I love Robin Hobb's work, but this book fell flat. First, it seemed to be nothing but filler - something to write to get from the first book in the seI love Robin Hobb's work, but this book fell flat. First, it seemed to be nothing but filler - something to write to get from the first book in the series to the last - which made it somewhat plotless and boring. Second, I could actually put it down. Now, remember, I love Robin Hobb and something that I love about her work is that I can't seem to put it down. Given that I've read 12 books so far by her, most of which earned an easy 5/5, I really didn't want to give any of her books less than a 3, but I was simply not enthralled the way I had been previously.
Hobb's art at creating incredibly real characters was not as dazzling as it had been in previous books and there wasn't so much of a driving plot which held my attention. However, there were moments where her talents really shone and the part at the end was very exciting and intriguing. Another problem I have had with this entire series is that I'm not a big fan of most of the characters (Rapskal, Sedric, Alise, Thymara).
In all, I couldn't really tell anyone who loves Robin Hobb not to read this book because it's part of her brilliant work. However, I can say that, for me, this book wasn't as amazing as the ones I had read previously....more
If I rated this book against Robin Hobb's other books, it would have gotten 4 stars. Not because it's of a lesser quality, but because the story is moIf I rated this book against Robin Hobb's other books, it would have gotten 4 stars. Not because it's of a lesser quality, but because the story is more compact, there are fewer characters, and the plot is more dense. However, these are things which a lot of Robin Hobb fans sometimes complain about with her more popular books - that they are over-descriptive or could have been shorter without compromising impact.
However, as a book compared with the rest of the books I have read, I think it deserves 5 stars. I couldn't put it down. I believe I read it all the way through in one sitting, but I might have put it down for about an hour to complete a school project.
I am positively addicted to Robin Hobb's writing style and I am very glad that I have a lot more books to read. I write this with my kindle close by so that as soon as I submit this review, I can start the second book. She is truly a gem of a writer and I cannot praise her enough....more
Robin Hobb has a rare gift for creating diverse, believable characters. Her characters are enchanting and interesting. And they are not copies of eachRobin Hobb has a rare gift for creating diverse, believable characters. Her characters are enchanting and interesting. And they are not copies of each other either; they are different from one another, each intriguing. This book is impossibly good. My only complaint would be that each character story line is so interesting that switching from one to another was rough at times. ...more
This is an amazing book, written from the perspective of a character who has a rare sensitivity to the world around him. This perspective brings the wThis is an amazing book, written from the perspective of a character who has a rare sensitivity to the world around him. This perspective brings the world he lives in alive with color and vividness as if the reader is truly seeing his world directly through his eyes. Not only does the book direct the reader's understanding of the world and the people who populate it, but also the nuances of how the character evaluates this world with an intriguing uniqueness. The writing is simply enchanting and the story is masterfully told. Robin Hobb possesses a command of language which any reader will appreciate.
The story is equal parts politics and fantasy grounded in our character's ability to understand the mysteries and character of the people around him. The simultaneous subjective and objective measure of events, characters, and their motivations Hobb displays in her writing is gripping. A story told which should stir deep feelings in the reader while also challenging a reader's love of puzzles and politics. An exceptional read and one I highly recommend....more
I love this story. I love the characters and Poison Study has been a great discovery for 2016. The story in Shadow Study is solid, interesting, intensI love this story. I love the characters and Poison Study has been a great discovery for 2016. The story in Shadow Study is solid, interesting, intense, and has a little twist (though I saw it coming a mile away). So why the low rating?
The way this book is edited highlights a peeve of mine which I know others share as I have discussed it with them. I am not an editor and not a grammar guru, but I am a reader. As such, awkward sentence structures are distracting and take away from the my reading experience. That said, if you can read this dialogue (completely made up by me), then this book shouldn't be a difficult read:
"You've a solution?" "Yes, and I've every reason to think it will work," he said.
If " 've " is an acceptable way of saying "have" in written word and is not distracting for you, this book will read just fine. For me, it's a peeve that I just cannot seem to get over. I know it might seem petty and I know that it's a pretty silly thing to give a book such a low rating for, especially since I admit to liking it and I don't even know if it's acceptable grammar (if anyone does know, please let me know in a comment). However, it was way too distracting for me to read and I would be embarrassed recommending it to my well-read friends because of the grammar.