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Friday, September 17, 2010
This is the first book in the Soldier Son Trilogy. Nevare Burvell, a second son, is destined to be the family soldier. His naïve acceptance that birth order is responsible for all aspects of life is challenged by his life experiences.
Once again Hobb creates a believeable society. Her characters have depth and passion. The stratitied nature of Nevare’s society is the basis for much of his behavior. A clear metaphor regarding progress and environment is illustrated. I enjoyed the relationship between Epiny and Nevare. The lack of women’s rights in the story helps to point out some of the continued inequities in today’s world. The author does a nice job of combining modern themes in a fantasy scenario that is extremely entertaining without pontificating.
I highly recommend the book.
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