Took a while to get going, but as one of the reviews I read when I was considering putting this first instalment of the Soldier’s Son trilogy aside advised, it really does get going once our hero gets to Military College.
A very masculine novel on the surface, but as Nevare Burvelle grows up it’s amusing to see him slowly start to realise that women do politics, have ambitions and lead too.
A novella recounting the origins of the Farseer witted line, and the swift change from the witted being regarded as contributing good to Six Duchies society to being outcasts to be pursued and exterminated.
The last of the Liveship Traders trilogy. I found it slower going than most other Robin Hobb novels, and had to persevere through the politics.
The return of the Lords of the Land, Sea and Air and other transformations were more satisfying – Malta’s from shallow, self-centred teen into smart negotiator and survivor, Selden’s from a shadowy presence into Tintaglia’s articulate courtier, Etta’s from whore to Queen, Wintrow from would-be priest of Sa into ship’s captain, Paragon from Mad Ship to whole ship (with a familiar face), and more – Alethia and Brashen, Ronica and Keffria, Kennit and Reyn, Traders and Rulers, they all change.
Ship of Destiny sets things up nicely for the Rain Wild Chronicles, which I’m now tempted to reread.