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Fool's Fate

(The Tawny Man, Book 3)

By Robin Hobb

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| Hardcover | 9780553801545

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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 Continue

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 Fate 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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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    super-cool story, wonderfully told!
    i loved reading every single page of it, starting from the Farseer Trilogy, to The Tawny Man one. (it was even cooler discovering that I had recognized Amber as the Fool, in The Liveship Traders!)

    it is ...(continue)

    super-cool story, wonderfully told!
    i loved reading every single page of it, starting from the Farseer Trilogy, to The Tawny Man one. (it was even cooler discovering that I had recognized Amber as the Fool, in The Liveship Traders!)

    it is a great adventure, one you can't willingly stop reading, every chapter is a very strong invitation to read the one that follows, so much happens, so many threads are to meet and twine... the rhythm is overwhelming!

    the only character I still did not like by the end of the book is Molly and her concept that "a woman must be loved here and now". she makes poor Fitz feel too guilty, she is always ready to let him know he did or say the wrong thing (or did not do or did not say the right one!) that it is a wonder he did not go crazy but still loved her! anyway, good for him that he succeded in having her, I guess that a fanciful woman was an improvement for him, considering the life he had lead so far!

    Another five stars for Robin Hobb, she's easily become one of my favourite writers of all time!

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    Chiara L'Onironauta said on Jul 14, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Un piccolo commento a parte:
    nonostante quell'inghippo sul finale,ho dato 5 stelline perchè la Hobb ha creato dei personaggi che mi hanno emozionato come se fossero delle persone reali.
    Se non li avessi descritti così bene,in tutte le loro sfaccettat ...(continue)

    Un piccolo commento a parte:
    nonostante quell'inghippo sul finale,ho dato 5 stelline perchè la Hobb ha creato dei personaggi che mi hanno emozionato come se fossero delle persone reali.
    Se non li avessi descritti così bene,in tutte le loro sfaccettature,non mi sentirei come se avessi appena abbandonato degli amici...
    Detto questo,credo che prossimamente mi dedicherò anche a "The liveship traders trilogy", ma ora ho bisogno di una pausa dai Sei Ducati e dai loro confinanti...

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    Laurina-la-fangirl-assassina said on May 26, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Almost abandoned......

    I have never abandoned a book but this one made me think twice about doing so. Despite being the 9th book dealing with the land of the Farseers, I was almost willing to hang it up following one specific scene that really turned my stomach. Hobb is ...(continue)

    I have never abandoned a book but this one made me think twice about doing so. Despite being the 9th book dealing with the land of the Farseers, I was almost willing to hang it up following one specific scene that really turned my stomach. Hobb is a superb fantasy writer but some of the themes of these last two series just turned me off. The final 200 pages drag by at a snail's pace. I do not want to give away anything, but some of the relationships the characters have are borderline disgusting depending about your views. I highly recommend the Farseer trilogy but suggest you stay away from the Liveship Traders and Fool books.

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    shanetucker said on Jan 14, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    What a shame my english skill is not enough to enjoy this book at one hundred percent. I really need to buy the italian version : )
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    Gotcha : )

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    Quivalen said on Mar 10, 2009 | Add your feedback

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