From an extraordinary voice in fantasy comes the stunning conclusion to the Farseer Trilogy, as FitzChivalry confronts his destiny as the catalyst who holds the fate of the kingdom of the Six Duchies...and the world itself.
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies. But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him - currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was.
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"An enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama." (Kirkus)
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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.
Hobb's action scenes are so good you want to rush on to the next one, but she doesn't let you. At the same time you start getting impatient with her attention to everyday details in the lives and emotions of her characters, you start to realize how deeply she has sucked you into their world. She gives such an insightful and honest look into how people respond to situations from their own and usually selfish perspective. She not only represents her human characters in all their self centered detail, but her knowledge and characterization of the wolf shows how much time she has spent around dogs, right down to the way their feet splay when they stretch. I had to make myself slow down and really relish her pace through the story. This was true of all three of the books in this trilogy.
This whole series was good. A few Exclamations of "Oh get on with it!" or "you already explained that twice" (the author likes to go back a reiterate major plot points,,, repeatedly.)
However the plot was very entertaining and well conceived. I always dislike when the author makes the main character blissfully ignorant in order to conceal plot, when it is painfully obvious. This happens a few times but not overly so.
The Narration was masterful.
Book 3 did not disappoint; on to the adventures of the ships and the Bingtown intrigue.
I could not believe how bad this book was. Should have stopped after the first one. Hours and hours of self pity for Fits. Meaningless adventures and characters. Please save your time and move on to a new series.
Really enjoy the creative imagination Robin Hobb. I'm a truck driver so I am always looking for a long story that keeps me intrigued. Excited that another trilogy follows because I love these characters.
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There are so many memorable and fantastic characters in this story. My only gripe is that the antagonists are more one dimensional (but still believable). I would say Kettle is a fantastic and deep character.
Exploring the mountain trails is the best part of this book. Everything is so surreal from the city through the pillar to the stone garden and quarry.
There are some tearjerking moments in this one. The author is very skilled at creating real empathy for the characters.
If you enjoyed the first two in the trilogy I can see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy this one as well.
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