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3rd book in Forest Mage series falls short
posted by Barry_Kottler on July 5, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted August 23, 2009
Dissapointingly Tiresome and Annoying
I've read and usually enjoyed Ms. Hobb's fantasy trilogies. I wasn't able to finish this third soldier son book, so my review should be taken accordingly. The only other books I've failed to finish were Donaldson's self-pitying super-leper series. And for similar reasons!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Throughout the trilogy, our 'hero' has not only had trouble learning his mistakes, but remembering the solutions has been totally beyond him. I want character growth - I'll only wait just so long for it.
Like another reader, I found the first third of the book slow and boring, but I hoped for more and persevered. The second third was too much (or too little) and I couldn't give more of my remaining life to such a futile effort with such an unsympathetic lead character. On reflection, that describes my reaction to the series; the first book was slow, the second book I barely got through, and the third was just beyond my patience and interest.
This trilogy might have made a decent novel, but the story was poorly stretched over three books -- shades of Jordan!