1. SHAMAN'S CROSSING Nevare Burvelle is the second son of a second son, destined from birth to carry a sword. The wealthy young noble will follow his father - newly made a lord by the King of Gernia - into the cavalry, training in the military arts at the elite King's Cavella Academy in the capital city of Old Thares. Bright and well-educated, an excellent horseman with an advantageous engagement, Nevare's future appears golden. But as his Academy instruction progresses, Nevare begins to realize that the road before him is far from straight. The old aristocracy looks down on him as the son of a `new noble` and, unprepared for the political and social maneuvering of the deeply competitive school and city, the young man finds himself entangled in a web of injustice, discrimination, and foul play. In addition, he is disquieted by his unconventional girl-cousin Epiny - who challenges his heretofore unwavering world view - and by the bizarre dreams that haunt his nights. For twenty years the King's cavalry has pushed across the grasslands, subduing and settling its nomads and claiming the territory in Gernia's name. Now they have driven as far as the Barrier Mountains, home to the Speck people, a quiet, forest-dwelling folk who retain the last vestiges of magic in a world that is rapidly becoming modernized. Taught from childhood that the Specks are primitive and mysterious, Nevare believes them to be a quaint people, feared only for their indigenous diseases, including the deadly Speck plague, which has ravaged the frontier towns and military outposts. Then Dark Evening brings the carnival to Old Thares, and with it an unknown magic, and the first Specks Nevare has ever seen... 607 pages
2. FOREST MAGE The prestigious King's Cavalla of Gernia has been ravaged by the Speck plague. The deadly disease has decimated the ranks of both cadets and instructors, and the few survivors remain weak and frail. Many have been forced to relinquish their military ambitions and will return to their families to face lives of dependency and disappointment. As the academy infirmary empties, cadet Nevare Burvelle also prepares to journey home. But far from being a broken man, Nevare has made an aston-ishingly robust recovery from the Speck plague. Furthermore, while in the grip of the plague, he defeated his Speck nemesis, freeing himself, he believes, from the Speck magic that infected him. As he begins the journey to his ancestral home of Widevale, he is in high spirits, expecting a jubilant homecoming, a tender reunion with his beautiful fiancée, Carsina, and a bright future as a commissioned officer. Yet back in the shelter of his family, Nevare finds his nights still haunted by visions of his Speck self betraying everything he holds dear in his waking life, and his days tormented by a rare side effect of the Speck plague that shames his family-and repulses Carsina. Though he expected to slip back into his family fold effortlessly, Nevare finds himself instead caught between the sensual, enchanting realm of the Specks and his own ancestry, the world he has always known. And then the magic in Nevare's blood-magic that he thought he had destroyed-roars to life, and he realizes that his most dangerous enemy, an enemy that seeks to destroy all he loves, might dwell within him... 736 pages
3. RENEGADE'S MAGIC The people of Getty's town remember the death of their cemetery soldier, Nevere Burve, vividly. Believing him guilty of unspeakable crimes, they recall beating him to death. But Nevare didn't die that day. A power far more intractable than an angry mob seized control of his life and swept him away. When he was a boy, the magic of the Speck people - the strange dappled-skin tribes of the frontier forests - claimed Nevare as their saviour, shaping him into a weapon to halt the Gernian expansion into Speck lands. Until now Nevare has defied the magic, unable to accept his traitorous fate. But when the magic threatened the only loved-ones he had left, Nevare had no choice but to surrender to it. When his efforts at seeking a peaceful solution fail, an exhausted Nevare can no longer suppress his ruthless Speck self, Soldier's Boy. He is determined to stop the Gernian expansion at all costs, and unlike Nevare, has no sympathy for his spirit-twin's world. The final book in the brand new trilogy from the author of the Tawny Man and Farseer trilogies, following on from the bestselling Shaman's Crossing and Forest Mage. 691 pages
About the Author: Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer, Liveship Traders, and Tawny Man trilogies. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She currently resides in Tacoma, Washington.