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Book Review: Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

[May 16, 2017] Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb

Title: Assassin’s Fate

Author: Robin Hobb

Series: The Fitz and The Fool #3

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Release Date: May 9, 2017*

The Overview: Fitz’s young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants, a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams—but just what part remains uncertain. As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside—a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return. For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer too, able to shape the future. And though Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with—deadly with blades and poison, and adept in Farseer magic. And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge. -BN.com

The Book Review:

What can I say about the conclusion to the series that has dazzled me for years (becoming my all-time favorite) other than: wow.

Assassin’s Fate was beautiful, terrible, and profound. I savored each page, painfully aware it might be the last time I experience this world. I’ve never been as emotionally invested in a story as I was with Hobb’s work, her writing draws you in so completely that you forget yourself for a while, totally at the mercy of her story. Each of her series evoked real emotion – a sense of love and loss that is almost unparalleled by anything else I’ve ever read. Assassin’s Fate was the most gut-wrenching to date, but it was worth every painful, poignant moment. I’ll be reeling from this one for years to come.

I love this series for so many things: its rich histories and epic world building, its endearingly human characters (flaws and all), its immersive writing, but one of my favorite things about it is the subtle weaving of dragons into the story. It’s quite brilliantly done – dragons always seem to be the center of the overall arc of each series, but are often kept on the periphery of the events within each book (with the exception of the Rain Wilds Chronicles). The further you read, the more you start to realize their significant impact on the world and characters. As someone who loves dragons almost obsessively, I ate up every word. Hobb’s representation of them is truly breathtaking. Oddly though, I wouldn’t call these series dragon-centric because, while essential to the plot, they are usually not the focal point.

At the conclusion of Fool’s Fate, (the final book in the Tawny Man Trilogy, a reading experience I’ll never forget), I’d been under the impression Fitz’s tale was at an end. Therefore, when The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy was announced in August 2014, it felt like Christmas had come early. And it was even better than I dared hope! With the introduction of a new POV character, Bee, whom I love just as fiercely as Fitz, this trilogy offered a convergence of every Elderling series before it (Fitz + Liveship + Rain Wilds = Amazing!). It was an unexpected surprise, and I can’t even begin to describe how elated I was. If you haven’t yet experienced the brilliant world of the Elderlings, I suggest reading in the following order (to avoid spoilers):

Farseer Trilogy
Liveship Trilogy
Tawny Man Trilogy
Rain Wilds Chronicles
Fitz and the Fool

Above are the first books in each of these amazing series, respectively.

Each series brings with it loads of new discoveries, and I cherished every detail. Learning the histories of this world is also one of my favorite elements to the series. Each new detail felt like a revelation, and it got to a point where I was hanging on every word, hoping to find out more. Who knew it would go so far beyond the somewhat narrow framework of a little orphan boy at Buckkeep castle in Assassin’s Apprentice?

All the books Hobb has written in this world are amazing. Each story is a slow burn that takes its time, building momentum as it goes. By the time you reach the end, you’re hurtling so fast you wish you could slow it down to savor every moment. Assassin’s Fate and every book that came before it are officially The Obsessive Bookseller’s top recommends. I loved every beautiful, gut-wrenching moment and will keep these characters close to my heart forever.

*Thank you Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, NetGalley, and Robin Hobb for the chance to read and review an early copy of Assassin’s Fate– you made my year! :D

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17 comments on “Book Review: Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

  1. I have yet to begin reading in Fitz’s world, so I’m going to skip the details of your review. But you’re making me extremely eager to get started! Ever since I read Stormlight 1 & 2, I’ve been craving another amazing world…unfortunately, I’m not enjoying The Wheel of Time series as much as I was hoping to, so that’s turning into a bit of a drag :/ Maybe the Farseer trilogy should be my next destination. Thanks :D

    • I’m going to be restarting WOT soon, and I’m determined to get through to the Sanderson stuff even though I’m certain I’ll feel the same way as you do about it. Hobb’s world is definitely a great one to immerse yourself in. The level of discovery you get to in the later books were very reminiscent of stormlight for me! :)

      • Well if you’re going to get through, I’ll push through too. And THEN Hobb’s world will be a serious reward :D

      • Haha don’t quote me on that until I actually to it. I’m all talk at this point. ;P but really I should say thanks – I could use all the encouragement I can get haha.

      • LOL It’s like we’ll have our own mini book club, then…until we either finish or can’t stand to keep going XD Good luck!

      • Yay! Haha whatever we end up doing, at least we’ll have each other to commiserate. Good luck to you too! How far along are you atm?

      • Sweet, I’m *pumped* for commiseration! Or, er, fangirling. Maybe. Lol Weeeeell, I started listening to the second one a few days ago…I’m probably like 1/10th of the way in? Slow going XD I keep getting distracted by more exciting things.
        (Example: OH LOOK BEYOND THE SHADOWS IS FREE, better grab that before it’s taken again! lol).

      • Me too! That’s not to far in, so by the time I start (julyish?) we might eventually line up. Nice! Haha I call that “ooooh, shiny!” syndrome. It keeps attacking me too. ;P

      • That’s the perfect name for it 😂 *sigh* Yeah, you diligently power through those ginormous fantasies. Your devotion amazes me! Well let’s keep in touch about it so I can mooch off of your motivation XD XD

      • Aw thanks haha. Let’s do that – I’m looking forward to mooching off your motivation too, so hopefully that’ll get us through the snoozes! :)

  2. I LOVE your review! I just started Assassin’s Fate a couple of days ago and am now about 15% in. I can’ believe how great it is and how emotional it makes me already. And how ALL of the previous books play a role and everything fits together so nicely. I really can’t wait for Fitz to meet a certain Liveship ;-)

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