Renegade's Magic

Last updated
Renegade's Magic
RenegadesMagicCover.jpg
First edition (UK)
Author Robin Hobb
Cover artist John Howe (UK)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Series Soldier Son Trilogy
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Voyager Books (UK)
Publication date
2 July 2007 (UK)
2 July 2007 (Australia)
September 2007 (USA)
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages620 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN 0-00-719618-0 (UK hardback edition)
OCLC 85828631
Preceded by Forest Mage  

Renegade's Magic is a book by Robin Hobb, the third in her Soldier Son Trilogy . [1] The book follows Nevare, protagonist from the previous two novels, Forest Mage and Shaman's Crossing . Forced to hang for his alleged nefarious crimes, Nevare finally embraces the magic within himself and escapes. The battle between his Gernian and Speck identities is a central feature of the novel, highlighting themes such as loss of identity, and the impact of colonialism on native populations.

Contents

Plot

The story begins with Nevare Burvelle scheduled for execution. However, Burvelle has been framed, and manages to escape with the help of his former lover, Lisana. The Gernia people (Nevare's ethnic peoples) plan to cut down a forest full of Elder Trees, which house the spirits of the ancestors of the Speck people. Soldier's Boy, a Speck spirit, inhabits Nevare's body and takes full control. Much of the novel is told from Nevare's perspective trapped behind this larger personality. Nevare embarks on his attempt to undermine the effort to build the road, often horrified by what his alter ego is doing with his body, even though he is powerless to stop it. The Specks and Gernia come to a peaceful solution at novel's end, with Nevare ultimately accepting his abilities and personality. [2]

Themes

The novel features themes of colonialism and its impact on native people (the Specks vs. Gernians), the struggle of identity that one faces (specifically, Soldier Boy and Nevare battling for one body), spiritualism (protecting the ancestors), and technological advance (the link between the use of magic and weight gain representing technological advance). [2] [3]

Critical reception

The novel has received mixed to positive reviews. [4] SFSite praised Hobb's usage of fantasy conventions to explore weighty concepts such as identity and fellowship, rights and duties, and permanence and change, noting that her writing is unique in a genre overpopulated with adolescent epics. [5] Publishers Weekly called it a stunning conclusion to the series but criticized the confusing magical system and glacial pacing of the story. [6]

Taxonomy

Renegade's Magic details the story of Nevare Burvelle, a boy with magical powers. His world is also filled with other people who have a degree of magical prowess, and the world surrounding them generally regards the use of magic or possession of the ability as the "norm". The novel can therefore be defined generally as an immersive fantasy novel (in which magic is an inherent part of the world), as opposed to (for example) a portal quest novel, in which one enters a world of magic through a portal of some form. (The classic example being The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe ) [7]

Release details

Related Research Articles

<i>Icehenge</i> novel by Kim Stanley Robinson

Icehenge is a science fiction novel by American author Kim Stanley Robinson, published in 1984.

Robin Hobb American fiction writer (pseudonym)

Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, better known by her pen names Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm, is an American writer. She has written five series set in the Realm of the Elderlings, which started in 1995 with the publication of Assassin's Apprentice and ended with Assassin's Fate in 2017. Her books have sold over a million copies.

<i>Crossroads of Twilight</i> 2003 novel by Robert Jordan

Crossroads of Twilight is a fantasy novel by American author Robert Jordan, the tenth book of his The Wheel of Time series. It was published by Tor Books and released on January 7, 2003. Upon its release, it immediately rose to the #1 position on the New York Times best seller list for hardcover fiction, making it the third Wheel of Time book to reach the #1 position on that list. It remained on the list for the next three months.

<i>Assassins Apprentice</i> book by Robin Hobb.

Assassin's Apprentice is a fantasy novel by American writer Robin Hobb, the first in her Farseer Trilogy. It was Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden's first book under this pseudonym, and was published in 1995. The book was written under the working title Chivalry’s Bastard. The stories of characters found in the Farseer Trilogy continue in the Tawny Man Trilogy and the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. Other series, The Liveship Traders and The Rain Wild Chronicles, are set in the same world and in the same timeframe, with some crossover.

<i>Royal Assassin</i> novel by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin is a fantasy novel by American writer Robin Hobb, the second in her Farseer Trilogy. It was published in 1996.

<i>Assassins Quest</i> book by Margaret Lindholm

Assassin's Quest is a 1997 fantasy novel by American writer Robin Hobb, the third in her Farseer Trilogy. It follows the exploits of FitzChivalry Farseer, whose narrative continues in Fool's Errand.

<i>Fools Errand</i> (novel) book by Margaret Lindholm

Fool's Errand is a fantasy novel by American writer Robin Hobb, the first in her Tawny Man Trilogy. It commences 15 years after the events in Assassin's Quest, a period covered by The Liveship Traders Trilogy ; it resumes the story of FitzChivalry Farseer after he has wandered the world and finally settled to a quiet, cottage-dwelling life with his adopted son Hap.

<i>Shamans Crossing</i> book by Margaret Lindholm

Shaman's Crossing is a book by Robin Hobb, the first in her Soldier Son Trilogy. It is written in first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Nevare Burvelle and follows his life through his first year in the King's Cavalla Academy.

The Soldier Son Trilogy is a fantasy novel series by Robin Hobb. Set in a new world unrelated to her previous trilogies, the Soldier Son Trilogy follows the life of Nevare Burvelle, the second son of a newly elevated Lord of the Kingdom of Gernia.

<i>Time</i> (Baxter novel) Novel by Stephen Baxter

Manifold: Time is a 1999 science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. It is the first of Baxter's Manifold Trilogy, although the books can be read in any order because the series takes place in a multiverse.

<i>Sharpes Fortress</i> book

Sharpe's Fortress is the third historical novel of the Richard Sharpe series, by Bernard Cornwell, first published in 1998. It is the last of the Sharpe India trilogy. It tells the story of Ensign Sharpe, during the battle of Argaum and the following siege of the Fortress of Gawilghur in 1803.

<i>Forest Mage</i> novel by Robin Hobb

Forest Mage is a 2006 fantasy novel by Robin Hobb, the second in her Soldier Son Trilogy.

<i>Deryni Rising</i> book by Katherine Kurtz

Deryni Rising is a historical fantasy novel by American-born author Katherine Kurtz. It was first published by Ballantine Books as the nineteenth volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in August 1970, and was reprinted at least ten times over the next three decades. In 2004, the author released a revised and updated edition of the novel that was published by Ace Books. Deryni Rising was the first of Kurtz' Deryni novels to be published, though some of her later works served as prequels, detailing events that occurred before the time period of Deryni Rising. As a result, the storyline of the Childe Morgan Trilogy immediately precedes Deryni Rising, despite the fact that it was published over thirty years after the first novel.

<i>Wolfblade</i> novel by Jennifer Fallon

Wolfblade is a fantasy novel written by Australian author Jennifer Fallon. It is the first in a trilogy titled the Wolfblade Trilogy.

<i>Prince of the Blood</i> (novel) novel by Raymond E. Feist

Prince of the Blood is a fantasy novel by American writer Raymond E. Feist. It is the first book of the Krondor's Sons series and was published in 1989. It was later followed by The King's Buccaneer in 1992. A 15th anniversary "author's preferred" edition with portions of the book significantly rewritten was released in 2004. The novel focuses on Borric and Erland conDoin, and their personal growth as they journey to the Empire of Great Kesh and unwittingly become involved in a plot against both their own lives and the Empress herself.

<i>Shadow of a Dark Queen</i> novel by Raymond E. Feist

Shadow of a Dark Queen is a fantasy novel by American writer Raymond E. Feist. It is the first book in The Serpentwar Saga and was first published in June 1994. It was followed by Rise of a Merchant Prince which was published in 1995.

<i>Royal Exile</i> novel by Fiona McIntosh

Royal Exile is the first novel in the Valisar trilogy, by Australian fantasy author Fiona McIntosh. It was first published in September 2008 by HarperVoyager Royal Exile follows the story of Leo, a young Valisar Royal whose world is destroyed by the Barbarian, Loethar, as he attempts to win back his throne and rid his land of the evil barbarian horde. The story is continued in A Tyrant's Blood.

Sara Creasy is an Australian author represented by Kristin Nelson, president of the Nelson Agency out of Denver, CO. She was born and raised in England, before her family moved to Australia when she was a teenager. Her debut novel, Song of Scarabaeus, was published by Harper Voyager in 2010.

<i>Fools Quest</i> book by Margaret Lindholm

Fool's Quest is the second book in the epic fantasy trilogy Fitz and the Fool, written by American author Robin Hobb. It was published by HarperCollins and released in August, 2015 and continues the story of FitzChivalry Farseer and his daughter Bee after the events of Fool's Assassin, published in 2014.

This is complete list of works by American fantasy author Robin Hobb, the pen name of Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden.

References