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The Soldier Son Trilogy (3) - Renegade's Magic
The Soldier Son Trilogy (3) - Renegade's Magic
by Robin Hobb
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the trilogy, 5 Aug. 2007
Ok. The farseer trilogy and its follow up the tawny man were superb. Some of the best books I've ever read and Robin Hobb continues in the first person that I think she does far better than anyone else.

What you've got to accept with the Soldiers son Trilogy is that the character is been driven against his will by the magic and so sometimes he comes out as a bit of "whing bag". Get past that and you can enjoy the books more. The Renegades magic is a really good ending to a really good trilogy. There are a few twists in the ending but what I liked about this final book was the whole battle with his other self and the magic. Robin Hobb then ties up all the loose ends in the final few chapters in an adept way albeit one or two parts are a little mushy. Highly recommended.


Thief with No Shadow
Thief with No Shadow
by Emily Gee
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.22

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start, 9 Jun. 2007
I picked this up willing to give a new author a try and I pleased with the result. The story was really well paced and with just a few characters and locations it focused the story really well. It does get a little mushy towards the end and it is a little predictable in that but well worth the read for the rest of the story. I'll be looking out for her next book.


Desert of Death: A Soldier's Journey from Iraq to Afghanistan
Desert of Death: A Soldier's Journey from Iraq to Afghanistan
by Leo Docherty
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener, 13 May 2007
This book is a damning indictment on both the operational state of the British army and the west's general involvement in the Middle East. All through the book I had deep sympathy for the British soldier on the ground. Not just the poor accommodation and R&R areas but the inadequate equipment they are expected to do their job with as well as the essential equipment missing to help them do their job more effectively. You get the true feeling from this book of politicians putting pressure on generals to get results who then send in the troops without giving them any idea of what they'll be facing. Absolutely shocking for a so called modern army.


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