More than twenty 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 bestselling 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.
- Fool’s Assassin (My Review)
- Fool’s Quest
- Assassin’s Fate
I always find it really hard to write a review about the last part of a series. Especially with this one, as it’s the conclusion of about 15 books in total… I try to not go into too much detail and not give away important spoilers.
So before I start, some important information: In order to thoroughly enjoy this trilogy, you have to read all of Hobb’s other trilogies first, which are the first and second Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders and the Rainwild Chronicles.
There are some short explanations on what’s up with the Liveships and who certain characters are.. But on the one hand it takes away from reading the previous books because every secret is already revealed and on the other hand, you just won’t get every connection.
Reading this book made me aware of how well the whole Realm of the Elderlings is connected. Everything fits together and makes sense and things from the start of the Farseer Trilogy become relevant again. There’s lots of flashbacks as well, that made me a bit emotional. If you are with the characters for 16 books and they are so well presented and fleshed out, you can’t help it.
Although this is the Fitz & Fool trilogy, it is more Bee’s book as well as the Dragons’. Bee’s development is scary and amazing at the same time. She became one of my favourite characters, which is a surprise because although I liked reading her perspective in the first 2 books, I always couldn’t wait to be back with Fitz & Fool. She went through a whole lot of pain and trouble, but never gave up and she even had someone special to help her along the way…
I love Hobb’s dragons and was happy to see almost all of them make a cameo or even have bigger roles.
It was all I could have wished for, the ending was bittersweet and made me cry, but I couldn’t see it end differently.
I finished this book faster than I thought. I wanted to take some more time to enjoy it, but I mostly I couldn’t stop reading.
Fitz is still Fitz though and made me mad. The Fool as well. And let’s not even talk about Nettle, I can’t stand Nettle.
In a lot of way, this is a journey through all of Hobb’s books. If the group of characters were a rock band, this would be their last tour.. But maybe they’ll come back for an encore?