2006-07-22 · in Books, Realm of the Elderlings · 83 words

Following the exposition-development-expedition structure of the first trilogy, this second book follows Fitz as he struggles with events both inside and outside Buckkeep. The setting's one we're thoroughly familiar with by now, but the politics is thoroughly convincing, and the changes in the characters we know are handled skillfully. I was particularly impressed with the sensitive portrayal of Thick here; he's an interestingly flawed character (as are many of Hobb's) in a genre that's traditionally replete with strong heroes.

Strongly recommended.