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Good writing, but depressing
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 2, 2022
I read the Farseer triology first and then the Tawny Man triology. Hobbs writing is certainly captivating, evidenced by me reading all six books although the protagonist and the overall depressing theme of him being constantly abused and gaslighted by almost everyone around him started to annoy me in book 2. I hoped that he would undergo some personal development at some point in the books, but sadly, that never happens. The underlying theme of the books seems to be that an abandoned child will be so obsessed with pleasing people that he will put himself in abusive, exploitative, and ultimately self-destructive situations over and over again (and this is not just Fitz, the theme repeats with other characters in the books). There is some small happy ending which is more told than we see it in the last chapter, but honestly, it was more the the ending I was afraid of instead the one I was looking for. Yes, Fitz grew up and became a little bit more mature, but he remains painfully obtuse throughout the whole series, and falls for the "It's all your fault, do what I tell you, it's your duty, what you need doesn't matter" spin every *** time. For example, in the what is I guess supposed to be his great heroic deed of the story, he first does what the fool tells him to do, then what the pale woman tells him to do (even telling his frieds at some point it is what the fool would want him to do, when he most empathically begged him not to do it) and in the end what the next big player tells him to do. Also, if someone tries to be subtle or even just less then blatant he fails to understand what's going on every single time. Maybe some of that is because the reader is told things from his point of view or through his dreams that make it appear incredible that he doesn't see the connections. Maybe he just isn't meant to be a sympathetic protagonist, unfortunately, there are very few likable characters in the books. Some reviewers wrote they wished at some point some characters would have just been killed, and I agree. The most likable characters in the books were all animals, and they were all killed off, probably to confirm that Fitz's life is misery. So, the books are definitely written well enough to invoke strong emotions. But in the end, I'm not sure if I'm glad I read them. If I had known beforehand how the story would meander to its end, I think I wouldn't have. They are not the type of escapist fantasy I enjoy.