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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
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Judith on 10-21-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Dragonfly on 05-29-17

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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4 out of 5 stars
By H L O'Doherty on 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.
but having a different male narrator is so distracting. I can't get passed it at all.
It has really ruined the continuation of the trilogy to the point where I can't listen to it any longer.
I am going to have to get the book on kindle and read it for myself.
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.
I am really dissapointed that audible didn't get the same male narrator for this reading.

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vincent on 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.
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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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rosanna on 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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