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Forest Mage

The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Jonathan Barlow
Series: Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The second book in the brand-new trilogy from the author of the Tawny Man trilogy, following on from the best-selling Shaman’s Crossing. The King's Cavalla Academy has been ravaged by the Speck plague. The disease has decimated the ranks of both cadets and instructors, and even the survivors remain sickly. Many have been forced to relinquish their military ambitions and return to their families to face lives of dependency and disappointment.

As the Academy infirmary empties, Cadet Nevare Burvelle also prepares to journey home, to attend his brother Rosse's wedding. Far from being a broken man, Nevare is hale and hearty after his convalescence. He has defeated his nemesis, Tree Woman, and freed himself of the Speck magic that infected him and attempted to turn him against his own people. A bright future awaits him as a commissioned officer betrothed to a beautiful young noblewoman.

Yet his nights are still haunted by dreams of the voluptuous Tree Woman; dreams in which his Speck self-betrays everything he holds dear in his waking life. Has the plague infected him in ways far more mysterious than the merely physical? Despite his fears, Nevare will journey back to Widevale in high spirits, in full expectation of a jubilant homecoming and a tender reunion with his beautiful fiancée, Carsina.

But his life is about to take a shocking turn, as the magic in his blood roars to life and forces him to recognize that his most dangerous enemy, an enemy that seeks to destroy all he loves, might dwell within him.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Forest Fatty

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. do yourself a favour and start a new series, I beg you. This is a painful book detailing a half decent main character being betrayed, cheated, disbelieved and generally being blamed for everything. His amazing superpower is fatness; I'm not even joking. The magic power that he cannot use or control makes him fat and has no real benefit other than making the whole world distrust and hate him. The only things that happen are when the "magic made me do it". This is the worst fantasy book I have ever read, and I cannot believe it came from the same authour who gave us "The Farseer Trilogy".

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10 chapter of fat shame

No real story for the first 10 chapters just a lot of talking about getting fat and descriptions of the food he ate.

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Very disappointed

It dragged on, I kept listening in the hope that good things would happen. Very slow and depressing. I had to stop listening a few time as it was so annoying. Very disappointed after reading so many.

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listen to a different robin hobbs book!

I love Robin Hobbs books but while well written this was depressing beginning to end!

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Astonishing

If Franz Kafka were a modern fantasy author, this is the horror he might write.

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Tragic

If you're a sucker for tragedy then you will enjoy this book. Not Robin Hobb's best trilogy, but enjoyable all the same. A lot of people find the main character Navare to be whiny and are frustrated with his lack of action. His soul was divided in two, and each half functions as a separate identity (Soldier Boy and Navare) which was raised in two different worlds and cultures. Each half suffers under the loss of the other. Navare as a whole person would be brave, driven, decisive and very un-whiny - so there would be no story as a perfect Navare would have solved the worlds problems with no fuss.

I enjoyed the narrator, he had an animated style and put on different accents and voices for the characters without doing the annoying high pitched voices for female characters that some male narrators do.

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Gave up 1 hr from the end

I LOVE Hobb, but this is awful!!!
I gave up 1 hour from the end of the second book because I could not take any more.

I absolutely love characters that develops over the story and dont mind slow paced but this book was excruciating.
SLOW, REPETITIVE, such constant stupid angst and the main character is pathetic beyond empathy.

Giving up. Never again.

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Robin Hobb only writes master pieces.

Every time I read this series I think it's the best story Robin Hobb ever wrote. Of course it's hard to beat her other various series ' but Nevarre is an amazing character and id love to see her do another series to follow this up

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must read or hear

I was throughly entertained with the story I couldn't wait to see what was happening. I am looking forward to learning what happens next.

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Slow and steady

Quite a slow read even for a fan of Hobb's writing style, but still a compelling story with great characters and gut-wrenching emotion.

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  • 19-12-2016

plot extruded to ludicrous length!

I love the characters and the plot but l
talk about dragging out the misery and self doubt!!! I feel the tale would benefit from a little more pace - too repetitive!! !

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  • maz
  • 04-12-2017

left me wondering what was going to happen next !

left me wondering what was going to happen next! lots of twists and turns keeping me interested

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  • Alistair
  • 30-01-2013

Depressing

I couldn’t finish this book. It was so miserable and I became irritated by the main character failing to have the common sense to realise what is happening to him or speak up for himself.

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  • robert hutton
  • 04-06-2020

interesting

it is an enthralling story although very long It kept me listening and wanting to know more.

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  • S McVeigh
  • 26-01-2020

Slow, full of repetitive self-loathing.

I thought this trilogy was awful. I could not bring myself to read book 3

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  • victoria
  • 15-09-2019

Good story, shame about the reader.Q

Another amazing piece of robin Hobbs lovely storytelling. She facilitates the reader’s entry into a world far removed from our’s but that reflects many of those the reader can empathise with. The problem in this reading is it’s reader’s (narrator) inept handling of words? Surely this could be avoided by his familiarising himself with the text and sifting out the problem words, checking pronunciation then, reading? None of these words are difficult or strange... I would have thought the readers you (Audible) night be above this type of problem?

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  • lilikins
  • 10-09-2019

Misery!

Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does. If feels like being asked to watch a holocaust in slow motion. I’m not listening to this particular book again. Hope the next part is happier!!

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  • jake w
  • 19-01-2019

good

beautifully written, but depressing. Robbin Hobb is a genius, I've never made it through this series on paper

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  • helen
  • 03-10-2018

Slow Burner

very good, but slow in getting to the heart of the matter. You have to listen to this if you have book 1 of this series.

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  • Pod
  • 25-06-2018

The story of a schizophrenic obese wizard

An interesting sequel that takes Nevare's story into life outside the academy. Hijinks ensue.

The Speck are different enough noble savages to be interesting.