The final book to the Fitz and the Fool series, Assassin’s Fate, by Robin Hobb, is a remarkably breathtaking story that had me in genuine tears of sadness and anguish, or laughing hysterically, again with tears, on a number of occasions. This book has given closure to the long journey of Fitz and the Fool, and it is this finality that I think readers will enjoy most. It is a truly fitting ending for two of the most unforgettable characters I have ever had the pleasure to follow.
The book continues the quest to rescue Bee and take revenge on those who have tormented both Bee and the Fool. But they are not alone, having the aid of dragon ships and dragons alike. The tale intertwined with other series written by Robin Hobb and both the Dragons of Kelsingra and their Elderlings as well as the Liveships of Bingtown become participants in what becomes a mission to merely stay alive. It is with the help of these unlikely allies, they are able to bring to an end the evils of the Whites and there Servants.
However, this comes at great cost. There are many casualties and even deaths, each a major blow to both Fitz and the Fool. And it is this loss and sense of survival that forces Fitz to make the decision of sacrifice in order to ensure his daughters safety. Unfortunately for the Fool this doesn’t go as well as planned and a change in circumstance twists fate even further for both himself and Fitz, leaving the novels ending quite heartfelt and unexpected. Even so, the ending is definitely satisfying for those true fans of the series.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Fitz and the Fool series immensely, being unable to put it down once I began. I have always enjoyed Robin Hobbs creations but she has most definitely out done herself with this series and especially in this the final book Assassin’s Fate. I recommend this book to anyone who remotely like fantasy fiction, or anyone who isn’t scared to use a little imagination. Fabulous read, one which I am sure to read over and over again. Well done Robin Hobb. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.
As with most of Robin Hobb’s tittles, I spend the majority of the read with my heart in my throat, and this book was no exception! Fool’s Quest is the second novel in the Fitz and the Fool series, and the continuation of Fitz and Bee’s suffering at the hands of the “Servants”, who clearly serve no- one but themselves.
In this second novel to the Fitz and the Fool series, the reason for the strange messengers appearing in Withywoods becomes more apparent. There are much bigger cogs turning than what is first perceived. The Fool has returned to his beloved Catalyst, and with him follows an incredible amount of trouble. Seeking aid for Beloved causes Fitz to separate from his daughter Bee, which provides the perfect opportunity for evil to strike, and they strike hard at that. Not only does Bee find herself kidnapped, she also finds that she is subject to frequent brutality.
It isn’t long before news of the savage attack on Withywoods, reaches Buck Keep and Fitz is forced to make some rash and risky decisions which begins the harrowing rescue of Bee. The Fool although brutalised believes Bee is the Unexpected Son told in prophecy, and vows to join Fitz on his journey not only to assist in the rescue but also assist in the destruction of the Servants of Clerres.
My most favourite parts of this novel has to be the conversations between Bee and Nighteyes. The pair make an almighty team that can withstand much and survive, even if Bee does use her “cows teeth” more effectively than Fitz ever had! Each interaction provides effortless humour, and this isn’t lost when the old wolfs spirit returns to Fitz either. The old wolf sarcasm and charm are inserted at just the right times, making this book brilliant.
Overall I believe Robin Hobb has created yet another masterpiece that quenches the thirst of her fanatical readers such as myself, thus being a most fantastic read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy fiction or to anyone who remotely has an imagination, as it easily will capture ones thoughts. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.