Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb

(7.0/10)

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 takesSoldier'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.

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8 positive reader review(s) in total for the The Soldier Son Trilogy series

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Shaman's Crossing
The Soldier Son Trilogy: Book 1
9.0

Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King's [...]


Forest Mage
The Soldier Son Trilogy: Book 2
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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 sickl [...]


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The Soldier Son Trilogy: Book 3
7.0

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Renegade's Magic reader reviews

from New Zealand

Robin Hobb writes in a genre that often lacks depth and nuance. She brings to life incredibly complex characters, who often don't have a lot go well for them, and yet somehow manages to maintain interest and excitement over the course of hundreds of pages. Renegade's Magic is no exception here. This book is also fascinating, as it is written in first person point of view, from the perspective of a person who does not have control of the body he inhabits. It sounds odd, but she does this seamlessly. As with the last few books of the Farseer series, these books at times transcend the genre and are really works of high art. They probably would have been a bit boring for me 15 years ago, and thus I wouldn't recommend it across the board. but as a long time fantasy reader who is not a bit older, I would rate this series as one of the best I have ever read. In my opinion, this series, along with the final Farseer trilogy, make Robin Hobb one of the best authors the fantasy genre has ever seen, and certainly one of my all time favourites.

from Columbus, Ohio

If Robin Hobb's name was not on this book I never would of believed that she wrote it. I have nine of her books that I really liked and three door stops.

6/10 from 3 reviews

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