Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: Forest Mage, by Robin Hobb

read Shaman's Crossing, the first book in Robin Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy, with great anticipation. A fantasy series? With only three reasonably-sized books? That isn't Wheel of Time or Sword of Truth? And written by a woman? SOLD!

Which is why I was disappointed when I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped. I actually had to put it down for a few months and come back to it to make it all the way through. And while it did recover -- substantially -- in the second half, it wasn't enough for me to put it on any top-ten lists.

Imagine my surprise, then, when the sequel, Forest Mage (dat title! ;-) hit all of my buttons. Powerful, emotional, affecting, and most of all, personal.