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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

Critic reviews

"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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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!

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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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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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Terribly recorded.

Unedited, full of background noise. What an appalling recording of a great book. The narrator is actually good, but the recording seems like who ever made it just couldn't be bothered.

Actual background noise in the recording. Lines repeated through out. What a joke.

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Shame about the editing!

This is an awesome novel, well written, brilliant Narration and so enjoyable.
But the editing is shockingly poor. There are approximately 20 instances where sentences are repeated. As you listen you can excuse it as it is an amazing book, but when it keeps happening sometimes 3 times the same sentence, then continue a few more and repeats again, it’s very poorly done.

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Perfection

I’ve loved robin Hobbs work for 20 years since I first stumbled on her work so the story is a 100% success long before I found it on audible and the narration by nick taylor does it justice in spades, superbly read and intoned, great voices and dramatic emphasis, i laughed and cried and held my breath, I wish he’d read the while series 10/10

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So frustrating!!

Narrator does a pretty decent job as ever, but whoever is in charge of editing needs a strongly worded letter!
Repetition all over the place. Annoying.

The book is ok. Not my fav and it’s a bit of a slog for much of it. But a nice “end” to Fitz’s tale.

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Wonderful, as all of Hobb's books are.

Another incredible piece of work, I cried at the end for the fact it was over!
This world, these characters, the writing will always hold the dearest place in my heart.
Excellent narration also.

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incredible

loved every second of it, amazing characters and character development, a world you can lose yourself in

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Incredible

By far the best book involving Fitz (so far).
Loved every minute of it start to finish, narrator was pretty incredible as well. Overall loved this book and can't wait to start the Trilogy with Fitz and everyone else

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  • Katrina
  • 20-01-15

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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  • Raul
  • 05-03-20

Slow burn like ember fire

Full of losses and one truly frustrating character - the Pale Woman. So well written and performed, I think I haven't hated any character more before. Not even Regal.

Nevertheless, a brilliant book, finally giving some piece of happiness to a main character.

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  • Thomas Gammelby
  • 06-02-19

Nice follow up

Fills in gaps and ties up loose ends. Builds nicely on the previous trilogy. The plot also thickens.

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  • Tim Olsen
  • 27-12-18

Wonderful extension of the farseer trilogy

Great story. and it took it's time to unwind and finish which was nice. No need for cliffhangers.

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  • Petter
  • 09-04-15

good shit

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