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.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
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!!
The assassin's quest was a good ending to the trilogy. I felt like I got a solid answer to my pending questions I had throughout the trilogy. Overall I feel like the characters were relatable and got the endings they deserved. however the end battle did not keep me on my toes, drooling for more, but I am Ok worth that.
The story was, best put, a fantastic mess. But I believe that's some of the charm of it. The main character had me on the edge of my seat for most of the story, whether because of the events unfolding around him or because he is a doofus and tends to make poor decisions, with little to no thought put into them. Not how I would've written it but entertaining nonetheless. The delivery though was impeccable, one of the better I've heard although it was at the end hard to distinguish between grown Fitz & Verity's voice I felt.
Great story, but I almost wish I could have listened to an abridged copy. My wife complained I kept her awake at night while I tried to finish the story. The ending was appropriate but bittersweet.
The more I get into the books, the more the covers bother me. Hobb deserves a publisher that cares about the artwork. Not some crap that was put together by a hack who hasn't a clue what the book was about.
book one was entertaining. Book two was depressing, and nothing more than a set up for book three. Book three was 35 chapters of slow moving build up, 5 chapters of action, and one chapter of wistful finale.