The final book in the series, and absolutely the best of the trilogy. The ending, to me, was all very unexpected. There was an interesting twist on dragons and the romantic interests in the the story. Definitely a suggested book, if you can handle the narrator.
I enjoyed the first book and, started to lose interest by the end of the second book. I hoped that the Third would bring some closure and it did tie up some of the loose ends, but not in a satisfying manner. The action was all second and third hand, there was a lot of time that the characters spent in a foggy fugue state that couldn't hold my attention. Even the climax of the book, the big battle with the Red ships was told in a boring dry manner. Finished, just finished, no need to reread it.
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FitzChivalry Farseer???s life keeps getting worse. He has once again barely ??? and I mean just barely ??? survived Uncle Regal???s machinations. As Assassin???s Quest, the third book in Robin Hobb???s FARSEER trilogy, opens, Fitz???s situation seems hopeless. Only a couple of people know he still lives and Molly is not one of them. She???s gone, and it seems safest for Fitz to let her live in ignorance.
Meanwhile, Fitz???s uncle Regal has declared himself king in the Six Duchies. He demands exorbitant taxes, has abandoned Buck Town and left Buckkeep in the hands of a foreigner, and has in essence given up the area to the Red Ship Raiders. Not only has Fitz suffered at Regal???s hands, the coastal duchies suffer too.
Once Fitz is standing on his own two feet again, he decides to get revenge for what Regal has done to him personally and to the Six Duchies. But Regal is protected by a coterie of skillers and some rather nasty soldiers. As Fitz tries to hunt down Regal, Prince Verity begins skilling to Fitz and asking for help. Fitz is the only person who knows that Verity still lives, but it???s not long before Regal discovers that both of his worst two enemies, FitzChivalry and Verity Farseer, are alive. Of course, Regal wants to get them before they get him.
Assassin???s Quest takes a while to really get going, and there???s some rehearsal of old events, but I think it had to be that way ??? Fitz???s recovery must be slow, or it wouldn???t be believable. Hobb puts this time to good use, though. We learn about Burrich???s childhood and grow to love him even more for what he sacrificed for Fitz. Molly also becomes even more admirable as we see her trying to make the most of her unfortunate circumstances.
Once Fitz is able to travel ??? and there is a lot of traveling ??? the pace is still slow, but by now the reader is so devoted to FitzChivalry Farseer and his wolf that it feels more like we???re spending time with old friends than trying to get through a novel. Along the way we meet a few new characters, most notably the minstrel Starling and a mysterious old lady, and eventually Fitz falls back in with some characters who we already love and have been missing. Besides the slow pace, which I really didn???t mind too much, my only complaint is that I had a hard time believing that Fitz doesn???t want Molly to know he???s alive. This felt like it was contrived to break my heart, but I must say that it worked.
In the end there is some glory for Fitz and the Six Duchies, but it???s accompanied by much heartache. This isn???t one of those fantasies where everyone lives happily ever after. Readers should know that though this is the end of the FARSEER trilogy, Fitz???s story continues in Robin Hobb???s next trilogy, THE TAWNY MAN. I???ve been listening to Tantor Audio???s excellent version of FARSEER and so far they have not put TAWNY MAN on audio, but they do have LIVESHIP TRADERS, a related trilogy on audio. I hope we???ll be seeing TAWNY MAN in audio sometime soon because audio readers are not going to want to wait for it. Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.
I have read the trilogy and listened to them with my husband. Listening to the book was a treat. I preferred listening to the books due to the pronunciation of the characters names.
I absolutely loved the Farseer Trilogy.
It was an absolutely marvellous story.
I recommend to anyone who enjoyed the first two books. I recommend the series to anyone who enjoys stories entailing magic, chivalry and castles.
All in all it's a wonderful audiobook, though you can often hear when Paul had started recording on a new day as the recording isn't consistent.
great start but a floundering end to a good series. good narration, but three quarters of the way through it just got sloppy and slow.
I really enjoyed this series and the narrator was truly incredible. I could tell which character was speaking easily and the emotion he gave to their voices really moved me at times. The world that was created in this series pulled me in and I found myself constantly wanting to know more.
However, the protagonist, Fitz, was a frustrating character to follow. I felt pity for him but unlike other series where you wonder "how will the character solve the problem/conflict" I found myself thinking "I wonder who is going to come to help him". I'm not sure how to explain it but it constantly felt like even though Fitz was going through all these different things, he never really did anything. As people have said, this story isn't about a master ninja fighting assassin but it still felt like Fitz was too incompetent.
Now, as to how this series ends, it left me feeling very bitter sweet. I am able to accept the ending but it doesn't make me happy. However it does excite me that I came across this series knowing that the tawny man series and the fool and the Fitz series are out since these continue Fitz's story and I'm really hoping that things go better for him in the future and that maybe he grows up a bit more (even though technically, he is a grown adult by the end of the novel)
it's an excellent imaginative story, but holy hell do i hate how absolutely dense, unimaginative, wilfully ignorant, and negligent the fitz character is written to be. people call this a coming of age story. i don't know any child as stupid inept and self centric as fitz chivalry the "man". it seems like a less willfully ignorant and dense character mechanic could have resulted in the same story without all the unnecessary slow witted idiocy to drive it and been much improved for it.