Robin Hobb returns to the Assassin trilogy for the third time, picking up the story from quite a few years after the events of the last book.
Similar to the style the first book, Fool’s Errand, a lot of the story is spent on general descriptions of daily life, while the main plot moves very slowly forward. Some may find this boring – personally I find it the best part of the Hobb books. The character of Fitz is still an interesting one, and the new POV for Fitz’s daughter is for the most part a welcome addition; moving the viewpoint between the two works well.
If, like myself, you were sick of the petulant whiny dragons from the Dragon Keeper series, you’ll be much happier here. While in Hobb style there are always such characters, at least they are in the background. Mostly this just bothers in the daughter sequences: she is written like an adult so throwing in childish tantrums feels out of place and annoying. Also, we get a good dose of my personal pet peeve – most problems in the book simply stem from characters being unable or unwilling to communicate to each other properly.
The main plot, as little as we see of it in this book, is not very interesting but that does not diminish the enjoyment of the book. I will be picking up the second book in the series, not to find out what will happen but simply because the book itself is so enjoyable to read.
Reviewed from an ARC.