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Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb
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Aug 17, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: fantasy

It finally becomes clear what Hobb was trying to do with this trilogy all along, and, IMO, she falls right smack on her face. First off: the book is clearly too long. Orandula DOESN'T WORK, as a plot device, and could stand to be in far fewer scenes. Olikea comes into her own as an interesting character way too late in the book, after I'd practically written her off; Epiny, one of my favorites from the first two books, gets a personality downgrade and is now merely Spink's Boring Dutiful Wife (Also, Babies!). Soldier's Boy could have been interesting, by dint of his sheer dickishness, but the potential was largely wasted. Nevare, our protagonist? Still a useless whiny git, and for the majority of this book he literally does absolutely nothing, in one of the most daring (but also COMPLETELY MENTAL, AND TERRIBLE) authorial gambits I've seen in years.

Then there's a horrible anticlimax, people get "happy" endings that make no sense, and which they totally don't deserve, and any good points made in the first two books are completely undone.

Robin Hobb is dead to me.
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Lindab Amen! Hours of my life that I can't get back.

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