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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
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Sep 28, 09

Read in July, 2009

This trilogy was wonderful. There is a complexity of emotion and resonance that springs from the great well of characters and tone in this story--first in a subtle way but it continues to grow and run deeper and deeper beneath the surface as the trilogy goes on. At some point that subtle evocative resonance is no longer a spring but an ocean beneath these pages. Lovers of Fantasy will place this trilogy next to Tolkien and George R.R. Martin on the top shelf. Most non-Fantasy fans would love these books also. Though if you have read Herbert's "Dune" and Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and just couldn't get into it then this is also not for you.
A word of warning-this trilogy doesn't begin with a bang, I was rewarded greatly for not applying my "hooked by 100 pages or dumped" rule to the first book--Robin Hobb has set her music to a different rhythm and it is an unconventional but beautiful flow once you find the beat and let your mind readjust to it.
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