Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters with the second volume in a brand-new series.
Happy endings never last....
Years ago they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies.
But as Fitz attempts to heal his old friend in Buckkeep Castle, his young daughter, Bee, is abducted from Withywoods by pale and mysterious raiders who leave ruin and confusion in their wake. Fitz must find a way to rescue his beloved Bee.
At the same time it is the Fool's fiercest wish to return to Clerres with the best assassin he has ever known, to gain vengeance and justice. Can Fitz bear to take up the tools of his old trade again, even to avenge his dearest friend and save his child?
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"Robin's secret is not just in the detail with which she depicts the Six Duchies world she has explored over 20 years, but her emphasis on internal drama...the feelings of anguish, ambiguity, fear and failure are as familiar as those in a novel by Jonathan Franzen." (Independent on Sunday)
"Glorious and beautiful storytelling from Robin Hobb." (SciFi Now)
"Hobb seamlessly blends intrigue, action and characters who feel so real that they become more than words on a page.... Every second spent in her world is a privilege and a pleasure." (SFX)
"Robin Hobb's Fitz and the Fool series continues to delight." (Starburst Magazine)
"Another crowning career achievement in the lifetime of one of fantasy's modern-day masters." (Fantasy Book Review)
"Fantasy as it ought to be written." (George R. R. Martin)
I think someone got a name wrong on this and tried to fix the mistake by badly re-recording the word and editing it into the final piece. Its terribly done however and makes the book quite hard to listen to.
I definitely recommend it, it was a pleasant experience
I was happy to get back to the gloom of Fitz Chivalry Farseer's mind, however baffling that may seem.
As to the narration, I much prefer the male parts, but Avita Jay wasn't too bad either. She portrays a very young child voice and after a while you get used to her. Unfortunately, Chalced is Calced and Jumpey is Yumpe.
very much a gap filler, but then Hobb has set the bar - and thus expectations very high for herself. Looking forward to an epic finale to this trilogy
Wow. Margaret (aka Robin) always writes in an absorbing way, but this largely dark tale packs a real punch. I just couldn't put it down. Fitz - as ever - is moodily self accusatory, predictably unpredictable and an all round Skilled misfit; the misfit we all know and love. My wildest hope for this book, an intersection with the Dragon story, ... But wait, I can't spoil the plot for you.
The two volumes so far have been fattened out so much as to become boring.
Greatly appreciate Robin Hobb sharing her gift yet again in this long awaited novel. Thoroughly enjoyed being immersed again in the adventures of Fitz and the Fool. The narration in this audio addition was perfect.
Can't wait for the sequel.
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