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.
“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.
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.
Despite my thorough disappointment at the first two books, I completed this series on a recommendation. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...
Needless to say, there was no payoff in the end.
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.
It was a good series from beginning to end, although there were one or two things that made me roll my eyes and go "Yes, yes...tortured soul...I got the gist...move on with the plot please". I really wished it had turned out differently at the end, or maybe I just wanted more resolution? I will tell people to check out this series. Do I think it holds up to Robert Jordan or George RR Martin? Not quite, but I enjoyed it all the same. Paul Boehmer is one of my favorite Narrators, so no complaints there at all!
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
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.
This a great stroy. If you are a fan of "Game of Thrones" you will love this. Palace intrigue, sword play, secret assassins.....you will be drawn in. Great narrrator....voice changes without going over the top. I am waiting for book 4 now.
Good continuation from the first 2 books.
His accent, and ability to give each charater their own personality and voice.
yes. have a hard time shutting it off