You know, I may have read a book where the author puts the hero through more traumas and trials than Hobb puts FitzChivalry through in this series... but I really can't think of one offhand. The guy really just does not get a break!
This installment takes more of the classic fantasy quest format, as Fitz, whom everyone thinks is dead, sets off on a quest to travel beyond the mountain kingdom and find the rightful king, Verity. Hotly pursued by Regal and his coterie of Skill-wielders who wish to kill him, he is plagued by his own uncertain use of the Skill, which is a vulnerability, but which shows him visions of his love, Molly, and the child he has never seen - which may be the heir to the Farseer bloodline.
Along the way, he is joined by the minstrel, Starling, who seeks fame and fortune by attaching herself to those who may do songworthy deeds; the old pilgrim woman, Kettle, who seems to know more of both history and magic than one would guess, the enigmatic Fool, the Queen Kettricken, seeking her husband...
Will they find Verity? Will Verity have found the mythical Elderlings, and/or a way to save the Six Duchies from both the Red-Ship Raiders and Regal's treachery? Will Fitz ever be able to have the simple life that he yearns after?
Quest fantasy has been done to death, but this book doesn't feel formulaic at all... definitely entertaining! On to the second trilogy!
This is the third in the Farseer Trilogy featuring Fitz, the bastard son of Prince Chivalry. The book stands well on its' own, but manages to tie everything together nicely. I just discovered Robin Hobb's writing a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed this whole series--and looking forward to more!
Wow! I did not want this book to end. I had become so attached to all the wonderful characters and the amazing world that they live in that I did not want to say good-bye. Fitz comes so far, and goes through so much, and it was so painful to see what has to happen actually occur. I dont think Ive been so touched by a series of books in a long time. I cant recommend this series highly enough. And hats off to Little Ferret, the best assassin in the book!
Excellent book. Robin Hobb is so good at creating characters.
The final book in the first Farseer Trilogy, it was a fantastic end to the story. Imagination-stretching and well-written, I had a hard time putting the book down!