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Fool's Fate: The Tawny Man, Book 3 | [Robin Hobb]

Fool's Fate: The Tawny Man, Book 3

FitzChivalry Farseer has become firmly ensconced in the queen’s court. Along with his mentor, Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, Fitz strives to aid Prince Dutiful on a quest that could secure peace with the Outislands - and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania. The Narcheska has set the prince an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice on the isle of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support their effort. Are there darker forces at work behind Elliana’s demand?
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FitzChivalry Farseer has become firmly ensconced in the queen’s court. Along with his mentor, Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, Fitz strives to aid Prince Dutiful on a quest that could secure peace with the Outislands - and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania.

The Narcheska has set the prince an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice on the isle of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support their effort. Are there darker forces at work behind Elliana’s demand? Knowing that the Fool has foretold he will die on the island of ice, Fitz plots to leave his dearest friend behind. But fate cannot so easily be defied.

©2004 Robin Hobb (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Lisa Hines Central Florida 09-19-14
    Lisa Hines Central Florida 09-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Review: The Tawny Man #3: Fool's Fate"
    If you could sum up Fool's Fate in three words, what would they be?

    Beware self-fulfilling prophecy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Oh this was a tough story - the loss of Nighteyes is still troublesome. The loss of some pivotal characters was heartbreaking, and while necessary to the plot, no less easier to bear. Fitz's efforts to save the Fool were probably the most bittersweet moments for me.


    Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - the previous two books in this series. He is a slipping genius. His accents/character voices cover the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and is such a pleasure to listen to. I will definitely be looking for more narrations/performances by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    FitzChivalry and the Fool's goodbye scene(s). They were heartbreaking and endearing in turns.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    GLENNO 08-16-14
    GLENNO 08-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "A triumphant ending to the trilogy!"

    This is a story of pain, of adventure, of intrigue and, ultimately, of love. Love of country, love of monarch, familial love, romantic love and brotherly love. Most especially love between the closest of friends. A fateful connection binds these two friends. It's a relationship all at once heart-rending and tender, pleasing and difficult.

    This book has most of the characters that we have come to love in these two book series, as the life of FitzChivalry Farseer comes to a triumphal climax. All six books in the Fitz series are well worth reading and wonderfully narrated.

    This trilogy is read by James Langton and he comes as close to the most excellent reading of the first series by Paul Boehmer as I could have hoped. He always portrays the character with just the right level of emotion.

    Well done Robin Hobb! I'm looking forward to a great experience with the next Fitz trilogy that begins with "Fool's Assassin."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Curry Goodyear, AZ USA 08-25-14
    Steve Curry Goodyear, AZ USA 08-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the great fantasy series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fool's Fate to be better than the print version?

    I think I would consider it better. James Langton did an outstanding job narrating the book!


    What other book might you compare Fool's Fate to and why?

    I consider the Fitz books in the top 10 of fantasy epics. I was very pleased to see the Tawny Man trilogy released as audiobooks! I've read the hardcopy books twice and have now gone through the six (7) audiobooks. One of my favorites!


    Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His range of voices, accents and inflections are masterful! Langton brings each character to life.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 10-28-14
    Tara 10-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't waste your time."
    Would you try another book from Robin Hobb and/or James Langton?

    James Langton’s narrative style is excellent. I would read another book narrated by him. However, the Robin Hobb’s story is cumbersome and lacklustered. Never again will I waste my time on reading her books.


    What was most disappointing about Robin Hobb’s story?

    I used to think Hobb was a great author, be it she did use a tad bit too much repetition. However, this book has made me reconsider any auccolades I’ve given to her in the past. The third book should really be called the “The Babysitting of Thicke.” It seems that a majority of the book is spent worrying, taking care of, and teaching the so-called ‘half-wit’ who has more trouble travelling than any real person. Half way through the book, the aggravation of wanting the story to move past Thicke’s seasickness, his outcaste status, and the complaining of Fitz to this matter grates on your pscyhe. The reader is very good and perhaps that is why you feel even more annoyance any time you hear Thicke’s voice. If Hobb was trying to win any sympathies towards a disabled character, she fails miserably by casting him as a petulant, moaning imbecile. Not to mention the number of times she summarizes the entire last six books again and again! It’s just too much, and makes me wonder if she really had any relevant plot to share. The amount of fluff and filler is unbearable. It just drags on and on, and Fitz’s constant nagging and inability to communicate is just plain ridiculous and childish. Hobb has lessened Fitz to a feable character rather than the hero a reader would expect. If one wants to lament his or her own life, and be in a state of depression, they should read this book. Else, after the first trilogy, just don’t waste your time reading or listening to the second trilogy. The character development in this book is weak especially for Elliania who to the very end comes off a whiny child not fit to ever been a queen. And with this book I end any desire to keep reading Hobb books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene which actually contributed to the story. These are few and far in between.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The tales of Fitz Chivalry started off well, but this book has dwindled him to a grovelling servant and so, no, there are no redeeming qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    To anyone who is thinking of venturing out and reading this trilogy -- just stay away. It's horrible.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 03-05-15
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Tom Badagerlock, and the fool and dragons"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fool's Fate to be better than the print version?

    I can only listen to the audio and can't see how the printed book could be near as interesting as the well read audio


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fool's Fate?

    Too many to count the highs and lows were never far away


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    Mr Langton has a very professional voice and his ability to make the characters come alive give the book a read that is very pleasant to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, Mr Hodd keeps the book moving with one part high and then a low followed by a high that makes so many secenes to pick just one.


    Any additional comments?

    I read these out of sequence, and look forward to the next set, with Tom finding his daughter, enjoyable reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria A. Ruvalcaba 02-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mesmerizing!"

    I could not stop listening. Really! This is worth hearing/reading. I miss the fool. But, I'm happy Fitz found his way back to Molly's heart.

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    Roger Burlington, Ontario, Canada 02-22-15
    Roger Burlington, Ontario, Canada 02-22-15 Member Since 2006
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    "So good, worth an immediate re-listen"

    By far my most favorite series in a long time.. Highly recommend.. The performance was excellent. The story never predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron United States 02-22-15
    Cameron United States 02-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Well done!!"

    Great story telling. Great narrator and an excellent trilogy. You could read the Tawny man trilogy on it own and the reflective narrative explains enough to keep you informed. That is what I have done and instead of feeling uniformed or that the information given spoils the previous stories, the opposite is true. It's only made me want to explore more of Hobb's world. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    diane 02-19-15
    diane 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this"

    Loved this series.

    Beautifully written and loved the speaker.
    Would recommend this series to everyone I know who loves fiction novels.

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    Rosa 02-17-15
    Rosa 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good narration"

    If you've made it this far in the Fitz _Fool stories then you are a fan of Robin Hobb. James Langton does a good job of varying accents without being campy or distracting from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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