Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin.
Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne: that he, like Fitz, possesses the dread "beast magic." Only Fitz’s friendship with the Fool brings him solace. But even that is shattered when devastating revelations from the Fool’s past are exposed. Bereft of support and adrift in intrigue, Fitz finds that his biggest challenge may be simply to survive.
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"Fantasy as it ought to be written.… Robin Hobb's books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.” (George R. R. Martin)
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
This question is hard for this book. It really depends on what type of book you like. It ranks in the top 20 for character development and character relationships. But if you looking for a action packed adventure this is not it. The story is written well and if you like the Farseer Trilogy you going to like or even love this book.
Well its a bit beat up. But as usual Poor Fitz hits rock bottom. And the ending is where everything gets back to normal. Kind of finding a pattern in Robins writing.
James is a great narrator. He is a strong four star. The fools voice is my favorite. Being as he kind of has to do a unisex voice, I find it amusing.
I would stick with the book tittle on this one. Golden Fool
Its a must read if you love Fitzchivalry Farseer. I could see some who are use to a action packed novel not liking this kind of writing.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
A MINUTE OR HALF A YEAR, I CAN SCARCELY TELL WHICH
This is not the Robin Hobb, I fell in love with. No wonderful magic and heart wrenching conflict as in Liveship Traders. No dragons with complicated personalities, as in Rainwild Chronicles. No, empathy for a coming of age boy with a weight problem, as in Solider Son. No empathy for a coming of age bastard boy as in Farseer. There is a reason these books are a fraction of the cost of her other great and unforgettable series. After struggling through Fool's Errand, I let this one go after 4 and a half hours. The first time I have ever given up on one of my favorite authors, Robin Hobb. Ths most exciting part of the first four and half hours was a dance, in which everybody who shows up is described in excruciating detail, clothes, heritage, and disposition. With a 4.6 rating it is loved by some, mostly those who are happy with hearing how Fritz walks down a street. Nothing wrong with that, just not for me.
Maybe it is series fatigue but Fitz just makes so many of the same mistakes and is a "woe is me" character. I'll read the third book, but it might be a year long break between.
Not the genre, but this series itself is really starting to wear on my soul. Seriously, she just doesn't know how to write a good story in my opinion.
I've listened to the first book in this series that her narrated. His performance is just fine, I have no issue with how he told this story, my issue is with the story itself.
No, no it was not. 21 freaking hours that could've been distilled down to about 8. Robin Hobb has WAY too much filler and descriptive text in her stories. Hours and hours of just telling me how Fitz feels about something, a something that she's ALREADY told me about. I already KNOW that Fitz is hesitant to interact with Nettle. You don't have to have 3 different Skill/Dream sequences of her in this book repeating this fact. YOU ALREADY POINTED THIS OUT IN THE LAST BOOK. Stop wasting page time repeating plot points you've already hammered home multiple times.
I really don't understand. Robin Hobb seems to think that the only way to have a heroic character, is to have him be depressed and pathetic all the time. Seriously, Fitz has never got anything good going on. He's depressed about how his son is behaving, he's depressed about everything. I could ramble and list them by point, but it would make this a huge post, and I'd rather keep it concise.
Basically, every plot point in FItz's life is terrible. He's terrible to his one true friend, and apparently almost violently homophobic for no real reason that is explained. He just...is. He stumbles through everything like an idiot, avoiding actually doing anything until he's basically forced into it by events. And then he whines about how terrible his life is, and how events work against him. Well yes you idiot, you avoid any responsibility for your actions, and avoid trying to involve yourself in anything in a way that might make it better. He hides from his children, thinking somehow that if he just ignores them, they will be fine. He ruins the one friendship he does have. He lets characters walk all over him. It gets so bad in fact, that Robin points it out in the story several times. One character calls him pathetic (which he is, though not for the reason she said), another chastises him for taking personal responsibility for everything that goes wrong around him, because he's just a moody prick that way.
When the author herself points out how pathetic and moody her own character is, I can't help but agree, but I also can't find any energy to give a crap for his problems, since they are all self-inflicted. The one time something actually improves for him, the ONE TIME, something else gets even worse, and for no reason whatsoever. One character that was perfectly fine with him, suddenly becomes super suspicious of him for no good reason. It's like the author just refuses to have anything positive happening for Fitz. She had this problem in the first trilogy of him, and it was terrible. Apparently this series is more of the same.
I really am angry with this series, but I can't seem to stop listening, because like and idiot, I keep hoping it will get better. I keep hoping I will eventually care about what's happening, but I am afraid I will be disappointed like the last trilogy.
I would give this a five if author had found a plausible resting place. This makes me worry about starting the next book in case there is a similar unsatisfactory halt to the book. Especially as the next book is the last available. The moralising and political tendencies of the writing are well incorporated into the story telling and become quite inoffensive.
Basically it is so well written and told it rises above these annoyances.. and however much I complain it is a great listen/read.
Story is a great continuation from previous novels. The narrator does a good job of differentiating between characters with appropriate voices in dialogue. Inflections and emotion in both narration and dialogue are good and engaging, but nothing special.
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