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Shaman's Crossing: Book One of The Soldier Son Trilogy Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2006
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Born in Oakland, California, she sampled life in Berkeley and then in suburban San Rafael before her family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in the '60's. She graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks in 1969, and went on to attend College at the University of Denver in Denver Colorado. In 1970, she married Fred Ogden and moved with him to his home town of Kodiak Alaska. After a brief stint in Hawaii, they moved to Washington State. They live in Tacoma, with brief stints down to a pocket farm in Roy, Washington, where they raise chickens, ducks, geese, vegetables and random children.
Robin began her writing career as Megan Lindholm. Her stories under that name were finalists for both the Nebula and Hugo awards. Both "Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man" and "A Touch of Lavender" were Asimov's Reader Award winners. Perhaps her best known novel as Megan Lindholm is Wizard of the Pigeons, an urban fantasy set in Seattle Washington.
When she began writing in a different slice of the fantasy genre, she adopted the pen name of Robin Hobb. Robin is best known as the author of the Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest.) Other works include The Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, and the Soldier Son trilogy. The Rain Wilds Chronicles is a four part tale consisting of Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons. A story collection, The Inheritance, showcases her work as both Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm.
A short story, Words Like Coin, is available as an illustrated e-book from Subterranean Books. A Six Duchies novella, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, was also published by Subterranean Press.
In 2013, she announced that she would be returning to Buckkeep, and two of her favorite characters, Fitz and the Fool. The first volume of the new trilogy, The Fool's Assassin, is scheduled to be published in August 2014.
Top Customer Reviews
The main criticisms that other reviewers have brought up so far have been that the book is slow and dull, that nothing really happens, that it's only a setup novel, and that the main character, Nevare, is uninteresting. I find none of these to be true. Actually, based on the negative reviews, while reading the book I kept expecting to get bored or bogged down. I didn't. In almost every chapter there's something happening, something changing, something moving forward. You'd have to be blind not to see it.
Other reviewers have remarked on Nevare's lack of uniqueness. I really do not understand this. Sure, there's the distinct absence of a stereotypical prophecy saying that he's destined to save the world, but there's no dearth of interesting things about Nevare. One reviewer said that "Nevare does not question his society, his role, his society's racism or destructive policies; he is as stuffy as most of his kind." Another noted that he is "shallow and accepts things as they come." I must disagree. I feel that there is tension in Nevare's personality stemming from his being disgusted with the state of affairs (e.g. the way Plainspeople are treated; the destruction of the forest), and not understanding why things are the way they are, yet being commanded by people he respects to accept those things.Read more ›
I think that the repetitiveness throughout the book is what causes a lot of the slowness and dryness and sense of boredom that prior reviewers complain of....there is simply no reason to keep repeating over...and over...and over....and over.....how the battle lord's sons and noble's soldier sons differ.
While this certainly isn't the most interesting of Hobb's worlds I've lived in......it is crafted as fully....and drew me in as completely....and that is what I look for in a book....to go somewhere different, have some different experiences and marvel at how someone can think up all that!
"Shaman's Crossing" is a setup book. It revolves around a young man Nevare who as second son to a noble is destined by his culture to become a soldier. The first half of the book deals with his training at his father's estate and the latter half deals with his experiences at a prestigious millitary school for the children of nobles.
The book sets up all the protagonists and antagonists. One struggle will involve a struggle between the old nobles and new nobles(Nevare's father). Another story arc will be between Nevare's people and a race of sorcerous forest dwellers called dapples whose lands Nevare's people are invading.
Overall the excellence of this book will depend on the quality of the finished series. This is rather an excellent building book to a great series or the first book of a series that will drag on to an uninteresting conclusion.
The reason for the four stars and not five is that even in a book that is a building block to a larger story I like a little more contained story, but upon finishing this book I immediately wanted to read the next book of the series.
Nevare is a fresh character. His world is a new setting. He's an ordinary person, which I feel in a Fantasy genre that has no shortage of lost kings, all powerful magicians, and beautiful princesses, is a very rare and interesting thing.
At first I found it a bit strange a premise for a story. At first look, it does seem like it would be dull. But I found the story of his days at home and his training at the academy engaging and interesting.
Expect this book to be different. Don't expect to find Fitz dressed up as a Soldier's Son. This isn't a story of kings and princesses and dragons. It's a lovely tale of a person's strengths and doubts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've never in my life come across a book series I've absolutely loathed as much as this one. The entire premise of the series made me uncomfortable and, to be completely honest,... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Tc
This is actually an interesting conglomerate of themes. Shaman's Crossing is like Tom Brown's School Days mingled with the American West of the early 1800s with some Carlos... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dark Moon
The Farseer trilogy was one of the best I have ever read. The Soldier Son trilogy is the worst. It's hard to believe the same author wrote both.Published 1 month ago by JOHNNY DIXON
This book is a slog. It's so boring. How can an author write two of my most beloved literary characters of all time (Fitz and the Fool) and then write something this bad. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BellaGrace
Robin Hobb is one of my favorite authors; I have many. She is best known for the "Live Ship" series and " FitzChilvery Farseer" books, but this is another winner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael J. Boling
Having almost reached a level of readership enabling me to stop throwing my scarce time after mediocre prose, I have again disappointed myself by not quitting sooner. Read morePublished 4 months ago by alsq
I cannot gush enough about how I love this book. I first read it a few years ago, but as my own life and views have changed, I wondered if it was as good as I remembered. Read morePublished 4 months ago by August