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Nevare Burvelle is the second son of the New Lord Burvelle of the East. Destined and trained from birth to be a soldier, it's all he knows. His one dream is to do his duty and be a good soldier. In this captivating tale of a world where honor, obedience and a thoughtless adherence to rules have prevailed for generations, Hobb (The Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies) pits Nevare's beliefs against an unseen, unknown chaos that will transform his world. Nevare, through no fault of his own, becomes an agent of change and a pawn in the magical struggle of the Plainspeople against the hide-bound and selfishly destructive Gernians. Hobb excels at constructing worlds and people who are fully fleshed out. The pace is more leisurely than in previous books, but the build-up of suspense reverberates throughout the pages, pulling the reader relentlessly forward. Here is a master storyteller out to make a point and succeeding beautifully.
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A big, splendid novel opens the Soldier Son trilogy. Nevare Burville has spent some time as a cavalry officer on the kingdom of Gernia's frontier, engaged in expanding it against the wild nomads of the plains. He has been successful as a soldier, he is happily engaged, and he is the scion of one of the new noble families. Unfortunately, now he has to complete his military education at the King's Cavalry Academy, which is dominated by scions of the old nobility, who have no use for upstarts like Nevare. Also, it appears that Nevare has been too long within range of the powerful magic of the shamans of the western tribes, and their influence has converted him into a sort of sorcerous Typhoid Mary--and he may not be the only one. The consequences for Nevare personally are grim, and for Gernia potentially grimmer, if a way to fight the "barbarian" magic isn't extracted from civilized knowledge. Oh yes, Hobb's characterization, especially anent the ethical dilemmas, and world building are again superb. Roland Green
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I have been pleasantly surprised by Robin Hobb's writing. It is consistently wonderful.Published 20 days ago by Anna L. Goldberg
This book introduces an interesting concept in a world separate from the Farseers, but told in a similar narrative style. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sydney
It took me a little time get into this book but it is well worth your time. It is the beginning of another wonderful trilogy.Published 5 months ago by Laurie
I am a big fan of Robin Hobb, but this series is not her best. I'm forcing myself to finish it!Published 6 months ago by Dover1cat
I love the other Robin Hobbs books (liveship, assassin, dragons) but this one took me. LONG time to get into and doesn't keep quite the same pace as the other books. Read morePublished 7 months ago by lllbell
I've enjoyed other books by this author but I just couldn't get into this one, not the characters nor the magic, nor the plot.Published 8 months ago by Stilllearning
As others have stated this book is slow. Slow to develop with a slow witted main character that continues to annoy with his constant denial of things that are quite obvious to the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Z. Maughan