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The Soldier Son Trilogy Bundle (The Soldier Son Trilogy #1-3)

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For the first time, read the entire Soldier Son trilogy as one ebook … at a special price!

In Book One, Shaman's Crossing, Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King's Cavella Academy—and survive the hatred, cruelty, and derision of his aristocratic cl
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ebook, 100 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Harper Voyager
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Nancy Yamaguchi
Sep 18, 2014 Nancy Yamaguchi rated it liked it
Robin Hobb is fantastic. This was the last trilogy of hers that I have read, and I had delayed reading it because of its relatively poorer reviews. Also, a friend had dinged it because she did not like the parallels to the "old west" and the subjugation of native peoples by a stronger, technology-driven culture. But the books are clever and inventive, as Robin Hobb always is. There was not as much action, and the protagonist acted too dense for too long (since he was given to us as a very intell ...more
Adriano Del Orange
Jul 22, 2015 Adriano Del Orange rated it liked it
I edged towards four stars for this series because it confounded my expectations of the fantasy genre at almost every turn. Not so much in its setting but in the author's treatment of the protagonist and his relationship to the magic. He certainly does not fit the traditional mould of a hero, in some regards he is neither likeable nor admirable, but is all the better for it. He blunders through the world trying to be the person he thinks he ought to be, trying to do the right thing, and being co ...more
Andrew Hofer
Mar 29, 2014 Andrew Hofer rated it really liked it
This marks the fourth trilogy I have read by Hobb (farseer, tawny man, rain wilds being the others). It has Hobb's trademark long form character development, morally ambivalent protagonists and celebration of simple, close relationships. On the other hand this is a different world from the other trilogies, sharing elements of the American West with a landed nobility and primal forest magic. For some reason it takes a bit longer to get wrapped up in this new world, but it is still worthwhile. An ...more
Isaiah
Mar 28, 2015 Isaiah rated it really liked it
This was a really odd reading experience for me. Although Hobb is an exceptionally talented author, I found very little enjoyment in the first two books of the series. Navare's stubborn refusal to learn from his mistakes felt frustratingly familiar. The calamities that befell him felt like the end of a tragedy in the middle of a coming of age story. Motifs were expressed in ways that felt awkward and shallow. Despite all of this, when I finished Shaman's crossing, I had to go buy Forest Mage. Wh ...more
Ian Coventry
Jul 06, 2016 Ian Coventry rated it it was amazing
The first few chapters of the first book are a bit of a push to read through and I wonder if thats why these books get so many bad reviews because other than that I can't understand why. These first few chapters are absolutely necessary to set up the story that follows after, though.

The books are incredible in so many ways. Simply put though; they will take you away to a fantasy setting thats breathtaking in detail and horrifying in its grittiness. The characters are lovable and I have found th
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Curtis
Feb 16, 2016 Curtis rated it liked it
Such a great series, I was skeptical at first, there is not a series that has kept me more on-edge the entire time. I can't explain how frustrating and powerless you feel as the reader, but how entertaining and interesting the story is!
Robert Sparling
Jan 08, 2013 Robert Sparling rated it it was ok
I usually don't bother writing reviews but I figured this series, from a usually solid writer, was disappointing enough that it warranted a little warning to future readers. The story as it unfolds isn't very well constructed and since I read them all at once in the collection, I'm honestly surprised at how each book ended. The books themselves cannot be read individually as there isn't a complete or satisfying narrative to be found in any individual volume; the "action" picks up almost directly ...more
Annie
Sep 11, 2013 Annie rated it it was amazing
I’ve already read the three books that comprise Soldier Son, but when I saw a Kindle deal for the trilogy all in one I decided it was time for a reread. Shaman’s Crossing comes first, then Forest Mage, and Renegade’s Magic completes the series. I love Robin Hobb but I remember feeling like this series wasn’t one of her best.

My reread elevated my esteem for the story of Nevare Burvelle, a soldier’s son destined by the good god to become an officer, thanks to his father’s newly minted status as a
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Joel David Jenkins
Uggggh! I had to force myself to finish this series. Dumbest bunch of characters that I've ever read about. I mean seriously, they make one stupid decision after another, and consistently fail to learn from the train wreck chain they've reaped. Boring and unsatisfying read.
Robert Flach
Oct 30, 2015 Robert Flach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique, interesting. I really felt it should have ended a bit earlier. The desire to give a "happy" ending should sometimes be avoided. This book should not have had one and did. Nevertheless, an extremely well thought out post-medieval fantasy.
Dave Webber
Sep 19, 2015 Dave Webber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

I recommend this book. if you like to read about overcoming the self doubt that comes from being a Soldier, a Soldier's Son, or just that one person who is different than everyone else, then this book series used fort you.
Brittany
Oct 18, 2014 Brittany rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Definitely creative, original, and a complete departure from typical fantasy novels. Robin Hobb has created another protagonist with his own set of limitations who is dim in entirely different ways from Fitz. The first book was pretty good, and the second wrapped everything up nicely. The middle book was a plod. The books would have been very much improved by some rigorous editing and tightening.

But I'll forgive a lot for a certain female character, who I found extremely enjoyable.
Vera
Aug 05, 2016 Vera rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was not as quick to care about the protagonists as I was with the Realm of the Elderings, but the more I read, the more I was caught up in the story.
Robert James
Jan 25, 2016 Robert James rated it it was amazing
What a ride. Highly recommended.
Ursyl
Jun 07, 2016 Ursyl added it
A very different story, very different type of magic, very enjoyable--even though I read it inside out (second book first, then the others in relative order)
Steven
Dec 10, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
Not the easiest trilogy in Robin's collection. A large story of colonialism, change, and the currents of fate.
Lee
Feb 01, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it
I actually finished this book awhile ago, and it was quite enjoyable. I really liked this particular world.
Wayne Walker
Nov 02, 2013 Wayne Walker rated it liked it
good series.
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** I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star 'I liked it' rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It's a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 st ...more
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The Soldier Son Trilogy (3 books)
  • Shaman's Crossing (Soldier Son, #1)
  • Forest Mage (Soldier Son, #2)
  • Renegade's Magic (Soldier Son, #3)

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