I too put the Forest Mage down for months. However, when the third book came out, I ordered it and finished FM. Having now finished Renegade's Magic, I'm glad that I persevered in finishing up the trilogy. I liked the final ending and thought it worthwhile. I did like the first series better, though.Well I finally finished The Forest Mage and I have to say I can not for the life of me figure out why Robin Hobb would write Nevare as she did in this book. Why does she think that we want to read about this incredibly obese character, described in great detail exactly what it is like to be so over weight? I am pretty much certain anyone who is over weight would not even want to read the book simply because it would constantly remind them of their own problems.
It seems as though she attempted to make the reader feel sorry for the Nevare character, when all I really felt was disgusted with how she tried to make Nevare into Fitz by making him fat. There, I have said it, Nevare is a carbon copy of Fitz in terms of how she attempts to make the reader feel about the character.
I will not be reading the rest of this series and I am really glad I found Forest Mage at my local library, I almost did purchase it...whew!
Edit: And no, I am not over weight so I don't hold a grudge in that regard. However I do have friends and family that are over weight and I know they would hate this book with a passion. Robin Hobb made a mistake with the Nevare character, either that or she only has the one main character type in her because I kept seeing Fitz under all that weight.
Not sure I understand you correctly here. The viewpoint is that of Nevare and obviously, he doesn't believe that the plains people or the Specks are anything but savages because that's what he's been brought up to think. I don't believe you can blame Robin Hobb for that since the whole story is in Nevare's perspective. Of course, you might be saying something different and I might be missing the point hereMy issues with the book is the way she gave really powerful negative views of the other tribes in the story, and never gave strong positive views. Savages! She didn't do enough research to show the underlying civilisation of these "savages", she just ended up making them seem really.... savage.