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 Elliana’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.
"Fantasy as it ought to be written.… Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)
"[Robin] Hobb’s rich, vibrant and unique world [is] filled with sentient ships, magical beasts, and fascinating characters.… Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
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The Boring Years Part 3
- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."
Don't waste your time.
James Langton’s narrative style is excellent. I would read another book narrated by him. However, the Robin Hobb’s story is cumbersome and lacklustered. Never again will I waste my time on reading her books.
I used to think Hobb was a great author, be it she did use a tad bit too much repetition. However, this book has made me reconsider any auccolades I’ve given to her in the past. The third book should really be called the “The Babysitting of Thicke.” It seems that a majority of the book is spent worrying, taking care of, and teaching the so-called ‘half-wit’ who has more trouble travelling than any real person. Half way through the book, the aggravation of wanting the story to move past Thicke’s seasickness, his outcaste status, and the complaining of Fitz to this matter grates on your pscyhe. The reader is very good and perhaps that is why you feel even more annoyance any time you hear Thicke’s voice. If Hobb was trying to win any sympathies towards a disabled character, she fails miserably by casting him as a petulant, moaning imbecile. Not to mention the number of times she summarizes the entire last six books again and again! It’s just too much, and makes me wonder if she really had any relevant plot to share. The amount of fluff and filler is unbearable. It just drags on and on, and Fitz’s constant nagging and inability to communicate is just plain ridiculous and childish. Hobb has lessened Fitz to a feable character rather than the hero a reader would expect. If one wants to lament his or her own life, and be in a state of depression, they should read this book. Else, after the first trilogy, just don’t waste your time reading or listening to the second trilogy. The character development in this book is weak especially for Elliania who to the very end comes off a whiny child not fit to ever been a queen. And with this book I end any desire to keep reading Hobb books.
Any scene which actually contributed to the story. These are few and far in between.
The tales of Fitz Chivalry started off well, but this book has dwindled him to a grovelling servant and so, no, there are no redeeming qualities.
To anyone who is thinking of venturing out and reading this trilogy -- just stay away. It's horrible.