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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.
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.