The characters, Ms. Hobb has created a great group of living, breathing, flawed, and unforgettable characters.
Trying to pick a favorite character between Fitz and Fool and Nighteyes is like having to decide which child is your favorite, to pick one is impossible.
He does a great job, he doesn't over power the story with his voice, he brings it to life. Not once I did think about the narrator as anything separate from the story.
Impossible to say without spoiling the story for others
Please bring the Tawny Man series to Audible.
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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.
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.
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.
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Excellent world building and characterization. This is the best book of the trilogy. It seemed as if the author took a long time to move her characters to their destiny.
Having read this series by R Hobb years ago, I was surprised at how much Paul Boehmer lent to the story itself. It is a multi-layered tale given voice by a master narrator. I will look for other books he has voiced as well.
It's a long book with a very slow and tedious beginning. I don't know how many times I almost returned the book, but I am very glad I didn't give up on it. The last 2/3 of the book is actually really good! A fitting conclusion to the series.
With so many threads I thought many times that I could see which way the weaving would lead. I was always wrong, but never felt cheated. In so many ways, this trilogy exceeded my hopes in a way no book or set of books ever has.
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When you "live" with a trilogy for over 84 hrs and it's wonderfully well done, several things happen: you become almost intimate with the primary characters and you care about them; the narrator becomes the color and texture of your experience; and you find a temporary hole in your day when the trilogy ends. All of these outcomes were true for me with the Farseer Trilogy.
This is a story of a coming of age for a young fatherless boy. He searches for and finds family, relationships and purpose throughout these books. And just to kick the experience into high gear, it is all set against a fantasy world with real villains (worthy of your fear and enmity) and magic. If you are an animal lover you will be captivated by Fitz's kinship with his wolf. The story is filled with drama and a reasonable amount of action. Not all the outcomes are happy and the protagonists don't always realize their desired outcomes -- which just serves to make the story the more real to the listener.
None of the books standalone terribly well; the 2nd and 3rd installments definitely need to be heard with the context that is set in the 1rst book. This 3rd book suffers just a touch by a slowness in the middle. However that is more than remedied by fast, furious and magical action in the last few chapters to bring the story to a rousing close. As a tease: I recommend paying particular attention to the dragons in this book.
Of special note: Paul Boehmer does a superb job on the narration. He is one of the few male narrators that does a great job of giving voice to the women of the story. In my mind, he made this series flow beautifully, I'm sorry that he isn't the narrator of the next series. But will that stop me from immediately diving into the next trilogy featuring these characters? Absolutely not!!