FitzChivalry Farseer has become firmly ensconced in the queen’s court. Along with his mentor, Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, Fitz strives to aid Prince Dutiful on a quest that could secure peace with the Outislands—and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania.
The Narcheska has set the prince an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice on the isle of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support their effort. Are there darker forces at work behind Elliania’s demand? Knowing that the Fool has foretold he will die on the island of ice, Fitz plots to leave his dearest friend behind. But fate cannot so easily be defied.
“A small pebble can turn a wheel out of its path, he told me, but warned me that it was seldom a pleasant experience for the pebble.”
Fool’s Fate is Robin Hobb’s best book yet. I don’t understand how she took the events of Assassin’s Quest, 6 whole books ago now, and turned them into this book. Into this ending! Every single book written to date played into this ending. And I just don’t understand. I read every book. I read every word. And now we’re here, and I’m just so confused at this perfect payoff. Wow.
This was everything I expected and wanted it to be. I’ve been struggling to put the feelings I have for this book together inside me. There is just so much going on. The slowness and setup of the previous book was all completely justified by the end of Fool’s Fate. I don’t know where the Realm of the Elderlings will go from here, but I have some Hopes and Dreams.
The way Hobb manages to tie everything together the way she does is unreal. The worldbuilding is unreal. I thought I was shocked at what happened to the world and me in Liveship Traders. I just didn’t know what was in store for me in Fool’s Fate. She is the master at creating a world where I simultaneously want to live in it and not. It just feels so real.
Fitz, however, is still my loveable idiot I would desperately love to strangle. How? How is this idiot so..so…idiotic! How is he so perfect for me to read?! How has he not died through his own stupidity? Fitz. Buddy. Please. My heart can’t take this any longer.
Throughout the book, and even throughout the series. There has been something happening. Something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. At first, I couldn’t figure out where it was going at all. I wondered why we were being showed these things we had been shown. It was interesting, but not quite what I always expected.
Then I learned more, especially in the previous book. And I was sure I knew what was up. As a reader I’m very cocksure in the personal theories I have in my head. We learned a few little pieces and I was like “alright! I got this! Awesome series, Robin Hobb!”
I should have learned by now.
Because the ending to the Tawny Man trilogy was just amazing. And perfect. And I feel like I’m repeating myself, but just how did Robin Hobb pull this off? I don’t understand. All I know is I love it.
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