A reader who’ll try anything once, including bad books in search of good ones. Eclectic as her tastes are, she tends to gravitate to historical romances, realistic contemporaries, and some fantasy novels.
Okay, I guess I see where the comments are coming from, but I still can't get over the fact that you have to read 6 to 13 books within this Realms of the Elderlings world to get to this point. Sure, you could skip all those earlier trilogies and quartet, but why would you want to jump in about sixty years after the story started?
So, one book dedicated to showing just how awful rape is, just feels like an excuse to show more rape—and in detail this time.
Just in: Infodumps stuffed within dialogue, are still infodumps.
Other than that, this fundamental change in Fitz didn't feel fully explained especially considering the story is told from his perspective and with his first person voice. "You are you" is damn far away from "I could never".
Answer to the question on top is: No cookie for Hobb.