“Break my heart good. ”Kelly A Egan wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Boy, is Robin Hobb good at fanservice! The good kind, not the gratuitous female nudity kind.
Although it drags in parts, a lot of this book -mostly the second half- is just filled with squee. Even the ending, if you ship that way. (I don't. WTH.) There was a pleasant revist after revisit of old friends, and tying up those loose ends. (bends. lends. rends.)
This is probably the best of the Tawny Man part of this story. (I refuse to think of them as separate trilogies.) For Fans of Fitz!”
“The Tawny Man series winds to a close and it's a bittersweet moment. Knowing that the series has wound up is bitter but the path is sweet. I avoided reading this for a while because I was enjoying the journey so much.
Fitz is still trying to train the kings coterie. Finds that one of his old mentor's children has run away to join the royal army and embrace his Wit abilities. Fitz is going to accompany the prince while he tries to fullfil his mission to kill the dragon to win the hand of his promised bride and everyone seems to have different plans.
Although everything is wrapped up, it did leave room for more, though I'm not sure that more wouldn't spoil the feeling of finality and my enjoyment of the series. The stories are well-crafted and each book stands on it's own, to be complemented by it's companions. A series to return to occasionally to refresh your palette and remind yourself how good fantasy can be. ”
“4/5, both for the book and the series in general.
Saying i didn't enjoy it would be untrue, yet i can't help but feel a sort of bitterness that Fitz had been taken away from his life after the whole red ship raids ordeal. Hobb did give us a nice big chunk of lore and story to munch on, but, idk, i would have let the man be.”
“great ending to the second trilogy but once again it's a shame it had to end.”Russ wrote this review Saturday, June 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think this books is a good ending to the series. If you like happy endings, this one will be bittersweet. To me, however, it felt a bit rushed and what had mostly kept me reading was tied up in a unsatisfactory way.
I truly wish there'll be another story about Fitz and the Fool. I miss them already and would love for their stories to continue. For I loved their friendship. But most of all I hope we will learn about the Fool, (s)he is such an amazingly mysterious character!
I do believe the series ended in a way that would, no could, be satisfying, yet I still hunger for more.
Fortunately Hobb left the ending open enough for the story picked up again if ever she had a solid idea about how to continue it.
I definitely recommend the Tawny Man and the Farseer trilogies. I think it is well worth your time. Then again, it may not be for everyone. ”
“Yes, I will be honest here. Several years ago whilst nannying for my little cousins, my older cousin introduced me to the Farseer Trilogy. I loved it. A few laters I was able to get my hands on The Liveship Traders Trilogy--I am not allowed to speak of those in my circle of friends for the simple fact I will not cease singing the praises to the point of irritating everyone. So as you might imagine I was all gung-ho about reading "The Tawny Man".
Well... I rated the first two books of the trilogy with a mediocre three stars. Sorry, but after all the excitement of the other two trilogies, the Tawny Man struck me as dull. It was with some reservation and mostly my meticulous need to finish what I had started that I picked up "Fool's Fate".
Fortunately I spent the weekend with a cold and was thus able to devour the 900+ wonder. Not to offend fans of the Tawny Man, but to me this was well worth reading the first two. Robin Hobb ended the trilogy (and I suppose the saga including the other two trilogies as well) with nothing less than a bang that her marvelous imagination so deserved.
Perhaps it was the action. Though I usually like ponderous exposition, the dull pacing of the first two did get to me and I was more than ready to get to the meat of the story. Perhaps it was that--the meat of the story, the act of getting to what was promised all along, the conclusion of a mission, of destiny!
Hobb's story is a fairly simple one--I'm sure there are plenty of more creative plots out there. But it is hardly mind-numbing, and Hobb tells her tale, one of many references to the classics and always a homey feeling of a familiar town and country, well. She knows her action, she knows her character, and she was ready to finish the story without forcing the ending. The emotion was real and apparently what I had waited all nine books for. She has truly set up multiple cultures and lands with rich traditions that fortunately she never felt required an obnoxious encyclopedia. She knows the balance between the fairy tale ending I love and something properly realistic, giving this happiness without the sugary and unbelievable goo.
Thank-you, Ms. Hobb.”
“Loved it so much when I finished I didnt want to let go... I will miss you Fitz and the Fool”Humberto wrote this review Wednesday, October 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A satisfying conclusion to the Tawny Man and Farseer trilogies. The twists in plots were unexpected, and though at the end it sometimes seemed as though things went "too well", the plot twists that I would normally disdain as deus ex machina were foreshadowed enough throughout the book and larger series that I didn't feel cheated.”Garrett M wrote this review Friday, July 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No