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Anthony Lever

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Not a story for everyone.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-2020

I don't think it's a bad story. It's just not for me.
The lead character that we experience the story through, is a (intentionally) horrible person, with no redeemable qualities. He is the product of his surroundings and upbringing, so it's understandable why he is the way he is, but it means that I as a reader could never connect with him, so I really struggled to get invested in this story.

My only gripe with the story itself is that I don't buy for a second that a 14 year old boy, who stopped being educated at age 10 would be as clever and literate as he is.

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Great story, well told, but with some bad editing.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-2019

A great continuation of the Farseer trilogy. With real highs and gut punching lows that are to be expected from Hobb.

The reader tells the story well. My only minor criticism is that sometimes different voices can lack variation between characters, and sometimes the tone of dialogue doesn't match how it is described.

For the most part the editing is fine, but it feels like it was done quickly and the editor didn't listen to it. There are a few mistakes in there, but my major issue is that there's never enough breathing room to let the events of the story sink in. A few times chapters have ended on a quite and somber tone with major events just having taken place that you need a moment to think about, but as soon as the reader has finished the chapter he's shouting (in comparison to the quietness) the title of the next chapter at you without even time for a breath.