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Fool's Fate (Tawny Man, Bk 3)
Fool's Fate - Tawny Man, Bk 3
Author: Robin Hobb
A heralded writer of epic fantasy, Robin Hobb has given readers worlds within worlds in her heroic Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies. Now she takes the final step in the breathtaking trilogy of the Tawny Man, as the tale of FitzChivalry Farseer comes to an epic end. Rife with boundless adventure and unforgettable characters, Fool’s...  more » is destined to become a classic of the genre.

Assassin, spy, and Skillmaster, FitzChivalry Farseer, now known only as man-at-arms Tom Badgerlock, has become firmly ensconced in the queen’s court at Buckkeep. Only a few are aware of his fabled, tangled past—and the sacrifices he made to survive it. And fewer know of his possession of the Skill magic. With Prince

Dutiful, his assassin-mentor Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, FitzChivalry strives to aid the prince on a quest that could ultimately secure peace between the Six Duchies and the Outislands—and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania.

For the Narcheska has set the prince on an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice—the legendary Icefyre, on the island of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support the prince’s effort to behead their

legendary defender. Are there darker forces at work behind the Narcheska’s imperious demand? As the prince and his coterie set sail, FitzChivalry works behind the scenes, playing nursemaid to the ailing Thick, while striving to strengthen their Skill—ultimately bringing his unacknowledged daughter into the web of the Skill magic, where the truth must finally unfold.

The quest emerges amid riddles that must be unraveled, a clash of cultures, and the ultimate betrayal. For knowing that the Fool has foretold he will die on the island of ice, FitzChivalry has plotted with Chade to leave his dearest friend behind. But fate cannot so easily be defied.
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ISBN-13: 9780553582468
ISBN-10: 0553582461
Publication Date: 11/23/2004
Pages: 928
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 179 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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The fantastic conclusion to the Farseer series, it will break your heart and then rebuild it for a happy ending. Very moving, and well worth reading.
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good series
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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.
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I LOVE Robin Hobb's writing! I experience the characters rather than reading about them.
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Loved it, loved it, loved it! It seems as if all those bad breaks Fitz was embrazened with earlier in his life have finally started going his way. But it wasn't easy!

From the Farseer Trilogy to the Tawny Man will laugh, cry, brood and cheer for your favorite character. I wish I could skill like this cotrie!

I was rivited from the start and couldn't put it down. Long live Shadow Wolf!
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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?

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