Posted on May 27, 2010 by GRIM
I don’t really understand why I like Robin Hobb. I tend to dislike traditional fantasy almost on reflex and her writings are almost (but not quite) regular fantasy. I also tend to dislike writing where the heroes are helpless, tortured or at the mercy of outside forces. I prefer empowered heroes and Hobbs protaganists almost always seem to be at the mercy of outside forces and to take a severe drubbing at the hands of the world around them. Nonetheless, I still like the books and it’s a source of consternation to me that I carry on reading despite my distaste at the tortures that her characters undergo. Hobb’s novels are fantasy ‘misery tourism’, they often leave you feeling sad and upset but the worlds are well realised and if the characters weren’t well written they wouldn’t tug at your heart-strings.