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Book review: The Farseer trilogy

Posted by Lissa on December 10, 2009

Short review:  Thumbs-up!

Longer review: One of the nice things about owning a Kindle is how Amazon tries to sucker you. Yes, I mean that!  And more times than not, I am duly suckered.

You see, Amazon periodically offers books for free.  They’re typically books by prolific authors, or the first book in a trilogy or series.  The business folks are hoping that you’ll read the free book and be inspired to buy other books by the author.

That’s how I stumbled upon Assassin’s Apprentice, by Robin Hobb.  (Sorry, it’s not free anymore!)  Shortly followed by Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest.*

The trilogy centers around Fitz, the bastard of a noble prince who abdicates his status as heir to the throne when the child is brought to light.  Naturally, this opens the way to wrangling over who will inherit the throne.  Fitz — a likable protagonist with enough character flaws to make him seem real, yet sympathetic — struggles to learn, struggles to grow up, struggles to survive, in a power structure where he has as many enemies as allies.

Add in mind-magic and beast-magic — animals play a large part in all three books — along with heroes and a classic villain, and you’ve got a story sufficient to make me delay cooking my shrimp and grits** until eight o’clock at night.  (I had to know if they lived happily ever after!)

Bottom line:  An entertaining series, well worth the money (especially since I got the first one free), and I’m considering buying more from the author.

*Ever notice how certain words, when typed or spoken too often, become funny-sounding and weird in your mouth?  Like “assassin.”  Or “daughter” or “fund” or “laughter.”  Or maybe that’s just me 🙂

**Cajun shrimp with bell peppers and tomatoes, served over grits made with chicken broth and a bit of cream, and melted-in smoked gouda.  Thank you Pampered Chef!

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6 Responses to “Book review: The Farseer trilogy”

  1. I agree. Robin Hobb is one of my favorites. The other trilogies by her are set in the same “world” but are differant enough that you don’t feel like she’s milking the story for all it’s worth.

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  2. Sean said

    I would add another recommendation for the sequel trilogy for this one – does some excellent stuff with character development and without giving spoilers some nice closure on a few questions…

  3. bogie said

    I really enjoyed that series also. Might I add some suggstions? Sara Douglass’ The Wayfarer Redemption series and Elizabeth Haydon’s Rhasody series.

  4. Lissa said

    Stuart and Sean, good to know!

    Bogie, done and done 🙂 I got into the Wayfarer Redemption in 2002 when only the first three books were available in America; I used the author’s recommended seller in Austraila and got the rest mailed. As for Haydon, I’ve read the first three books in that series, but was wary to start the fourth; it seemed like they already had a happy ending!

  5. bogie said

    Hmm, if it’s happy ending you’re wanting, then starting the fourth might not be such a great idea.

  6. Lissa said

    Maybe I’ll wait till the series is done before starting — I hate being left in suspense!

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