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Fool's Fate Audiobook

Fool's Fate: The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The triumphant conclusion to the Tawny Man trilogy, from the author of the best-selling Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies. The moving end to the tale of the Farseers, in which kingdoms must stand or fall on the beat of a dragon's wings, or a Fool's heart.

A small and sadly untried coterie - the old assassin Chade, the serving-boy Thick, Prince Dutiful, and his reluctant Skillmaster, Fitz - sail towards the distant island of Aslevjal. There they must fulfil the Narcheska's challenge to her betrothed: to lay the head of the dragon Icefyre, whom legends tell is buried there deep beneath the ice, upon her hearth. Only with the completion of this quest can the marriage proceed, and the resulting alliance signal an end to war between the two kingdoms. It is not a happy ship: tensions between the folk of the Six Duchies and their traditional enemies, the Outislanders, lie just beneath the surface.

Thick is constantly ill, and his random but powerful Skilling has taken on a dark and menacing tone, while Chade's fascination with the Skill is growing to the point of obsession. Having ensured that his beloved friend the Fool is safely left behind in Buckkeep, Fitz is guilt-stricken; but he is determined to keep his fate at bay, since prophecy foretells the Fool's death if he ever sets foot on the isle of the black dragon. But as their ship draws in towards Aslevjal a lone figure awaits them....

©2003 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers...what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." (The Times)

"Robin Hobb writes achingly well." (SFX)

"Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible." (George R. R. Martin)

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    Redwing Uk 23/05/2014
    Redwing Uk 23/05/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Loose yourself in this amazing story!"

    I have not lost myself so deeply in a story since I was a child. Robin Hobbs intricately woven story of Fitzchivalry Farseer and the Fool Fate was so heart achingly , beautifully written, that i found myself going to bed early to get 4 or 5 hours listening before resigning to sleep. I have fallen so in love with the characters of Fitz and the Fool, their trails throught quests and deepening of the relationship is incredibly moving and poigniant. I have cried more with this book than any other i can remember, and am kind of dazed now I'm at the end. I am in awe of Robin Hobbs writing. It may sound over dramatic and sentimental, but this book has changed me. I heartily recommend the journey!

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    Mimi 02/05/2014
    Mimi 02/05/2014 Member Since 2013

    Comic and fiction aficionado and part time art student! Currently residing in Falmouth Cornwall

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    "The Harrowing and Epic Conclusion"
    Would you listen to Fool's Fate again? Why?

    I certainly would. Hobb has made me care so much about these characters.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I don't want to give away spoilers but I have to say the ending is exceptional. At so many points while listening to this I thought the situation was beyond redemption. But the conclusion was perfect. Hobb has a genius for knowing exactly what needs to happen to her characters and why.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did! This is a deeply addictive trilogy (so I recommend you listen at a time when you need a VERY sizeable distraction). I cannot wait for the next Robin Hobb release this August, I'm desperate to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, like many many of Hobbs writings, does not shy away from fantasy stereotypes. If you were to pick apart the events of her "Realm of the Elderlings" saga, I'm sure you'd find many of them. However, please do temper your judgement, Hobb doesn't just manage to reinvent these tropes but uses them as weapons. Her narrative is enthralling, rich in detail yet open to the imagination. She tackles epic high fantasy, rooted in real modern society issues, and anchored by a rich multitude of developed and colourful characters.This book makes for an intense listen (many fans get emotional about it, and rightly so). I cried like a child. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster, though do trust in Hobb's dazzling prowess. She's an author that, no matter how convoluted the situation, never loses her absolute control of the story, finishing the Tawny man has left me in no doubt of that.I must also say that i found Nick Taylors narration to be spot on. I loved Beomer's farseer but Taylor was even better. He pronounces "Burrich"'s name properly (i.e. the way the author does) and even starling's voice is closer to what I envisioned. The ageing up of Nighteyes' voice was appropriate to his 20 years: unnaturally old for a grey wolf. And the rest of the cast is wonderfully distinct! Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Dawes Birmingham UK 11/12/2013
    M. Dawes Birmingham UK 11/12/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent timing...."

    in the sense that it won't be long before we get further tales of Fitz and the Fool from the wonderful pen of Robin Hobb.

    Needless to say that you should just stop whatever it is you are doing and listen to all six of these glorious books. I think you would be hard pressed to find any novelist anywhere quite as good. Immense and immersive, lovingly read, and chock full of life.

    Treat yourself.

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    Louise 20/10/2016
    Louise 20/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic story..."

    Well read and gripping to the end. I'm so very sorry it had to end...

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    N. A. Bowling norfolk, uk 26/08/2016
    N. A. Bowling norfolk, uk 26/08/2016 Member Since 2013

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    "satisfying conclusion to a great fantasy series"

    a well balanced and considered final book to the series. long, but never dull, the plot gathers place from the previous 2 novels. it's the second time I've read/listened to this series and I believe robin hobb to be the current master of this genre. Fitz, the hard done by and most loved main character, finally gets his moment in the sun. the narrative pace skillfully draws strands of plot together in an unhurried fashion, allowing the fullness of hobbs creation to be admired for what it is: one of the best fantasy stories to be written for decades

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    Handsome 02/07/2016
    Handsome 02/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fools Fate"

    Superb book, indeed superb trilogy. Brilliantly written, to the point that you are wondering what is coming next. All the different plots came together and the various complexities all made sense. You really get to know the characters and you want the book to go on.
    I listened on Audible - and would highly recommend this Trilogy to anyone. Read/listen and enjoy.
    Signed: Handsome Prince.

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    Mr Keith Clarke 06/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfection"

    No-one writes like Hobb. Such depth of characters and fascinating story lines. And the reader, Nicholas Taylor, brings it too life.

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    mrs c d crossley 10/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Tawny Man Trilogy"

    enthralling like all robin Hobbs books , can't wait for the next trilogy really enjoyed it

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    David J. 31/05/2015
    David J. 31/05/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Fantastic story"

    Such an excellent end to the trilogy.
    Fantastically written, and superb narration. Can't wait to get into the next books

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    Amazon Customer 28/03/2015
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    "Great detail"

    Great conclusion to the trilogy, slow in places but worth persevering with. Frustrating that characters names are not pronounced the same as in the preceding trilogy but soon adapt.

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  • Petter
    09/04/15
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    "good shit"

    good narration, lovely story. nice quality in the production. i recomend this over the other version

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  • Katrina
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    "Terrible quality production"

    This is yet another totally brilliant series by Robin Hobb, building perfectly on the previous Liveship Traders and Assassin series.

    But the audio editors left MANY instances of repeated lines often with the narrator giving a sigh of frustration before starting the line again.

    The first time gave me a giggle, but it happens repeatedly throughout the book as though the editing job was rushed. By the end I felt truly annoyed. I've not had an audio book from here with so many issues like this.

    I hope it will be re-edited. Robin Hobb books so rock and Nick is a fair narrator.

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