This book is the first book of Robin Hobb’s Solider Son Trilogy, apart from Fitz’s story arc this is my second favorite series by Hobb, if you’ve been following my book reviews you will know that I’ve just finished the Live Ship Trilogy and found this really hard going, in the sense of not connecting with characters and the story. This book is the complete opposite, straight away I connected with the main characters who is Nevare Burvelle and you follow his journey to the academy where he trains to be soldier. In my opinion the themes that were explored during the story progress were religion, family, friendship, environment and believing in yourself.
For those who are asking is it worth reading after Fitz’s story arc? My answer is yes. Bear in mind that this is a stand-alone trilogy and not part of the Eldering Realm, this is actually makes a refreshing change. Hobb informs you of cultural information on the people and historical information on the landscape, which I found fascinating.
Once piece of background information which I loved was whilst following Nevare you learn that he is a Gernia and their religion is called Gernian, who believe in “firstborn noble sons are heir to the family fortunes, second sons bear swords as soldiers, and third sons are consecrated to the priesthood.” This got me thinking about today’s society and religion views, can you imagine if this was brought into the 21st Century?
I am definitely going to read book two and three in this trilogy, once I have finished Rain Wild Chronicles. What am I reading next? Currently I am reading Mr Mercedes By Stephen King, as I just felt that I wanted a change from Hobb. What’s next after Mr Mercedes? Well, I’ve decided to read Tad Williams The Dragonbone Chair: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn as he’s bringing out a new book on 5th Jan 2017 (according to Amazon) belonging to this series.
Eventually I want to read G.R.R Martin’s Game of Thrones series, considering that the Dragonbone Chair: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is the source of inspiration to Game of Thrones, I thought William’s trilogy would be a good place to start. Then I’ll go back to Hobb’s Fitz and the Fool trilogy and read book 2 before the new third book titled Assassin’s Fate which due out in the summer of 2017.
I will review Solider Son Trilogy in full once I have read all the books.