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Book Thoughts: Assassin’s Quest (Robin Hobb)

Hobb, Robin - Farseer 3 Assassin's Quest

★★★★★☆☆

Title: The Farseer Trilogy #3 – Assassin’s Quest
Author: Robin Hobb   Pages: 838
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 1997
Edition: Paperback, published in 2014 by HarperVoyager

I am sad that I finished this trilogy, but happy that there are many more Robin Hobb books to read in the future.

I loved how well Hobb developed Fitz’s character, while retaining an air of mystery surrounding most other characters. We know as much as Fitz does and nothing more. Yet, every single character appears fully developed. That is a hard thing to do.

I love the fact that Fitz is fallible, that his decisions can be selfish and wrong. I enjoyed his conversations with Nighteyes and the beautiful connection he has with the Fool.

Is it perfect? No. It was slow in a few places and I think it could have been about 200 pages less, but I did enjoy every word. It never quite dragged for me.

I have some other series to finish, but you bet I will be picking another Robin Hobb series in the near future.

5 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: Looking For Dei (David A Willson)

Willson, David A - Looking For Dei

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: Looking For Dei
Author: David A Willson
Genre: YA / Fantasy
First published: to be published on 23 March by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Edition: e-Arc, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

There are things I liked about this book and bits that were just ok for me.

The novel focuses on Nara and her friend Mykel as they flee their village after everything goes rather pear shaped at a village ceremony designed to find young people who are skilled or blessed with some sort of magic. The rune-based magic system was quite different from the usual fair and I liked that. I thought the emphasis on a God and religion was interesting and the world building was good, though I felt it was never fleshed out enough for my taste. I could not really understand the lay of the land, so to speak.

The characters is where I felt the story fell a bit flat, especially in the first half. Somehow they failed to come alive in my imagination until the last few chapters, when I finally connected to them.

Overall, I think this is a good fantasy novel with some original features. It definitely feels like it is building up to something more and I think it may be worth reading further books in the series.

4 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: The Last Unicorn (Peter S Beagle)

Beagle, Peter S - The Last Unicorn

★★★★★☆☆

Title: The Last Unicorn
Author:  Peter S Beagle
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 1968
Edition: Paperback, published in 2008 by Penguin

All I can think after closing this book is how wonderfully crafted this story was. It is whimsical, but wise, beautiful and kind of dark. This is a classic fantasy tale for a reason.

The Last Unicorn has elements of myth, fairytale and folklore and the tone of the writing is spot on. It never digs too deep. It always feels like a tale and I like that. I guess that is the reason I never felt like I quite knew the characters, neither Molly, Schmendrick or the unicorn, and yet I cared for them even if I did not quite know what exactly I cared for. This is one of those books that pulls you in anyway. Though it did not have me in its thrall from beginning to end it left me satisfied and happy.

I had been meaning to read The Last Unicorn for years and I am so glad I finally did so. This book is going back on my shelf and I know it will always make me smile when I see it.

5 out of 7 stars