I just finished the book and I can't figure out why anyone would like it. (I've read about 220 Fantasy Novels.)
It's a Fantasy World, but there really isn't anything fantastic about it. It has a castle. That's it. The only magic in the book is the ability to communicate great distances (magic cell phones.)
The first 300 pages just have Fitz doing chores. There's more in the book about picking berries, table manners, and brushing horses, than anything exciting.
All of the characters are passive. The kingdom gets attacked by raiders and they don't do anything. They just take it. I could get together with 6 of my friends and sack the place.
All of Fitz's teachers beat him and he just takes it. He doesn't seem to grow from his experiences. He just takes beatings.
He trained for 300 pages to leave poisoned food on the ground?!
Mundane events are explained in tedious detail. One part of the book says that the trip to the mountain kingdom was uneventful. The next 10 pages describe the uneventful journey. Who does that?!?!?!?! Cut to the damn kingdom already.
I thought it was an uneventful story, with emotionless characters, in the most boring fantasy world that I've ever read.
I don't understand why people are raving about this book.
Can someone explain to me what they liked about it?
I won't be mean. Your opinion is your opinion, but I'm just really curious to hear why people thought this book was good.