Robin Hobb

The Farseer Trilogy and the Tawny Man trilogy

Okay, firstly I really really enjoyed these books. Well actually I’m not sure if that’s entirely true, but they sure as hell inspired pretty extreme emotions in me. I’m not really the overly emotional type but these books had me weeping solidly for the last hundred pages or so, and laughing aloud and tearing up some more all through them besides.

The characters are elaborately constructed in little steps, and all of them are 3D and have depth, which is great. It’s what I like in my books, be they fantasy or not, it’s probably the most important thing to me. It was hard at first to get past Robin Hobb’s wishy washy first person narration style, but after a bit I realised even though it’s not my favourite tool in the world, she was certainly using it effectively.

The main protagonist is incredibly human – not only in his unreliable narration but in his thick-headed stupidity, embarrassment, inability to read other’s emotions. His distrustfulness and the way he made countless mistakes and misinterpreted pretty much everything only made him more endearing. I wanted to give him a clout over the head a couple of times mind you, but what’s important is that he was a human character, and a masterfully written one at that. Can’t tell you how rare this seems to be in novels.

I don’t want to really go into a HUGE rant about the characters and relationships as I doubt anybody who might read this really cares, but I’ve got to say on the offchance that anybody who knows what I’m talking about reads this :

The ending was the most disappointing I’ve come across in a long time. WHY in the name of god would you set up your characters and lay down scenes and in the epilogue completely ignore all the rules you’ve given them and come up with a lacklustre “happy” ending? WHY.

Phew, okay, got that off my chest – moving swiftly on……..

Oh yeah, I went to Naples for a week and also finished Resi evil and did my placement presentation – but this is all secondary to me NEARLY DYING OF THESE BOOKS.