The third in this series is somewhat darker than the others, but the characters ring true and the pacing is amazing. There are surprises around each corner and even while some of them are horrifying, it is a deeply satisfying read. This is my second time reading the series and I was racing toward the finish line with my heart in my throat--again. Do read books one and two first, as much of the story and character development is there. The Fool is more fully developed in this volume than in the previous ones, in a rather satisfying if sometimes uncomfortable way. Great read. I set this one aside with a sigh of both regret that the story is done and with anticipation of the next time I will pull this series out to read again.
Very entertaining, as I expected... Prince Dutiful has sworn to bring the head of the legendary dragon Icefyre to her mothers' hearth before he weds the Narcheska... but when he made that promise, he didn't realize that other Outislanders would object to the very idea of his slaying the dragon... It's a strange group that makes their way to the ice-covered island where the dragon is supposedly buried in a glacier - the Prince and his advisor Chade in favor of killing it... the Prince's Witted advisors against killing any animal... the Outisland lords, threatening revenge if it is killed... and FitzChivalry, not at all sure what the right path is.
To complicate things, the Fool has made his own way to the island, even though Fitz conspired to leave him behind after he confided that he knew that his destiny was to meet his death there...
And maybe the real question is, why did the Narcheska ask Dutiful to kill this dragon, anyway?
This is a wonderful series. The first book really pulls you into the story and they continue to keep you begging for more. The live ship trader series runs parallel to this one so if you liked that series you will like this one as well.
this is the last in the series of 9 books...they all tie together and to really enjoy the tale you should read them all starting with the assasin series, the Liveships and the to the Fool series. Absolutely 5 star series.
The entire trilogy - and the "Assassin" trilogy before it - were terrifically brought to a conclusion with this book. I highly recommend all of the Robin Hobb books. She is a fantastic writer, and develops her characters so well that you feel as though you've known them all your life!
I LOVED this series and actually cried when it was over lol. Dontcha hate when that happens? I actually read this years ago but I keep coming back periodically to see (HOPE!) if Ms Hobb has added to the series. The story has such a great potential to go on as she left the main characters alive. I especially adored the Fool- would love to see another book to continue his story!
This is a review for the entire Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool's Errand, Golden Fool, Fool's Fate) because I find it almost impossible to rate them as individual books.
This series takes place 15 years after The Farseer Trilogy ends. Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders Trilogy occrs in the time between the two series. It is not necessary to read the Liveship Trilogy first (I would know because I skipped it, then came back to it after finishing Fool's Fate). However, reading 'Liveship' first would make the reading experience of 'Tawny Man' that much richer.
I cannot remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a series, when a group of characters affected me as deeply as these. Fitz might be the narrator and hero of the story, but somehow The Fool manages to be the star. Watching them go through this series together was an amazing experience. I cannot think of another pair of characters I have enjoyed reading about more. The character of The Fool himself ranks as one of my all-time favorites from any genre.
If you cared about these characters at all in The Farseer Trilogy, you will consider them part of your family by the end of The Tawny Man Trilogy. Watching Fitz and The Fool go through this series togeher was both heart warming and heart breaking. The final chapters of the book haunt me still, and I'm not entirely sure if that is because of hope or disappointment.
The series itself ends just as Hobb has always ended her books... with a painfully real-life conclusion that is fitting as well as bittersweet. This series stayed with me for days after I finished it. I was truly sad to see it end. I was exhausted emotionally (Fitz never really does get a break) and exhausted physically (who needs sleep when you have another chapter to read?) but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
Treasure these books as you read them. Mourn the end. Then read them again.