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on 27 August 2014
Meh... this book is good but it's not great, and when I bought it I wanted it to be great. I know that's my problem so I still give it three stars, a fair score for a fair book.
But I have spent a lot of time recently looking for something I can get my teeth into, something that consumes me in the way that Tolkein, Feist, Heinlein and Moorcock do, but this isn't it. Several forums say that this would satisfy me as Hobb does but ten minutes after finishing it I still feel hungry, not gorged. I'm already looking for the next book when I had hoped I would need a few days to get over this one.
The characters are reasonably well filled out but not exactly rounded, comfortably well off as opposed to rich. There is an enticing new magic system but it feels contrived, there's something for every occasion. There are a few twists though, which are fun.
I am not saying don't read it, you should, it's good and much better than a lot of what I've found recently, but it's not on the same shelf as the books I am hoping to find.