Shaman’s Crossing by

Book #1 The Soldier Son ISBN: 0007196148
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I remember well the first time I saw the magic of the plainspeople

I’m a big fan of Hobb’s Fittz books, so I was looking forward to this coming out in paperback. And despite hearing some bad reviews I think it was a very enjoyable read. Not as good as the Farseer books, but still engaging and interesting.

Nevare Burvelle is the main character; the second son of a lord it is his destiny to become a soldier, an officer, and to fight, as all second sons must, for king and country. This is a duty and responsibility he looks forward to. The Writ of the good god lays out the life choices of nobility and Nevare has no problems with his path. He wants to be a good officer, to make his father proud, to bring honour to his family and his name.

This is very much a Hobb book, and by that I mean that character development is more important than plot, and I like that. But I would have to say that the story itself isn’t all that fascinating. Somewhat interesting, yes, but not as gripping as it could have been. If I’m totally honest it feels like an introduction to the life of Nevare rather than a book in its own right. Still, the story does end, so if don’t want to read on in the series, then you don’t have to.

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