It’s the beginning of #hobbsquad!! From this month, readers around the world are beginning to attempt to read, in chronological order, a book by Robin Hobb every month. Go here for more information and to meet other readers!
I’m quite certain that I need not introduce her or her impressive collection of works. However, I’m so excited because I’ve been meaning to read Hobb for such a long time and yet I never got round to it. (We’ve all been there, right?) Hobbsquad gave me that little push I needed and my goodness, am I THRILLED. I’m furious at myself for putting it off for so long.
I had the pleasure of meeting Hobb a few years ago at my University in the UK. She was wonderfully wise, pleasant to talk to and full of truly wonderful advice. She understood how hard writing is and gave her listeners gentle encouragement. I for one was filled with the sudden certainty that I could be a writer if I really tried – that’s just the effect Hobb had on me. She filled me with confidence and inspiration. She was even kind enough to sign a book for me, which I will forever cherish –
Yes, I asked her to write something about giving me a kick up the arse. Yes, she laughed.
So I finally read this wonderful debut novel. Here’s my (succinct) review, originally on goodreads:
This novel was everything I didn’t know I needed. Animal companions, magic, political intrigue, murder, a wonderful cast of characters, mystery, suspense, action, poisonings, NOSY, learning-in-a-castle, complete heartbreak… it all made for an utterly engrossing read.
Don’t be put off by the slow start. 6 years ago I was put off by just that and now I’m furious at myself for missing out on 6 years of already reading Robin Hobb. Stick with it, get to know our sweet cinnamon roll of a protagonist, let his friends become your friends, his enemies become your enemies, feel sick with him, broken with him, even occasionally quite cheery with him, and you shall be rewarded with one of the most engaging, fully realised fantasy novels there is.
Word to the wise: at around 85%, turn off your phone, turn the lights out, make no plans, hide from any kind of social life. Do not allow yourself to be interrupted by such trivialities as food, water, or sleep. You will thank me.