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What to read next -- Poll Results!

First of all, thanks to all the people who voted this past week - this was Fantasy-Matters' first poll of all time, and it turned out great.  The winner of the what to read next poll was Robin Hobb's Assassin's Apprentice.  I'll be heading out to a local bookstore later today to pick it up, and from what I've heard, I won't be disappointed.

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Adam, you've just inspired me to re-start the series. I'll be co-reading along with you. I'll be slowed by the fact that I'm also re-reading the 4th GRRM book in the Song of Ice and Fire series in prep for the July release of book 5, but still...

Happy reading!

I just started it this morning, great to hear I'll have company along the way! Happy reading to you too!

How goes your progress, Adam? Hope you're enjoying the story. This first book is largely foundational, at least for the first half of the book. I think of this book as a slow boil compared to the other eight books of the three trilogies.

I'm about two-thirds done with Assassin's Apprentice so far and I'm really enjoying it. I don't find the world as immersive as the Dark Tower series or the Lord of the Rings, but the characterization is great and the story is engaging. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the book as well as the next books in the series.

Great to hear that you're enjoying it. Even though I was somewhat reluctant to read Assassin's Apprentice at first, the series quickly became the first one I'd read where I would complete one book and immediately open the next one and start reading.

I'll be interested to hear your take on this world by the end of Assassin's Apprentice (and moreso by the end of the Royal Assassin.)

When I first started the series, I admit that I didn't feel very drawn into Hobb's world. I found the characters to be beautifully shaped and very human, very flawed in believable ways. I was so caught up in the characterizations, in fact, that it wasn't until I finished book one that I realized what Hobb had accomplished. She had slowly and subtly built this world around me as I read. Because I was learning about it along with Fitz, I didn't realize how much I was learning.

I also came to greatly appreciate the italicized "histories" at the start of each chapter, even when they didn't seem particularly connected to what was happening at the moment. They're like Hansel and Gretel's breadcrumb trail.