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Fool’s Fate (The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3) Paperback – July 31, 2014
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'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. Martin
The thrilling conclusion to Robin Hobb’s Tawny Man trilogy.
Kingdoms will stand or fall on the beat of a dragon’s wings, or a Fool’s heart.
Prince Dutiful has been charged with a quest to the Outisland to take the head of the black dragon Icefyre. Only then will his betrothed marry him and cement the alliance between their warring kingdoms.
But is Icefyre just a legend? Or does he truly slumber beneath the glaciers? Fitz has prevented his friend the Fool from accompanying them the Fool has foreseen his own death if he ever sets foot on the isle of the black dragon. But as their ship draws in towards Aslevjal a lone figure awaits them…
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- Publisher : HarperVoyager (July 31, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 816 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007588976
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007588978
- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 1.77 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #520,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And finally (a modest spoiler), what is it with the plot device of spending hundreds of pages on characters that barely matter in subsequent books? I am thinking of at least 20 characters including Thick, Dutiful, Shun and even the Fool, who is hardly vital in this last book. At least GRRM just kills them off!
Set in an alternate world in a renaissance time period, it continues a story of friends, family, magic, dragons, and much more. While there might be many of these themes available, the Farseer and Tawny Man series definitely stand out in how you will fall in love with the characters and be engaged in the plot.
Of the "Tawny Man" series, which is the follow up to the "Fitzchivalry Farseer" series, this is the most action packed. The first two in the series were more of a set up of the end, as well as a reminder of what happened in the first series and a point of filling in some of the important details of the plot line that further develops the characters and gives you the "why" of many of the things that have happened in the past.
While the Tawny Man series doesn't get you quite as attached to the characters as Farseer did, it's definitely a must read to complete the story and will definitely give you both joy, sorrow, and a mixture of emotions as you learn more about the characters. It's definitely satisfying, though I'd say you really should read the first series before it. If you haven't, then definitely read it after. It's wonderful.
There are notes of the authors other series "Liveships" throughout the books that give you several peeks into the lives of those characters as well, which I feel adds a lot of flavor to the book.
I have read all three of the aforementioned series several times, with this one being read with my family aloud so that my husband can experience this wonderful story.
And on top of all that - Wonderful!
The emotional ups and downs are frustrating but not unrealistic given the story. I get tired of angst for the sake of angst that permeates so many novels written of late. It seems that self-loathing is a popular and permanent state of being for some heroes. Fitz has his share of difficult times but it is plot driven. it is also balanced by humor and happier times.
The first book in the next trilogy is set to be released in a week. I am eager to read more about these characters but I must say that this series has left me well satisfied and content. I may wait until all three are released before I purchase them.
Do yourself a favor and read this series after the Assassin's series...get them all, right now, and settle yourself in a comfy chair with a cup of tea and jump into this fascinating world!
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No obvious endings for Hobb! OK, you might guess some details but I doubt you'd come up with the meat.
Anyway, this is an absolutely amazing end to the trilogy. I am not ashamed to say I was brought to tears several times in this book. It some places it is heart-rending, in others very touching, and always full of page turning excitement.
The Prince, Dutiful, has agreed to go to the fabled glaciated island where legend says that the dragon Icefyre is sleeping under the ice. But Lord Golden, The Fool, has already said he will die there so Chade and Fitz engineer it so he cannot get there.
Does that stop him? Well, read it and see.
We learn more about skilling and The Wit in this book and meet some interesting new characters and say farewell to some beloved ones. But we also reacquaint ourselves with some people we haven't met for a long time.
Will Nettle ever find out the truth? Will Molly? Will Buck ever learn that the Witted Bastard lives?
Is there really a dragon under the ice and what has happened to the Pale Woman from the Red Ship wars?
This book is your Skill Stone to the answers and if you don't put this down when you've finished and declare it the best book ever, then I'll set a dragon on you!
The story is brilliant as always and you gets few shocks here and there. The ending did leave me a little annoyed as there didn't seem to be any real ending(not the whole story just bits in particular) as you'll realise when you finish it! I do hate to say that it does seem as though a few loose ends were tied up rather quickly but all in all its brilliant and I would love to see the character brought back someday.
It is remarkable that Robin Hobb has managed to write 6 books with which I can find hardly any fault. The books are admittedly quite slow in places (especially 'the golden fool')and it does not have the large set piece battles of the "a song of fire and ice" books (i.e. "Game of Thrones") by George R.R.Martin. But there is no filler; at no point did I find the books too long.
The exclusive focus on the main character Fitz may bore some, the surprise elements of Martin's books, when you don't know who is going to die next, is absent. It does perhaps get a bit tiresome that Fitz gets beaten up so much throughout the series and it's nice that there is a happy ending for him.
All in all probably the best set of fantasy novels of their kind, and possibly just one of the best set of novels, that I have read.
I should point out that the series needs to be read in order. Otherwise it is unlikely to captivate you.