I really enjoyed this series. It is not quite as epic as the other Robin Hobb series, but it is definitely a great read nonethelFour and a half stars.
I really enjoyed this series. It is not quite as epic as the other Robin Hobb series, but it is definitely a great read nonetheless. I feel like it gave me a better understanding of the whole Robin Hobb fantasy world and the intricacies of magic and dragon lore.
Robin Hobb's writing is always very character oriented. We get to follow the trials and triumphs of some truly incredible and complex personalities/ characters. We see them struggle and grow, we get a breath-taking insight into human mind. One of the most brilliant things about Robin Hobb is how well she can burrow into the minds of all sorts of different people/ characters- good, bad, indifferent, all of them with different personalities, and with flaws- and bring them to life, make us understand them. These characters frustrate and delight us, make us cry bitter tears and sometimes shout out with annoyance. I love how real they feel.
This series seems to me even more character centered as the story itself is not that densely packed with action/ or political intrigue. It was great to see some of the characters from The Liveship Traders trilogy featured in this series as well.
I was happy with the ending. It did not give answers to all the questions, but most of the loose ends got tied up. It definitely ended on a positive note.
I can't wait to encounter these characters again in future Robin Hobb books and see how they had fared!...more
In this book we finally get to explore Kelsingra. We get an insight into how the old Elderlings used to live and co-exist with tFour and a half stars.
In this book we finally get to explore Kelsingra. We get an insight into how the old Elderlings used to live and co-exist with the dragons. We are also re-introduced to some of the characters from previous books like Malta, Reyn, Selden, Tintaglia and Icefyre.
It is a solid middle book. The story is being built up for the finale in the last book.
The writing is as always excellent, the prose delicious and the characters complex and realistic. This book concentrates on the relationships and interactions between the characters....more
The story arc started in book one reached a compelling conclusion. The dragon's and their keeper's journey continues until theyFour and a half stars.
The story arc started in book one reached a compelling conclusion. The dragon's and their keeper's journey continues until they finally reach Kelsingra. Some of the keepers have turned to Elederlings and there rest are well on their way to becoming ones. The dragons health is finally becoming what it is supposed to be, and at long last we see a previously deformed dragon fly. I like the insight we get into the relationship between the Elderlings and Dragons.
In a way I did not really connect to any of character as completely as I did in The Farseer series or The Liveship Trader series, and that left me slightly unsatisfied. The Farseer & Tawny Man series just gripped me, and I was so emotionally committed to the characters, that I had to have a tissue box next to me while reading the books. And no-one can exasperate and frustrate me as Fitz does! And make me love him so deeply! And my Fool... no-one can compare to him!
If I had to choose the character I liked the best in this book and who in my idea had the biggest personal growth, then it would be Serdic. He even managed to make me cry once, when he had his big meltdown (The only time I cried while reading this book). I always enjoyed reading his POV paragraphs/ sections.
So all in all it was a satisfying read and paints a clearer picture of the whole Robin Hobb fantasy world....more
This is an essential book to read for all Robin Hobb super-fans.
The Dragon Keeper picks up where The Liveship Traders series left off. I would definitThis is an essential book to read for all Robin Hobb super-fans.
The Dragon Keeper picks up where The Liveship Traders series left off. I would definitely recommend reading The Liveship Traders series first and then moving on to Rain Wild Chronicles. Also have the second book in hand, as to me the first and second books make a complete whole. The story just starts to pick up speed when book 1 finishes, so you will want to grab the next one straight away to continue the story.
In a way this book is slightly less brilliant then some other Robin Hobb books, but that just might be because I was annoyed a little with the snow pace of this book. Toward the end of it though I was completely invested in the story and itching to find out what came next. So, this book has a feel of a prequel to the real "action/story" taking place in the second book.
The characters are as always compelling and life-like. The interactions realistic. The storytelling masterful. If you love Robin Hobb books you will love reading this one, even if it is just to fill in the gaps in the brilliant fantasy world she has weaved for us....more
This book encompasses everything a masterful fantasy story should entail: ・There is plenty of adventuWhat can I say . . . This book is simply AMAZING!
This book encompasses everything a masterful fantasy story should entail: ・There is plenty of adventure. ・The characters and their interactions with each other are vibrant and realistic. ・The world/settings are incredible. ・There is sweet romance mixed into the action. ・The plot is fresh and exciting. ・The magic is extremely inventive and nothing like I have seen in other authors books.
I feel like that is all I need to say. Honestly, writing the reviews for Robin Hobb books can be tricky, they are just all so good and praising them can become somewhat repetitive.
Anyhow, I recommend to all of you out there, who have not read Robin Hobb books yet, to run to the closest book store now. Your life will not be as complete and full of wonder without reading them! ...more
The plot in this book continues fluently from the Ship of Magic. As in the previous book, the plot is captivating anAnother brilliant Robin Hobb book.
The plot in this book continues fluently from the Ship of Magic. As in the previous book, the plot is captivating and paced well.
One of the most wonderful things about Robin Hobb's writing is how real and believable her characters are. Her characters keep growing, changing, making mistakes and overcoming incredible obstacles that life throws at them. None of the characters ever feels flat or half finished. Even the villains are completely believable and have deep rooted reasons for their "evilness".
This book builds one the last one and leads into the last installment into the series - which I am sure is just as incredible as this middle book. We get a better understanding of the whole story in this book, many of the hints and glimpses we got in the previous book make much more sense now and get tied to one another to weave a more complete picture.
This book leaves your fingers tingling with the deep desire to reach for the final installment and read it as fast as possible....more
I absolutely love Robin Hobb. Her Farseer series is my all time favourite.
I also love the Liveship Taders Trilogy of which the Ship of Magic is the fiI absolutely love Robin Hobb. Her Farseer series is my all time favourite.
I also love the Liveship Taders Trilogy of which the Ship of Magic is the first book.
This series takes place in the same world as the Farseer, but the location/ country/ characters are different. Also unlike the Fareer series there are several POV characters, not just one (Fitz).
Why I love this book:
• The writing/ prose is rich and vibrant.
• The world creation is amazing- such vivid detail is given that you can see it clearly in your imagination. The world/ people/ customs/ magic/ politics/ religion etc. are deeply thought through and click together like puzzle pieces to make a complete and believable world. Exploring this world is utterly enjoyable.
• The characters are complex and real, you can't help but to sympathize with them (except some who you loathe and hate with your whole heart).
• The story/ plot is compelling and it flows with ease. Although due to the grand scale, high number of POV characters and rich writing the book is very long- which I love about Robin Hobb, as I can never get enough of her writing.
• Amber. I am a huge fan of the Fitz and the Fool. So any interaction that Amber has is pure gold.
• I love how this book/ series gives a deeper understanding of the whole plot/ world of all Robin Hobb books from Farseer and Tawny Man to Rain Wild Chronicles. They all tie in with each other.
I warmly recommend this book/ series to anyone who loves epic fantasy and especially people who love Robin Hobb's other books (although I am sure those people already know that each of her books is pure magic and will reach for this book in any case).
I am very picky when it comes to thrillers. Mostly I am left disappointed with them and don't tend to grab for thAn excellent psychological thriller.
I am very picky when it comes to thrillers. Mostly I am left disappointed with them and don't tend to grab for them when visiting a book store. This book though I warmly recommend.
I loved the insight into the killers mind in this novel - almost half of it is through the antagonists eyes. A very well crafted villain indeed, with some deep rooted issued that carry him through his life to the point of becoming the Tooth Fairy a.k.a. Red Dragon.
Will Graham left me feeling slightly disappointed. I absolutely love him in the NBC TV series of Hannibal. He is one of the main reasons I picked up this book, but here he seems slightly one-dimensional, or perhaps we just don't get as good a view into his mind as we do with the villain (and as we get in the TV Series).
There was not much of Hannibal Lecter in this book. But the snippets/ scenes that we did have were wonderful. To me he is one of the most amazing villains in the movie/ TV world. He is so incredible in fact that you can't help but to secretly (or not so secretly) root for him - in spite of him being a cannibalistic serial-killer. He is just such a gentleman about it all and almost otherworldly at times that it leaves you gasping in awe. I truly love Mads Mikkelsen's portrayal of him in the TV series! I am not sure if it is blasphemous of me to say this but I love him even better then Anthony Hopkins (and I seriously loved him!).
Looking forward to reading the next book - The Silence of the Lambs - and getting an even deeper insight into Hannibal....more
I love Jane- she is ever the kick-ass, smart-mouthing, tough-as-nails vampire hunter, who wouldFour & a half stars.
A thoroughly entertaining read.
I love Jane- she is ever the kick-ass, smart-mouthing, tough-as-nails vampire hunter, who would do anything to protect her friends and family and the people in her city. I also feel she has grown a lot as a character throughout the series and that she is reaching a really good place in her personal life and making some peace with herself (most of the time).
The books in this series have really good plots with many interlocking layers and you can't really ever anticipate how things are going to turn out. And this is what keeps things fresh and readers reaching for the next book as it comes out.
The world of supernaturals- their politics and intrigues is rich and keep you wanting to learn more.
I really loved Bruiser in this book- ever a yummy, chivalrous, gentleman. Still I have this secret hope that Jane will one day be won over by Leo. What can I say, I love the mysterious, complicated and beautify master of the city. I feel that he is struggling to keep a balance between protecting his people and being strong for them, and also protecting his city and all the humans in it. This is not always an easy task. I also feel that Jane is rubbing off on him and he is also growing as a person or perhaps revealing more of who he is as he grows more comfortable with Jane. I hope that Jane will come to appreciate all he does and is one day.
All in all- loved the story, loved the characters and loved the style of writing. Would recommend to any paranormal/ urban fantasy fans out there....more
Four and a half stars. (I cut half a star because there was not as much of the Fool in this book as I would have liked.)
I love Fitz and the Fool! JustFour and a half stars. (I cut half a star because there was not as much of the Fool in this book as I would have liked.)
I love Fitz and the Fool! Just LOVE them, I have no words on how invested I am in their story. The Tawny Man trilogy is my all time favorite. I have lost count on how many times I have reread those books. And once I finished with The Tawny Man trilogy I started it all over again the next day, reading it slower, getting more into the nuances rather then trying to gobble down the story. I have never done that with any other book/ series before- rereading the day after finishing the first read.
I have a feeling that The Fitz and the Fool trilogy will be the same.
This first book- Fool's Assassin- reminds me in many ways of the first book of Tawny Man trilogy. Both of them will bring you up to date with Fitz's life following a lengthy gap (in this book 20+ years) after the last time he was in the thick of things. Due to that both of the first novels in the trilogies are somewhat slow and have less action then the later novels- they are building up to and leading into the conflict.
An interesting twist in this book/ series is that it has an additional POV aside Fitz's - a character that I came to love and appreciate a lot. This new perspective in this series only adds charm and richness to the story rather then deducts- as one might fear, what with having fewer pages of the story written that are seen through Fitz's eyes (who we all love and cherish).
I must admit that the cliffhanger at the end was a bit of a surprise, all the previous books have ended on a less strained note. But I understand the reason for it and I can't wait to read the next book to calm the anxiety still simmering in some strained corner of my brain.
I was happy with the twists and turns Fitz's life had taken, and it felt right to me. He never seemed completely happy, but knowing him and his proclivity to being pretty morose and self-pitying, it made sense. Yet it didn't seem like he had had a bad life, there seemed to be a feeling of genuine happiness and contentment to most of his years with Molly. And I understand his dark and contemplative moods, I would be morose as well if I had lost a friend like Fool (never knowing what happened to him) and my soul-mate (Nighteyes) had died.
The Fool is back. Yay! (I feel like jumping up and down and squealing with joy- guess who is my favorite character ;)). I was completely shocked to learn what had happened to him over the years, and honestly if all that was some sort of "karmic payback" then I am convinced that if there ever was any kind of debt (which I don't think there was) then it has been paid in full and with triple interest. I hope that the next book will bring him relief, he deserves it! And of course I am still hoping against hope that Fitz will finally realize what a precious gift he has in the Fool and in his love and regard, and do something about it. Sometimes I feel like shaking him or shouting "Wake up Fitz!", honestly how can someone be that blind?!
And that is something that makes us reach for Robin Hobbs books over and over again. It is almost a kind of magic- how she makes us care for her characters, with their flaws and all. Perhaps it is the flaws that make us love them so and relate to them in such a deep level. But more likely it is a combination of many different things, that is too complex for me to completely comprehend (sigh). I know of no other book/ series that takes a reader in such an intense emotional roller-coaster.
Truly, when reading her books you need a tissue box by your elbow- it is guaranteed that there will be tears, both of joy but more often of sorrow and frustration. You should also warn your family members that aside from being an sniffling, watery-eyed wreck while reading those books, you might also spontaneously shout, growl, or make other strange noises, and there is even a possibility you might jump up and smash your head against the wall in frustration. All assuredly normal side-effects of reading Robbin Hobb books and noting to be overly worried about.
One thing that left me a bit miserable overall was that there was so little of Fool in this book. So a fair warning to all who love him as much as I do and want him on as many pages as possible- don't get your hopes up, this book is just an intro to the main story and mainly concentrates on Fitz's life before Fool reenters it. So be patient and I am sure that in the next book we get to see much more of him.
The writing style of Robin Hobb is as eloquent and graceful as ever. It is a pure enjoyment reading her prose- it is like smooth honey, flowing effortlessly and filling you with warm, sweet appreciation. Some epic/ high fantasy writers use rather difficult prose- hard to comprehend archaic phrasing (especially to someone who is not native to speaking English), lengthy and twisting sentences and long detailed descriptions. Hobbs writing is perfect (at least to me), she does not over-embellish, her writing is not boring or overly difficult, it conveys what she is trying to say in an effortless way that is a joy to read.
Now to waiting for the next book with bated breath. August 2015 can't come soon enough! ...more
This book will take your breath away. Absolutely BRILLIANT! One of the most cherished books I own/ have read.
I love this book! It is filled of so muchThis book will take your breath away. Absolutely BRILLIANT! One of the most cherished books I own/ have read.
I love this book! It is filled of so much action, drama, heartbreak, beauty and happiness.
I must admit I was somewhat disappointed with the ending, but in many ways I understand why the author wrote it so. Especially considering that there is another trilogy after this one called "The Fitz and the Fool" (written 11 years after Tawny Man trilogy). I think many readers, who read this book before they knew that there would be a continuation to Fitz/Fool story, must have been half devastated with the ending. Luckily I did not have to suffer quite so terribly, as I discovered these books after the author confirmed that there would be another trilogy after this. Still the ending feels bitter-sweet to me. I understand that the author gave Fitz his life-long dream, or what he thought his dream was, yet at what cost. . . And truly, was it really what he wanted deep down, I am not sure. (view spoiler)[Was it really his dream to be with Molly, if this is what he said as he carried the Fool- "My dream was dead in my arms." (hide spoiler)]
The writing is incredible! This book has in it some of my all time favorite lines and dialogues. Many of them I can recite from memory - me who has trouble remembering lyrics to popular songs! I must have reread these lines a hundred times. I can pick up this book and open one of the dozen bookmarked pages, start reading and in 30 seconds I will be in tears. I am not exaggerating. This book is filled with heart wrenching moments and breathtakingly beautiful emotions.
I recommend this series and all Robin Hobb books to any fantasy lover! (I also recommend reading the books in correct order.)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
One of my all time FAVORITE books! And part of my favorite trilogy- that I have re-read about a dozen times.
It is hard to describe this book. I supposOne of my all time FAVORITE books! And part of my favorite trilogy- that I have re-read about a dozen times.
It is hard to describe this book. I suppose one might say that nothing much happens in it, at least on the surface - there are no significant battles (with the exception of one short one), not even much traveling or change of scenery, no uncovering of sneaky plots or deep conspiracies. So what is this book about you might wonder. Well, it's about personal and emotional growth, building relationships and catching up with the current politics (the action in the previous trilogy took place 15 years ago and much has changed since then). This is the middle book in a trilogy- it builds up the story and facts for the last book, which has in it all that this book did not action wise.
Fitz's closest relationships are very much a focal point of this book. As we all know Fitz is not the most trusting sort, nor does he truly believe in other peoples love for him, not completely. Also Fitz can sometimes be inexplicably blind to what other people feel or think (which is somewhat baffling as he has had such an elaborate spy/ assassin training and should be good at reading people). In this book Fitz is starting to open up after his long seclusion, he is seeing people around him in new light, and he is trying to define his role and place in this new chapter of his life. There are moments of wonderful closeness and love, and parts that just break your heart.
Robin Hobbs writing is breathtakingly beautiful as always. She does not just tell as story, she makes you feel it, live it....more