...But sometimes I didn't really love what the story did to the characters.
Still, we're talking about an epic quest that includes magic, swords, and (eventually) dragons. The writing is flawless. The good guys are noble and you want them to win. The Bad guys are evil and you want them to get theirs. All of that works out.
If I were writing, I probably would have given the heroes a more satisfying resolution than what they got. But I'm not the author. I'm just the reader. So I must be content.
But not just yet. Maybe I'll be content tomorrow.
Regardless, this is good, good stuff. I'm sticking with Robin Hobb for a while. Off to Liveship!