In this first book of the second trilogy of the Farseer saga, we walk into the self-imposed exiled life of FitzChilvary who is now known as Tom Badger..Show More »lock. He dreams of his Molly who is now happily married to another. He wonders where his beloved Fool is. And he has all but cut ties with the throne of Six Duchies and his mentor Chade. His wit bond wolf, Night Eyes, is still with him as is his adopted son, Hap. But he is never completely free of being needed by the monarchy and after fifteen years of a solitary life, his former life begins to encroach and he once again becomes the Catalyst.
Hobb carries us back into some details of the first trilogy and develops Fitz more. She also brings with it a new character - Prince Dutiful. She continues to carry us deeper into the magic of the Six Duchies and we are drawn back in much as Fitz is. As we are carried away into the newest plot to bring down the Farseer reign we once again become engrossed into the Six Duchies and its magic.
Hobb is an excellent story teller and we cannot help but love her characters. There are some exceptionally touching scenes and much emotion is stirred up within us because she develops the characters to the point where we become them.
Toward the end of this book I was in an airport and I texted my husband and wrote, "There are few things so embarrassing as to be in tears in an airport." The end of this book will bring you to these levels of emotion and the next thing you want to do is move right into the next book to see what happens next.
James Langton is an excellent narrator, but you do you have to get used to the Irish accent of Chade and the mispronunciation of some of the names of the characters. But these are small concessions to an otherwise good performance and excellent book.
Not much to say, other than enjoy your read. If the Narrator bothers you, don't worry. He grows on you over time. While not as excellent as Paul Boehm..Show More »er, the narrator manages to put his own interpertation on the characters in a way that does The Farseer Trilogy justice, while setting up The Tawny Man trilogy to be the wild ride that it is.
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 r..Show More »elationships. 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.
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 brot..Show More »herly 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."