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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.
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By John on 05-29-17
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.
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.
All the characters feel they are mistreated by the other characters.
I don't recall anyone feeling the were treated well....Most often the story is propelled because some character withelld information from their comrades.
Sometimes they just keep secrets for the sake of messing things up, it seems.
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?
It's a long way with not much to show
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?
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?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Carleigh P. on 05-19-17
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.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful