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Publisher's Summary

The much-anticipated final conclusion to the Fitz and the Fool trilogy.

Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter, Bee, was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river.

Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four, not only for the loss of Bee but also for their torture of the Fool. Accompanied by FitzVigilant, son of the assassin Chade; Chade's protégé, Spark; and the stableboy Perseverance, Bee's only friend, their journey will take them from the Elderling city of Kelsingra, down the perilous Rain Wild River and on to the Pirate Isles. Their mission for revenge will become a voyage of discovery as well as of reunions, transformations and heartrending shocks.

Startling answers to old mysteries are revealed. What became of the liveships Paragon and Vivacia and their crews? What is the origin of the Others and their eerie beach? How are liveships and dragons connected?

But Fitz and his followers are not the only ones with a deadly grudge against the Four. An ancient wrong will bring them unlikely and dangerous allies in their quest. And if the corrupt society of Clerres is to be brought down, Fitz and the Fool will have to make a series of profound and fateful sacrifices.

©2017 Robin Hobb (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Fantasy as it ought to be written...Hobb's books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)
"Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination." (Conn Iggulden)
"Robin Hobb's secret is not just the detail with which she depicts the Six Duchies world she has explored over 20 years...the feelings of anguish, ambiguity, fear and failure are as familiar as those in a novel by Jonathan Franzen." (Independent)
"A little slice of heaven." (Guardian)
"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers...what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." (The Times)

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Great book spoiled by reader

Let me be clear, Avita Jay is fabulous as a reader for this book, telling the story from the perspective of Bee and other characters in her part f the story. The reader for books 10 and 11 for the voice of Fitz Chivalry was Lee Maxwell-Simpson who personified that character for me and who read with empathy and intelligence for that and all the other characters. I could listen t his reading all day and am only sorry he does not seem to have read more books as I would probably buy them for that reason alone. I am particularly disappointed by the reader of book 12, this one, who is David Thorpe. I don't think Mr Thorpe ever bothered to listen to any of the previous books in this series. He is poor at different voices and it is often difficult to tell who is speaking. He has a bombastic and flat manner of speaking turning most of the characters into annoyingly loud boors. Worse when he gives the reading any inflection it is inaccurate and often wrong and he frequently emphasises the wrong words. He is reading a book, somewhat poorly, rather than embodying the characters. The most comical and annoying is his reference to the "LIV" ships. No Mr Thorpe they are LIVE ships it is not a verb it is a noun! I have waited so long for this book and I really want to know the story but my pleasure in it has been diminished by his poor rendition. If I was Robin Hobb I would not be happy about it at all.

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So brilliantly written, a masterpiece. 5 stars is not enough!

I completely and utterly enjoyed Assassin's Fate and all of the other books in Fitz and Fool's journey. This is an enthralling masterpiece which I did not want to end ( I cried when it did).
5 stars is given out freely these days. I wish their was something else for books this wonderful!
David Thorpe's Narration was no where as good as Lee Maxwell- Simpson's. It was disappointing to have the change in narrator. Particularly grating was the the liveships being called "Liv" ships.
My thanks to Robin Hobb for this carefully crafted work of art.
The ending leaves one feeling that another adventure is just beginning. I do SO hope that it is!!!

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Narrator did his best to try and ruin it!

If you could sum up Assassin's Fate in three words, what would they be?

Loved it.

How could the performance have been better?

I wish the same male narrator had been used. David Thorpe did his best to ruin it all, trivialising characters and overdramatising, at times shouting, he just made it all so wrong. His pronunciation was appalling - Live ships became liv ships, Per became pear and there were others, I was really so disappointed in his narration.

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Simply amazing

What an ending to a great story. I feared that I would not be satisfied but I was wrong. It all came together! Chapter 48 was very emotional couldn't stop crying 😭, bittersweet though. Thank you Robin Hobb, you're legendary!!!

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  • Vincent
  • 05-18-17

Narration is disjointed, changing characters

Would you be willing to try another one of Avita Jay and David Thorpe ’s performances?

Avita Jay does Bee very well.<br/>I feel that David Thorpe should have listened to the other narrators - his changing Live Ships to Liv Ships is irritating. He has also made loved characters sound petty, Althea in particular.

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  • H L O'Doherty
  • 05-18-17

Not having the same male narrator is SO jarring.

How could the performance have been better?

I have waited so long for this, desperate to know what happens to Bee and Fitz. <br/>but having a different male narrator is so distracting. I can't get passed it at all. <br/>It has really ruined the continuation of the trilogy to the point where I can't listen to it any longer. <br/>I am going to have to get the book on kindle and read it for myself.<br/>I don't think the narrator is "bad", he just isn't the right person. some of the voices he does for the characters are so different from the previous narrators voices that it makes the characters seem like entirely different people. <br/>I am really dissapointed that audible didn't get the same male narrator for this reading.

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I love Robin Hobb, I am sure that this story will have a thrilling and exciting conclusion, with much drama in between, but for now I have to stop listening because the new male narrator is ruining it for me.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Anita
  • 05-20-17

Change of narrator !!!

David Thorpe is an excellent narrator just not for this book. The main characters are completely changed by his narration and the mispronounced live ships is a constant irritation. Robin Hobb 's final book in the series is great as usual and well deserves 5 stars.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • LisaB7
  • 06-21-17

Live ships not liv!

Would you listen to Assassin's Fate again? Why?

I've really loved these books but in this one the narrator pronouncing Live as liv (rhymes with give) is driving me crazy

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Avita Jay and David Thorpe ?

Someone who has some knowledge of the story and not spoil the characters. It's a shame the same person (man) couldn't/wouldn't narrate this last one

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  • M. Casperd
  • 05-17-17

Beware, they've changed the male narrator !

Would you consider the audio edition of Assassin's Fate to be better than the print version?

No

What didn’t you like about Avita Jay and David Thorpe ’s performance?

I find it very hard to adjust to David Thorpe, I'm going have to revert to reading rather than listening to this eagerly awaited story. He reads the Peter James Roy Grace books and hasn't changed his voice at all for this reading

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It could be bigger the Game of Thrones! Not sure what a tag line is

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Martin
  • 06-08-17

Brilliant end for the Fitz and the Fool

Without any spoilers I really enjoyed this last part of the Fitz and Fool stories.
Bringing the Live ships into story was great to have them again (apart from the narrator always said "live" as in I live here but in previous audio books it was pronounced like in the word "alive".
Very sad at the end and think something may have got in my eye as there were tears there.
Glad I have read all the books in the series but as always with long sagas very sad it is finished

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tr4owner
  • 06-08-17

Glad its over

Plot line based on ridiculous coincidences and events. Far too long and full of repetition. Struggled to finish by jumping sections. Its as if the author got bored and looked for weirdest way to finish off the main characters.
Naration the worst of the whole series. Please explain to the reader that liveship means its alive so please pronounce it like alive, as did all previous readers.

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  • Marc H
  • 08-15-17

Brilliant, just brilliant.

This is the strongest part of the final trilogy and it's utterly brilliant.

I have to say I think David Thorpe does a brilliant job of the new Fitz narration - by the end of the book I think he steals the show. It was irritating at first but once you adjust then he just drew me in. The emotion he conveys in the final part with Fitz/Nighteyes/Fool combo was just so totally convincing it added another level to the power of an audiobook. That's my view anyway.

But it's Robin's writing that wins. By the end I had tears in my eyes as she managed to conclude the Fitz/Fool saga so brilliantly- perhaps the best on any saga. By that I mean I was totally satisfied and felt fulfilled by the time the ending came.

Make sure you read all the Fitz trilogies before this though otherwise it's just won't have the same impact.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • HJ
  • 07-02-17

new narrator..

someone else commented on this and before buying I thought pah! people can be so dramatic. but I was wrong. there is nothing at fault with the narrator except he is different and the voices are "wrong" but perhaps more annoyingly, so too is some of the pronunciation... if you've not heard the other books as audio there are no problems. fantastic book, well narrated just not quite right...

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  • Samantha Rowley
  • 06-28-17

The narrator cannot read!

What did you like most about Assassin's Fate?

Still listening to it. Love it so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The male narrator's pronunciation is so irritating it is spoiling it.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Avita Jay and David Thorpe ?

Avita was wonderful, I would not change her but you should have kept any of the other male narrators, not Thorpe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-17

Annoying Performance

The series is awesome and I am loving the familiar characters that you get to meet again as the book goes on.

But, the performance is terrible. The male narrator has a very grating voice and makes everyone seem like they are 2 drinks away from hammered. The female narrator was the only saving grace of the performance, and was great at keeping each characters voice. But every time the male voice came, it was REALLY disappointing.

The only reason I continued listening was to get my credits worth.

Should have bought the book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rose
  • 10-17-17

I will miss them so...

A rather long meandering end to Fitz and the Fool. If it wasn't for Bee I wouldn't have bothered, Fitz and the Fool are just so annoying, but I had to see it through, we've been friends for too long, I had to know what happened.

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  • Rosanna
  • 08-12-17

A deeply moving conclusion!

Wonderful conclusion to the story of my favourite characters . So many feels. I am speechless, except to say that I am deeply moved. I can only count two authors who have ever written characters with whom I have felt a deep connection to, but Robin Hobb has gone beyond this with her creation of Fitz and Beloved. So human with all their flaws and failings, but yet so full of heart and strength. I don't think anyone could read their tale from start to finish and not be a changed person by the end of it. Magical!

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  • Jay
  • 07-07-17

Top notch

An excellent conclusion to the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. I did find it a shame that the male narrator changed in this final book, But that would be its only failing and David Thorpe did have me as the book neared its end.

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  • Jenifer
  • 07-03-17

Couldn't finish it.....😩

What disappointed you about Assassin's Fate?

Boring and too long. New narrator didn't help either.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Hobb again?

Perhaps.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Avita Jay and David Thorpe ?

Go back to Lee Maxwell who narrated book 1 and 2.

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  • j
  • 05-29-17

Fantastic.

The story was a wonderful and heart breaking continuation of the Farseer story.
Both narrators did such a good job. Highly recommend.

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  • Cary
  • 12-11-17

Sadly I didn't love it. And a screech fault.

This book seemed drawn out. I sped up the man's reading because I didn't care for it much. I liked the female narrator.

But there is a horrible screeching noise about an hour and twenty minutes before the end. Timer says 43.36 Made me jump out of my skin. Like, what is it called "back feed" from microphone?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-17

I love these characters!

I will always and forever love and remember these books. I'm sad its over but I am so glad to recommended this to any and everyone who wants a great adventurous , fun, and emotional ride. It will leave you in tears and also on the floor laughing. Thanks you robin hobb for writing these beautiful novels. I'm looking forward to what you have in store next.

We are pack!

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  • Lisa Mattas Estreich
  • 09-11-17

Fabulous!

Well crafted, entertaining and insightful series examining our life experiences with affection, forgiveness and courage. Very inspiring.
Would make a wonderful TV series with all the rich details (too rich and complex for a movie format production). Beautifully performed.
The best story I have read for many years!

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  • Jillian
  • 09-08-17

Enthralling

I loved it and how it finished well not leaving any loose ends and yet making it so if she wished she could make another story using those characters.