Book One of the Farseer Trilogy
Fitz is a child who is sent to live at Buckkeep – he is the bastard son of a prince and is labelled as such, from the beginning of his life at Buckkeep right through to the end of this first book in the trilogy, Fitz finds himself riding from one hardship to the next and discovering more and more about himself every time.
Fitz is training to become an assassin as well as learning how to look after animals and in doing this he finds he has an aptitude for other things also – this is where we learn that Fitz perhaps isn’t quite what he seems.
I had high expectations for this novel, it had been mentioned to me multiple times by various different people and each one assured me that I would love it… but, unfortunately, I did not.
That’s not to say that I hated it, because it wasn’t that either – I just felt the pacing was way off and the writing style was much too formal for my taste.
I’m not one for a lot of descriptive detail and rambling about stuff which isn’t necessary to the story and unfortunately, this appears to be something that Hobb is known for, or at least that was my experience in this book.
So, it was a good story, very slow at times, but entertaining nonetheless.
My main issue, once I got past the fact that this book was slow, was the fact that I felt absolutely no love for any single character. I knew how I was meant to feel, but the writing style did nothing to actually invoke those feelings within me, I’m not sure why this was, I just felt the characters were dull and emotionless – despite their feelings in any given situation being well described – I can’t quite place what it was that made me not care, really, about any of them. This is a big downer for me, an emotional connection with characters is something I absolutely need in order to enjoy a book.
The part of the story which I’ll admit that I did love – and possibly this novel’s main redeeming factor, was Fitz’s connection with animals.
I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t want to include spoilers, but I adored his way with them and Hobb wrote this aspect of the book so well that I almost felt like I could share this connection too, it was believable and well written.
In the end, I gave this novel a 3-star rating out of 5.
I didn’t hate this book by any means, but I didn’t absolutely love it either.
Solid world building and wonderfully descriptive writing, but characters lacked oomph for me.
A definite it’s not you, it’s me sort of book.
Until next time!