I’ve gotten a little behind on my reviews. Sorry about that! I’ve still been reading lots, but sometimes I just don’t know where to start with a review because I have so much to say. Instead, I just put that one aside until later.
I need some help! Tell me which one to review next and I’ll get onto that one:
Conspiracy and Blood & Betrayal, both by Lindsay Buroker – both steampunk
Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – fantasy
Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson – fantasy-ish
Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body by Simon Petrie – mystery/sci-fi
Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis – non-fiction
The Innocent Flower by Charlotte Armstrong – mystery
The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg – YA fantasy
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen – MG historical fiction
If no one votes, I’ll probably review the Simon Petrie book next. Now maybe I need some help on what to read next! My review pile is mounting up and I’m getting kinda stressed about it.
I love Robin Hobb. She’s an amazing writer, and from all accounts, a genuinely nice person. But she must have a mean streak somewhere, because she sure is good and making her characters – and through them, her readers – suffer! I’ve been reading the latest trilogy, Fool’s Assassin, Assassin’s Quest, and Assassin’s Fate. They have, like her other books, totally consumed me. I think these are her darkest yet, and some of the stuff was hard to get through, but I *had* to keep reading.
But they’re hard to review. These are the last three of a series of (depending on how you count it) up to 16 books, so if you’re interested or if you’re somewhere in the middle of the series, I don’t want to give anything away. Besides, I don’t even know where to begin. With this trilogy? With the series before it? Who can tell? Instead I’m going to offer my list of why I love – and hate – Robin Hobb.
- FitzChivalry Farseer. Also variously known as Boy, Holder Tom Badgerlock, Bastard, and a host of other names. Fitz, you stole my heart from page one. You are so amazing at practically everything you do, but so dumb sometimes. You are full of self doubt and the first to blame yourself, but when someone you love is attacked, you are fierce.
- Nighteyes, the wolf. Some of the best scenes are with Nighteyes. I would have read the book just for the two of them, Fitz and the wolf.
- The Fool. Also known as Beloved, Amber, Lord Golden, and more. What a great character. It’s just not fair that Hobb created THREE amazing friends like this, all in one series. This is how I want to write.
- The villains. Hobb’s villains are generally not of the slightly bad sort. They are just plain evil. Sometimes it takes a while to realize it, but they are so thoroughly bad. She has plenty of characters who are more gray, but the black-hearted ones are very very black.
- The worldbuilding. Wow, the time she must have spent and the thought that must have gone into this. There are TWO complete magic systems, several completely different cultures, it’s just awesome.
- The length. Robin, you are such a tease. You nearly killed me with that last book. Where we ever going to find out what happened? And then that brings me to
- The cliffhangers. See, I was smart enough to wait to start the series until it was done. I thought. But then you wrote three more books. And I had to wait! Not fair, Robin, not fair at all.
So if you’ve heard of Robin Hobb and you’re wondering if you want to give her a try, all I can say is be prepared to add A LOT of books to your TBR pile. But you will not regret it. 5 tremendous stars and a bunch of used tissues. You broke my heart.
I am so looking forward to this weekend. I’ve been sick for what feels like ages and I’m *finally* feeling better, so I am hoping to get out of the house this weekend. I’m planning to go to the library and claim some of my prizes from the summer reading program and turn in my overdue books. Then I’m taking my husband out for a treat on Saturday. Sunday I might go visit my sister and Monday is a holiday here in Utah so we are planning a picnic or something.
Then I have a few reviews to post. I just finished Conspiracy by Lindsay Buroker. I also have two books by Robin Hobb that I haven’t reviewed, but I don’t even know where to begin! So many feels! I downloaded the 3rd in the trilogy, but I might not start it until Sunday or else I’d just stay indoors all day and read. (And that would be bad because….)
Hope you have a good weekend and happy reading!
I’ve been sewing more and playing some new games for the Kindle, so I haven’t been reading as much. But now I’m reading an ARC of Lockdown by Laurie R. King about a school shooting. It’s good so far, but I admit I’m kind of nervous about it! I really like her books though, so I’m willing to give it a chance.
I’m also reading Book 2 of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb. It’s so good! I love these characters. It’s the end of a long series and I’ve really come to know and love them all. I keep getting anxious and freaked out and having to put it down and do something else. Then I pick it up again. So many feels! Do you ever do that? Maybe it’s just me.
I have several books to review but I was getting a little burned out, so I’m taking a break. Well, I had to finish that LRK book too. Then I’ll get back to reviewing some indie stuff. Oh, and next week I’m getting that book to start MY OWN GIVEAWAY HERE for a SIGNED BOOK. I’m not going to tell you who it’s by yet though. Let me just hint that it’s a Utah author, it’s fantasy, and it’s YA. And it’s coming out in stores this month! Excited yet? I knew you would be!