This morning I turned the page. There was nothing there. I was at the end of the book. And the trouble with Robin Hobb’s books is that you don’t so much read them as live them.
One more book to go and that won’t be out for a couple of years.
Sometimes coming to the end of a Hobb book feels akin to having been pulled through a skill pillar and only those who have read her books will know what I mean.
I wondered how it would be possible to love Fitz more. After all his blood is made of ink, his bones are only paper. And yet he lives and breathes.
And all of the places I love, here, in this book.
There is an alchemy about these books. How they join people from around the world, how they link readers, how reading them is something more than it is with other books. She has a pen of an Elderling, and imagination that is immense, a heart that can be hard as memory stone.
As ever between the covers, everything I wanted and much that I never knew I desired.
And so, a question. I love Fitz. He is stubborn, wilful and though he is loyal he bows to no-one and heeds his own council and is ruled by his own conscience. And I love the enigma that is The Fool, Amber, Beloved, Lord Golden.
So who is your favourite character from this epic tale of The Six Duchies, The Rainwilds and Bingtown, and what is it about them that you love?
Leave a comment below and now and again I will pick out a comment and send cards, postcards, notecards at random, and on 25th August, my daughter’s birthday, I will send a copy of Fool’s Quest, doodled in by me and with a signed label from Robin Hobb, to one person picked at random from the comments.
And because it is my daughter’s birthday I will add a set of the dragon cards printed by Graffeg. ( Ten cards, five designs taken from the old cover art for Hobb’s books)
So, let’s talk about Robin Hobb.
Meanwhile, what to read?
Luckily I have this: from Manda Scott. Who is also brilliant.