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Publisher's Summary

The final book in the Soldier Son series, from the author of the Tawny Man and Farseer trilogies, following on from the best-selling Shaman’s Crossing and Forest Mage.

The people of Getty's town remember the death of their cemetery soldier vividly. They remember believing him guilty of unspeakable crimes, condemning him, and then watching as other men of his unit beat him until he no longer drew breath. But Nevare Burvelle didn't die that day, though everyone believes they saw it happen. He was cornered by a power far more intractable than an angry mob. When he was a boy, the magic of the Specks - the dapple-skinned tribes of the frontier forests - claimed Nevare as a saviour; severing his soul in two, naming his stolen half Soldier's Boy and shaping him into a weapon to halt the Gernian expansion into their lands and save their beloved ancestor trees. Until now Nevare has defied the magic, unable to accept his traitorous fate. But the magic has won: It has extinguished his once golden future, devastated his family and has now turned his own people against him. Faced with endangering the only loved-ones he has left, Nevare has no choice but to surrender to its will and enter the forest.

But surrendering to his Speck destiny is only the beginning of his trials. Before he submits completely, Nevare makes one desperate last attempt to deter the Gernians from the Barrier Mountains without causing them harm. But the magic accepts no compromise. Exhausted, Nevare can no longer suppress his traitorous Speck self, Soldiers Boy. Losing control, he becomes a prisoner in his own body; able only to watch helplessly as his other half takes Soldier's Boy is determined to stop the Gernian expansion at all cost, and unlike Nevare, he has no love, nor sympathy for his spirit-twin's world.

©2007 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." ( The Times)

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Robin Hobbs best work (?)

This is another series of Robin Hobbs that has you crying and sniffling by the end. This is a complex Web of Magic and intrigue with twists and turns and u expected happenings, and with no discernible plot holes or discrepancies. Whilst this is not part of her wider and longer storyline set around Kelsingra, the Six Duchies and Bingtown, it is probably even better in that within three books she has created and painted a fantatsic world with at least three very different but albeit similar, races. The Gernians, The Plains people and the Speck. There would be no better Netflix series than this, or perhaps HBO, where proper big budget could be spent. I have ways hoped that Robin Hobb would find the time and artistic calling, to do a sequel series based on this story.

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Riveting

I couldn't wait to see what happened in this book. very well done, the pass was perfect.

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  • robert hutton
  • 14-06-2020

a good end

a suitable conclusion to an epic trilogy, gripping and frustrating, and edge of the seat story with lots of highs and lows.

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  • Peter
  • 29-05-2020

thoroughly enjoyed

Lovely listen, sad it came to an end, yet another great story from Robin Hobb

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  • Conor
  • 29-12-2019

Awful, the worst I have ever listened to,

Thank god its over, this was the most boring I have heard in a long time, was so relieved it ended

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  • Sarah Brunyard
  • 21-09-2019

Enthralling, an ending that satisfies!

The narrator does a brilliant job of telling this tale. Worth every minute of listening.

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  • Duncan
  • 06-02-2019

Great ending to fantastic trilogy

if you enjoy detail and epic you will not be disappointed with this fantastic story. Well written and we'll ready.

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  • helen
  • 03-10-2018

Slow Burner

I found myself willing the story on move on at a faster pace, but Robin Hobb does have a tendency to linger on story lines. I did like the series, but felt that this could have been told in 2 books not 3.

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  • Pod
  • 25-06-2018

Decent conlusion

Kind of drags a bit and wraps up too neatly at the end. But otherwise it's a decent tale of Nevare's ups and downs as he tries to wrestle control from his Forest mage alter ego.

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  • Kate
  • 22-08-2017

Not up to Hobb's usual standard...

I’ve persevered with this story to the third book as it has some very good characters, but maaaaannnn this book is so slow. It’s incredibly repetitive, nothing seems to happen for the first two thirds.

I think at least half of it could be edited out and it would read better (and this coming from someone who thinks the bigger the book, the better!) I haven’t finished yet as still listening but I think if I’d been reading this in the traditional sense I’d have given up by now, or sped through it just to see how it ends.

Even being a massive fan of Hobb’s amazing writing I can’t help but be a bit disappointed. The narrator is excellent however, loved him throughout all three books. Just a shame the plot is a so stale.

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  • WinterWolf
  • 11-09-2016

Hopes dashed for a satisfying ending

What did you like best about Renegade's Magic? What did you like least?

I guess it was the completionist part of me that kept me going with this series.I quite liked the first book. It was by no means a gripping story like the Elderling Series, but I became quite invested in the main character. The second book seemed to meander endlessly, but I had hopes for a - if not great - at least satisfying ending.
What I got felt like 20 hours listening to someone describing the pleasure of food and eating. The story crawls along so slowly that only the most stalwart will find themselves not zoning out. This has become a good medium to put me to sleep.
Listening to all three back to back certainly did this story no favours.

What will your next listen be?

Think I will take a break from Hobb for now and wait for the final book in Fool's quest to be released. Onwards to new discoveries.

What aspect of Jonathan Barlow’s performance might you have changed?

I don't think any performer could have saved this story.
Although a very pleasant reading voice to listen to, there is no real magic here. Think Audiobooks have come a long way and it is those adept with voices and a knack for accents seem best suited to make a story come to life. Still, I have no complaints,

Was Renegade's Magic worth the listening time?

Unfortunately I think most will find it not so. Not Hobb's best work by a long shot.
On hindsight, I think it would have been no great loss to have missed this series.

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  • Trey Mujakporue
  • 08-11-2018

Tiring.

This is the last of the robin hobb books I’ve read and by far the most onerous. Story was long. Painful and not as interesting as all her others.

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