I don't think there'll be more time to write this review while it's still fresh, so I'll just sum it up:
The best book of the series. Unlike the previoI don't think there'll be more time to write this review while it's still fresh, so I'll just sum it up:
The best book of the series. Unlike the previous ones, I could finally see where everything is going, the keepers stopped being so tedious and some interesting facts came up which are interesting for anyone who read the Farseer/Tawny Man trilogies. (view spoiler)[ Especially the Skill is somewhat, though not quite explained. I hope to learn more! (hide spoiler)]
All in all, this book is well-balanced, even the non-human thoughts somehow seemed much more interesting. I feel like all the stumbling through the previous parts somehow paid off (yes, I'm aware of my rating, I can't really help myself when it comes to Hobb, I'm afraid). This book definitely didn't disappoint.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There was nothing really surprising about this book, what with it being the third in the series. As usual, the writing is good, but unfortunately, lonThere was nothing really surprising about this book, what with it being the third in the series. As usual, the writing is good, but unfortunately, long descriptions and thoughts of various creatures are just not that interesting to me, so I found myself skipping through certain parts. It doesn't seem like I really missed something. And that doesn't sound quite right to me. To be completely honest, I just wish Hobb would write more Farseer stuff and ditch the dragons for a while. Seeing as she apparently doesn't care what I think, dragons it is. As for the story and characters, well. Nothing new here, except maybe for Hest...can anyone really like him? The dragons continue to grow and gain their strength, Sintara is still unbearable, her keeper is still quite interesting, which doesn't prevent me from wanting to slap her once in a while. That could be my just my personal pet peeve, though. It'll be a long wait till the next book, but mostly because this one felt more like a filler. I don't really feel hooked and this time around, I had no problems putting the book down, which is a novelty for me when it comes to Hobb's books. ...more
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't expect much, despite Hobb being one of my currently favourite authors. I've read the Liveship TradeI have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't expect much, despite Hobb being one of my currently favourite authors. I've read the Liveship Traders - I liked the books well enough, but compared to the Farseer and Tawny Man books, they just lacked something (not only Fitz, you see).
I knew that that in the Rain Wild Chronicles, there would be: 1. mostly new characters 2. a lot of dragons 3. Rain Wilds. None of that made me look forward to reading it.
Suprisingly, I have to say I found the book quite refreshing. It was different than the "Fitz books" AND different than the Liveship Trilogy. There are multiple POVs, true, but it doesn't get as "messy". The characters being mostly in one place as the others does help things a lot. It wasn't nearly as overwhelming. Also, looking back, I didn't particularly enjoy the politics of Bingtown and Jamaillia in the Liveships. This story is rather...down-to-earth in comparison. Or down-to-mud, I should say. There's a lot of mud. The characters don't really have noble ambitions, they are just trying to find their place in the world. And as crazy as that may sound, that's something I think I missed in other Hobb's books. It makes them real and believable.
All in all, I enjoyed the book. I didn't stay up until 3AM, but I did get through it quite fast, considering how busy I was the past 14 days. And I'm afraid it's going to be a long wait for the third part of the series (I'm of course already reading the second).
So. It's over. I liked it well enough. I have a strange feeling about this last one anyway - and I can't figure out what it is. I will share when I geSo. It's over. I liked it well enough. I have a strange feeling about this last one anyway - and I can't figure out what it is. I will share when I get there. If I get there.
If you have already read this book, read the conversation bellow, it could explain some things I don't care to rant about here. Again. ...more
I shared most of my impressions of this trilogy in the Ship of Magic review. So. At the end, I like how most of things turned our. (view spoiler)[AndI shared most of my impressions of this trilogy in the Ship of Magic review. So. At the end, I like how most of things turned our. (view spoiler)[And most of all - Paragon. And he surely does look dashing now :) But what of Kennit? Not that I really liked him from the beginning, it was evident how manipulative he was, but the stuff with Althea...I still don't know what to think. It kind of defies all logic - although Hobb herself admits that. I'm just not a fan of torturing characters needlessly. (hide spoiler)]
I should probably give this book five stars, but there are certain things (which have nothing to do with writing) that are actually a little disturbing time. I just don't like them. And since this is no newspaper review, this rating is not very objective. The loss of one star is mainly becase of few things which are not really crucial to the story, but I can't really get over them. Minor things with great emotional potential, you could say.
And to be completely honest, I was tempted more than once to skip to a part which focuses on certain characters. Bingtown events just weren't as interesting as Wintrow for instant. And I didn't particularly enjoy the parts about serpents, though I have to say it is something that makes this trilogy quite original. Maybe they were just too alien in comparison to characters which I liked was curious about. <
And one more thing I need to get off my chest: I really dislike some of your pairings, Robin. Seriously. One more to gross me out. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I started reading the Liveship Traders Trilogy right after finishing the Farseer Trilogy. I actually wanted to skip right to Tawny Man - but someone cI started reading the Liveship Traders Trilogy right after finishing the Farseer Trilogy. I actually wanted to skip right to Tawny Man - but someone convinced me to read this first - and I'm glad he did, I think. I can't help but compare the Farseer Trilogy with what I've read of this one so far. They're actually similar and yet very different at the same time:
First of all, the setting is different. We get to spend most of the time on the sea (naturally). Jamailia and Bingtown are not at all like Six Duchies (which I missed terribly). The society which deems itself "civilized" appears to be in decay. And not at all likeable to me.
Then there is the constant changing of the point of view. Actually, it is really remarkable. Hobb made me understand even those characters I dislike (or hate, in Kyle's case). That being said, I sometimes like main characters of a book so much I tend to overlook their faults. Not in this case. Actually, it would be hard to say who I truly liked (Paragon and Amber are quite marginal in this, though this story line is lovely so far). Everyone had their annoying monents. Even poor Wintrow, I believe (alright, maybe I like this one). So every character is very, very much human (yes, even the liveships in their own strange way) and completely believable.
There is magic, again, but it has nothing to do with either Skilling or the Wit. It took me some time to really accept the concept of a liveship - for some reason, it really disturbed me at first. But one cannot help but be intrigued by them - and the mysteries that surround them (I can't wait to learn what happened to poor Paragon for instance).
So what remains the same? Hobb's writing. Her feel for the language, her ability to capture the reader and not allow him or her to put the book down until it's read through. Whether you've read the other trilogies or not, I do recommend to read this one as well. You won't be sorry. ...more
**spoiler alert** I loved the whole trilogy so much that I wasn't able to put the books down and do something different (I managed to eat and go to wo**spoiler alert** I loved the whole trilogy so much that I wasn't able to put the books down and do something different (I managed to eat and go to work). The writing is simply brilliant. The way Hobb made me feel what Fitz did is almost scary. Perhaps not almost. While my dear Twiggy laughs at me constantly that I'm out of stars, I couldn't really decide how to rate this one. In the end, I decided to four stars, which is really just because of this:
Here comes the spoiler: Not meaning to be rude, but...seriously? Molly and Burrich, that really creeps me out. I don't like it one bit. And the same goes for the curious making of Prince Dutiful. Ew. Truth is that Hobb is able to write such...inconvenient things so you understand them, they really aren't there just to shock you or for her to be original or crude. But I can't help but be really sorry for poor Fitz. I'm a sucker for happy endings, apparently (and no, the fact that he saved the world is not enough for me). I also didn't like the very ending. How could Fitz become so letargic? He was so full of life until the very end. It's a good thing I know there are going to be more adventures in The Tawny Man Trilogy, otherwise I would be really disappointed (says the girl who was angry after reading Harry Potter Epilogue - epilogues matter to me). So I'm looking forward to reading Hobb's other books...I'm afraid I won't read anything else until I'm done. ...more