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Continuing adventures begun in Shaman's Crossing (2005), Nevare Burvelle comes home to find that the plague from which he was magically healed has stricken his homeland and family. (First-person narration heightens the impact of his guilt and horror.) He returns to the forest to find a cure in ancient magic that is extraordinarily demanding to employ and can wreak more havoc than healing. The forest is drawn in delicate, vivid language reminiscent of Hobb's treatment of the rivers and ocean in the Liveship Traders trilogy. A fine example of how to avoid middle-book slump. Roland Green
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“Gripping.” (London Times)
“At once harrowing, unexpected, and morally complex . . . I’m eager to see what happens next.” (Locus)
“Refreshing. . . . There’s a truthfulness to her creation that is lacking in some of the more slapdash fantasies.” (Locus)
The Soldiers Son books are dissappointing. They are boring and bizarre. If you want to read Robin Hobb at her best, then try the Liveship Traders series.Published on May 16 2009 by Chuck M.