I don’t normally write reviews or go into very much detail about why I am recommending a particular book. Usually, I just say it is fantastic and if people decide to read it they decide to read it. But this morning I finished the third book of Robin Hobb’s Tawny Man series, and I have been moved to encourage all of you, my followers, to read her work.
I will not be posting any spoilers, so don’t worry about that. Also, this won’t be so much a review as it is a story of how I fell in love with the work of Robin Hobb.
I bought Assassin’s Apprentice when I was a junior in high school. The blurb on the back was intriguing, and I liked the cover. Unfortunately, each time I started reading it I had a hard time getting past the style of writing (which now I love). The sentences are often crafted in a slightly unusual order, and the author uses rather flowery language (which is great since it is in first person) and at the time I first picked the book up, I was unprepared for that kind of writing. It really is something you have to be ready for, but it is worth it. I discovered this when I finally got around to reading the whole book, the summer after my senior year.
All it took was that one book and I was enchanted. I already had the other two in the series (I like to buy as many books in a series as possible at the same time) and so I kept reading. Robin Hobb is a master at getting readers invested in the plot. My heart broke a hundred times for the main character (Fitz), and I swear I have never cried so much (out of happiness and sadness) for any other character than Fitz. The Farseer Trilogy is an emotional roller-coaster that is well worth the ride.
I didn’t get around to reading anymore of Robin Hobb’s books until junior year of college. I picked up her Liveship Traders trilogy and was once again immersed in the beautiful world that she has created. Admittedly, this trilogy does not compare (in my opinion) to the brilliance of either the Farseer trilogy or the Tawny Man trilogy, but if you are going to read the Tawny Man books you must read this trilogy as well, otherwise the next books will not have quite the same impact.
Over the past six months, I have read the Tawny Man trilogy. I took it slow, as I often do when I love a book or series so much that I don’t want it to end.
These books by Robin Hobb are truly the best books I have ever read. The characters have incredible depth, all of the secondary characters are well-developed and given their own lives independent of Fitz, and there are hard nuggets of truth about real life throughout the books.
Truly, it is a world worth getting lost in.
Take care, fellow travelers.