By the end of Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy, I see that he takes a page from the Wheel of Time's reluctant hero, Rand. Except Fitz is far more than reluctant hero. He is just stupid. In the first two books I could forgive it because he is just a teenager. But as he ages, and even admits understanding and takes on new resolves, he immediately forgets them the next day in some fit of anger or his misguided sense of justice. If I'm going to dedicate 39 hours of my life to a third book, I expect some personal growth from the main character. Even the wolf has better sense.
Having said all that, Hobb is masterful in making me care! So in spite of all the tedium and lack of ongoing personal, sustained understanding by the main character, I cared what happened to Fitz and all the other characters. Hobb does a good job of developing all of them, and even getting right to the heart of the feelings of the female characters. He pulls together all the story lines and resolves them. I laughed out loud at the resolution of one of the tiniest story lines that I would have expected to be dropped out sight.
I was ready for the end but was vastly disappointed in that Fitz finally achieved what he wanted. A life of his own choosing. But his decision about what to do with it continues his reign of stupidity. I could have sat there at the end of the audio and picked through how everyone else chewed him up and spit him out for their own gain, blaming them for his final decision. But then I remember how the "catalyst" created every situation all by himself. The ending is, indeed, tragic. And because Hobb somehow made me care, I cried.
Boehmer is a good narrator and makes the characters easily understood.
If you have read the first two books, you will want to read the last one. And there is no place within it I can say, "you can skip all this and go right to here." You'll have to slog through. Focusing on the Fool will get you through it.
I really like it but didn't like it
I thought the Indond really suck
But the more I thought about it I was like it's coming my life you don't actually ever get to what you want to get to
It's one of those theories and I'll make you think about stuff
Characters keep secrets for no reason and generally do not act like people. The main character who is lovingly humble in the first book comes off as winy and miserable to the point of being EMO in this one. With little to no catharsis in the ending it is my recommendation that if you enjoyed the first two of the series, do not pick up the last one.This would have been infinitely better if the author had not tortured his character constantly without it really forwarding the plot its a bit weird to be honest...
Even out the good with the bad. Its fine having a character go through hardships that they overcome but this guy doesn't ever seem to overcome anything. He just gets mangled and eventually saved by someone else and he is usually not bettered by the experience.
Yes. Paul Boehmer was great.
the first book.
If I was reading the book, I would never have finished it. The second book as well as this are not even close to being on par with the first one. For crying out loud he barely talks about him being a assassin, All that happens really is that he moans, and complains, and at least the ending is plausible to the story. Robin didn't make a huge 180 degree turn and wrap everything up in a nice little bow like some authors do. Anyway, I am disappointed. The best part of the whole series was the Fool. I loved his/her quips. I wish there would have been about eight chapters of dialogue with him in it just having fun.
I enjoyed the first two books but its as if the author didn't want to write the third book and began to hate the main character more and more as the story progressed leaving a boring ending to the series.
Yes. The book is the perfect ending to the trilogy.
I just really enjoyed the whole trilogy. Alot of people bitched about 'not enough action,' ect...but I enjoyed the character development, and the world she created. Also, though I hated to see it end, I am glad she did not try to drag this on and on as alot of authors do. The entire trilogy was perfect.
the wolf...duh; but Regal did remind me of Joffrey from aGOT.
based on this book, I do plan to read more Hobb.
This is the last book, and it was a decent story. I thought this one dragged a little in the middle as they were traveling to the elderlings, but in the end it was ok. I felt a little sorry for the main character as he didn't get his happy ending.
i like Sci-Fi & Epic Fantasy with a little romance mixed in
Yes, it was a good listen but sad at times
the magic and how it was used
I will not put any specifics into this review and I really hope that this isn't a spoiler, but I feel that I have to say it. The first two books were pretty good and it suckered me in right away, but I was disappointed with the third book. The ending was VERY disappointing. I really felt like I wasted all my time listening to the story (and the last one was REALLY long). When you get to the end you say to yourself "okay, what was the point of all of this again?" Additionally, the last book was unnecessarily wordy. It droned on and on and kept saying the same thing over and over again. You really want Fitz to stand up and punch somebody for holding back information, it really does get annoying. I guess if you’re not looking for the perfect ending then the story is good, but I'm a sucker for a happy ending.
Yes. Overall it was a great trilogy read by a great narrator.
I loved the constant fear of failure throughout the trilogy. Fitz is not perfect by any standard, but his pain is believable and his successes satisfying.