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The stunning conclusion to Robin Hobb's Fitz and the Fool trilogy, which began with Fool's Assassin and Fool's Quest.

More than 20 years ago, the first epic fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now New York Times best-selling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved characters in a novel of unsurpassed artistry that is sure to endure as one of the great masterworks of the genre.

Fitz's young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants, a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams - but just what part remains uncertain.

As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside - a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return.

For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer, too, able to shape the future. And though Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with - deadly with blades and poison and adept in Farseer magic. And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge.

©2017 Robin Hobb (P)2017 Random House Audio

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why does Althea sound like an 80 year old man?

other than Fitz and the young cast, many voices - especially female - tended to sound like crotchety old men, especially if there was any sort of accent added. every time Althea spoke, I focused on her voice and not what she said - even her mother sounds younger!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed in finish, gratuitous violence abounds

While the wrap up of the story didn't necessarily take a bad turn, I was disappointed in a couple of things. I'll be vague, so as not to give anything away.

I was sad that our main character who we have spent so much time with and come to know never seemed to get out of his obvious depression and find joy in life. He lived a defeated, struggle of a life and I don't feel that he ever found redemption or joy. Others may disagree, but after listening to all 9 books in a row, that is my feeling.

This book is VIOLENT. Graphic descriptions of child abuse and adult abuse permeate this book. We get it -- people were horrible. The constant recounting of evil, horrific abuse became gratuitous and grating. I would have skipped many sections if this book of I hadn't been listening to the audio version.

Overall, I feel let down and somewhat abandoned by this final volume. I don't think the characters were true to the spirit in which they were developed earlier. It's a dark end to what was an enjoyable story arc. It's too bad -- I was hoping to have a series I could enjoy again and again.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Heart wrenching

This was lovely pain. I listened at 2.0 double speed in helpless suspense and anxiety. I will never forget these characters and this world. Thank you Robin for making me laugh, rage, cry and care so much that it hurt. A satisfying unforseen end to a great series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A funeral to end a master piece.

There are few things that stirred such emotion as this series and more specifically this recording. There few words to convey such deep and unabating grief I felt towards the end. It was like losing a friend. Robin Hobb has once again outdone herself.The characters and their development during the book all culminated this glorious conclusion. Elliot Hill should feel proud of his rendering of the final book of this series. He brought alive the words as written while maintaining the emotions imparted therein. So long Fitz, Nighteyes, and The Fool; happy hunting.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Annoying. Did just make it passt 50%, returning.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have listened to all the other Farseer and thawnyman books, the were enjoyable although the shared the same negatives, but to a lesser degree.<br/><br/>It really bugs me when characters act contrary to their disposition, e.g Fitz should, because of his upbringing and training be able to spot a lot of the problems leading up to this book. <br/><br/>All the characters feel they are mistreated by the other characters. <br/><br/>I don't recall anyone feeling the were treated well....Most often the story is propelled because some character withelld information from their comrades. <br/>Sometimes they just keep secrets for the sake of messing things up, it seems. <br/>One would think that people such as Fitz and the Fool, having done so much of this thing in the past, would be able to mount the kind of operation they are undertaking and perhaps have the sense to actually talk with each other from time to time and perhaps make plans instead of moping around half the time.

What could Robin Hobb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Shortened it. <br/>It's a long way with not much to show<br/><br/>If Fitz and friends has a discussion in one location, they will have the exact same discussion two chapters hence in another location and so on.

Would you be willing to try another one of Elliot Hill’s performances?

Probably. <br/>Most of my issues with the narration is that the voices has been set in my mind by other narrators all ready. Perhaps I would have gone with other accents.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

It sure got me thinking on doing other things than listening to it.

Any additional comments?

No

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Sad Ending to a great Series

What did you love best about Assassin's Fate?

The destruction of whites island

What did you like best about this story?

How Fitz, the fool and Nighteyes are together forever.

What didn’t you like about Elliot Hill’s performance?

Worst all of his accents were off from all of the other books.

Any additional comments?

Some of the back story line was a bit skewed from previous books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fool's voice

I have read all the books by Robin Hobbs throughout the years but in paperbacks and e-book.This is the first time I tried this series on audio. Currently I am on chapter 7 and I am struggling to go on listening.
Fool's voice is very different from what he had sounded in my head when I'm reading the past books. The narrator made him sound like a wheezy, old man. He was like on the verge of death every time he speak. It was so hard to listen to him and it distracts me from fully enjoying the book. The other character's voices are good and I understand that they need to have different voices to distinguish who's who. But why, oh why does the Fool have the ugliest voice?? (cries)
Still, I'll hold out for a little longer and see if I will get used to it. Maybe I'll buy the physical book if I cannot stand his voice anymore.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic finish to an epic adventure...loved it

Robin Hobb , you have out done yourself. It was a non-stop emotional rollercoaster right down to the ending. Thank you for such a for sharing this tale with us. I enjoyed all of your books but Assassin's Fate takes the trophy. I would say why but I don't want to give away the plot points. READ these Books!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book. Better read.

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

Not likely. Most Hobb's books I have listened to multiple times. I just can't stand the voice used for the for the Fool or Amber. I find myself wincing and it distracts me from the story. Will read again.. Already have to be honest.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love all the characters in the book. Loved revisiting old friends.

What three words best describe Elliot Hill’s performance?

Overall performance is fine. Just voice does not match my mind's view of some of my favorite characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The ending I Listened to because could not read through the tears. Without spoilers not safe to drive vehicle while listening to last 3 hours.

Any additional comments?

Not sorry I bought the audible book. Love Robin Hobb, but glad I held off buying the first two audible books in this trilogy set. Have all three in Hardback and ebooks. When I revisit them won't be tempted to listen but will curl up with the physical books.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Oh, Fitz. probably the most satisfying ending I've ever seen in a series this long?

6 of 8 people found this review helpful