Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb (a.k.a. Megan Lindholm)

This is the third and final 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. The changes he undergoes as the magic attempts to integrate his personality are daunting.

"The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever” by Stephen R. Donaldson or David Feintuch’s Seafort’s Hope came to mind when reading this trilogy. Nevare’s experience seem to spiral down to despair in the second book and struggle to get beyond despair. There were times I felt so badly for the character I had to put the book down and read something else. His resiliency is remarkable. The faith that Spink, Epiny, Yaril and Amzil have in Nevare is a bit beyond belief. His perceived actions would sorely try anyone’s faith. Hobb does a nice job keeping even minor characters in the action. Tiber, the scout, shows up as well as the scout we met very early on in the first book. A masterful job of pulling together the many threads of the story was done. This is not a quick read, nor should it be. By the time you are finished with this trilogy you will know Nevare Burvell better than some of your own family members.

I highly recommend the book.

Body of work of Robin Hobb
Body of work of Megan Lindholm

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  1. I haven't so much as looked at fantasy since high school (Eddings and Jordan). And recommendations for you favorite standalone enovel?

  2. I'm at a loss, I couldn't narrow it down so these are just a sample. They can all be read as stand alones but most of them have further reading if you like them. All of them are outstanding authors.

    Kristin Cashore's Graceling
    Barbara Hambly's Dog Wizard
    Robert A.Heinlein's Glory Road
    Robin Hobb's Ship of Magic
    Elizabeth Moon's The Deed Of Paksenarrion(sheepfarmer,divided allegiance,oath of gold)
    Joan D. Vinge's Alien Blood
    David Weber's March to series

    Thanks for the comment. Watch here for the giveaway of Thrall, a fantasy with the flavor of Robert E. Howard