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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©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
"An enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama." (Kirkus)
So you've read the first two books of The Assassin's Apprentice and you come to the third. But this tome is an epic in its own right. And Fitz has the most insecure inner dialogue of any male ever. So Hobb narrates every step of every mile while Fitz worries and worries and the wolf provides the only wisdom. Meantime a pretty good story is told until the end. But the end is an afterthought only, as if, once Fitz settles his mind, nothing much matters and the story is finished in broad strokes quickly.
Narration is rich with expression, but often inaccurate reads left me translating. All in all, entertaining but not quite masterful.
Good enough for me to pursue more in the series, though.
I have gone from really liking the protagonist, to wishing he would hurry up and die. The series has become an old woman's preaching on the brashness of male youth. unreadable garbage.
I just got through the Farseer series. It is very well written and a fun story to follow. It is easy to fall in love with the characters. The narrator is also quite good. It is a must read/listen if you like fantasy.
Hobbs gives another wookie-cry-face-story witha reasonably settled ending,but I'm thrilled about The Tawny Man Trilogy.
I'm a Teen Services librarian at a Public Library. I love fantasy, history, realistic fiction, memoirs, sci-fi, and YA fiction/fantasy.
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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