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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Fate completes the stories of Fitz and the Fool. Which, if you've followed this series of trilogies for years, is a little difficult to come to terms with.  

My very favorite is the Farseer Trilogy, but I've loved The Liveship Trilogy, the Tawney Man Trilogy, the Rain Wilds Chronicles.  Is Assassin's Fate the end of the adventures of Farseers, White Prophets, and dragons. Twenty years of following these characters and their adventures--and that's it?  

Assassin's Fate follow's the kidnapped Bee as the Servants of the White Prophet make their hazardous journey to Clerres.  Both Fitz and the Fool believe Bee dead, but they are determined to destroy the Servants and are rushing to Clerres to take revenge, not only for Bee, but for what was done to the Fool.  This quest brings together Liveship Traders and Rainwilders as well, reuniting characters from other trilogies; to fail in their mission to eradicate the reign of the Servants is to fail the world as they know it and to fail the dragons.  And the dragons have their own reasons to despise the Servants and seek vengeance.

Each trilogy is complete in and of itself, but each trilogy connects to the others, sharing characters, events, and history.  Although I'm happy to see the end of the Servants, I am not ready to let go of this world.  Having loved Fitz, the Fool, and Nighteyes for so many years, I am feeling bereft that Assassin's Fate might be the end of an era.  Well, it is.  But surely there will be a place for Bee in this complex world--she has Wit and Skill and too much spirit to remain in the rigid aristocratic role she finds herself in.  

Farseer Trilogy
Assassin's Apprentice
Royal Assassin
Assassin's Quest

Liveship Trilogy
Ship of Magic
The Mad Ship
Ship of Destiny

Tawney Man Trilogy
Fool's Errand
Golden Fool
Fool's Fate

The Rain Wilds Chronicles
Dragon Keeper
Dragon Haven
City of Dragons
Blood of Dragons

Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
Fool's Assassin
Fool's Quest
Assassin's Fate

Read in February; blog review scheduled for April

NetGalley/Random House

Epic Fantasy.  May 9, 2017.  Print length:  976 pages.


  1. Hopefully it is not the end!

    1. Well, hopefully not for the other characters in this world! The tale of Fitz and Fool is complete, but there are other stories and characters that could step up. I hope!

  2. I have the first of the Farseer series. I keep hearing how wonderful Fitz and the Fool are. I need to introduce myself.

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! The Farseer trilogy may hook you on Robin Hobb's world. :)

  3. One of these days I am going to read Robin Hobb, I just can't seem to manage to get around to it though. But then that is pretty much the story of much of my reading life!