Will Robin Hobb ever surpass her amazing Farseer novels? Perhaps not, but Shaman's Crossing is still a very good book. It is difficult to read her very distinctive prose and not hear more about Fitz, the fool, Nighteyes, but this novel has the potential to really go somewhere.
Her characterisation is at first, a little one dimensional. For a comprehensive book without a heavy plotline I expected much more vivid and alive characters - they didn't occur, but, seeds have definitely been set for development.
This novel seems more ambitious than her others. The books she wrote under the pen name Meghan Lindholm weren't hugely great, but showed some real promise. This book seems to fit perfectly between those and the Farseer novels - but lacks the real passion I felt whilst reading the latter. Still, I shall persevere, mainly because I know how talented Ms Hobbs is, but also because she had the courtesy to reply to an email I sent her many moons ago.
Some books are awful - some are hard work and take some time to get into - I genuinely believe this novel is the latter.