stated in my review of the the series’ first novel, I was quite surprised by Robin Hobb’s ability to build characters and make them believable. I was expecting a quiet, brainless read–I mean heck, it had the word Dragon in the title… It was bound to seem like every other novel I’ve ever read that’s created a dragon universe (with the possible exception of How to Train Your Dragon), right? well, not exactly. Hobb’s dragons are deformed, arrogant beasts with little respect for humans and their traditions. Continue reading Dragon Haven, by Robin Hobb [Book Review]
When I picked up Dragon Keeper, a novel by Robin Hobb, it was specifically to have a nice, mindless read during my several hours of sitting in airports. I assumed it would be, like most novels with the word “Dragon” in the title, a cheaper knock-off of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight series. I’ve read others, by Mercedes Lackey and others: a big scary dragons meets a girl who falls in love with the creature. Basically, I expected My Friend Flicka with scales and wings. I’m here to report that I was pleasantly surprised about Dragon Keeper. Continue reading Dragon keeper, by Robin Hobb [Book Review]