I thouroughly Loved listening to all of the books in this series
The final confrontation with Regal! Loved what she did with that.
When he was in the skill city
what will happen?
perfect narrator for this series
i listen during my commute, and look forward to the hour drive
This is the last book in the series. It ties up all the loose ends and knotted turns. I will listen to the whole series again.
The craptastic climax
The last two books. It's like reading a country song which goes on and on. Utterly disappointing protagonist with the IQ of a mouse. Hobb seems to enjoy ignoring obvious questions a person would ask so he can insert a couple more hours of at the expense of the main character. We spend three books listening to this guy get raked over the coals and his payback is wrapped up in two minutes. Author's conclusions about relationships is a bit out there as well, Hobb really needs a psychiatrist.
Excellent performance overall. Absolutely amazed he didn't cut his own wrists reading this trilogy.
Fitz has a tough life, and things don't get much better after he dies.
It wouldn't be much of a trilogy if it didn't wind up at some sort of conclusion, and given the story so far and the difficulties that have gone on, it's not surprising to find even more trouble and pain for Fitz. There's the constant hope that his life is going to turn out perfectly, but as with life, this book isn't full of rainbows and unicorns. It is full of realistic (for a fantasy universe, anyway) problems and situations that makes you really feel for the characters.
It's sad for the story to end, after spending so much time with Fitz and Nighteyes. It is good to know that this book isn't the end of their stories, though; the Rain Wild trilogy takes part in the same universe and is tangentially connected, while the Tawny Man trilogy continues with the adventures in Buck Keep.
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain
Between Robin Hobb's unquestionable talent for creating true to life characters and Boehmer's ability to tell the story like it's his, you feel as though you've just spent a weekend in front of the fire with Fitz while he entranced you with his life story. While you may not love Fitz (he is most definitely a fallible character), you can't help but feel his love, his wounds, his victories and his losses.
The characters. The depth of each character in this story is simply astounding. Even using the first person narrative, Hobb is able to create a whole host of realistically complex personalities.
The Fool is one of the best characters ever written. He is mysterious, comical, tragic, and heartwarming all at once.
If only there were enough hours in the day, I would listen to all three Farseer books without pause.
This is the third book of an epic fantacy that every fantacy fan must read. I gave it four stars only because I found the other two books to be slightly more enjoyable. This was mostly because the author led you up to the end in exquisite detail and them suddenly ended the story. The ending is complete, it just doesn't have the fullness of description and life that the rest of the story has. That said, this isstill one of the best stories I've ever encountered.
HOBB DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB IN THIS FINAL INSTALLMENT ON THE FARSEER TRIOLOGY. YOU GET A LONG TERM LOOK AT HOW THINGS SHAPED UP FOR HIM AND THE OTHER CHARACTERS. IF YOU'RE EXPECTING A HAPPILY EVER AFTER FOR EVERYONE YOU'LL BE DISAPPOINTED. AS I'VE SAID IN OTHER REVIEWS, THIS AIN'T NO FAIRY TALE.
BOEHMER DID AN EXCELLENT JOB HERE AS WELL AS THE OTHER TWO BOOKS.
THIS STORY IS ALSO FINE FOR YOUNG ADULTS. IT MAY BE TOO MUCH FOR YOUNGER THAN HIGH SCHOOL AGE KIDS BECAUSE OF THE ADULT LIFE SITUATIONS.
Very convoluted but fascinating storyline. Protagonist is a flawed hero but very well developed. Major criticism is that the royal court appears to be devoid of scribes, councillors and other civil servants. The author does a great job of drawing you in. Action packed, multiple attractive characters & lots of suspense. I love the wolf.
My wife heard bits and pieces of it. Enough to draw her in and she ended up downloading it and listening to it herself.
Do not forget to read the Tawny man sequels.
More than a book - it was an experience. I could actually feel the book - the story lingers in my memory like people I have known and places I have been. Great series!
The story is good, the narration well done, but it was all perhaps a bit too long. The length as such wasn't a problem; it's simply that it allowed the characters, specifically Fitz Chivalry, too much time to become tedious. After a while, Fitz's blinding stupidity seriously started to get on my nerves. I know not everyone can be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but Fitz's inability to grasp any concept or information not plainly spelled out for him becomes quite annoying, especially as the other characters make no effort to compensate for him. How they could possibly miss that the penny wasn't dropping for Fitz is beyond me, but somehow they do. It's a pity because it really did start to detract from the story and left the reader feeling let down. Somehow you just expect more from a story's hero than that, even if it is less realistic. There were also one or two other characters who I thought could have been written out because I never did quite see the point except to prolong the story, but that's just my opinion.
The story itself was entertaining and good, although somewhat predictable. There is, however, one twist at the end that I didn't see coming that was quite good and left a smile on my face. If you've read and liked the previous Farseer books this is a must but it isn't Hobb's best.