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My review will most likely contradict my rating but seriously, this is not an easy book for me to review. I have several problems with it and yet I can’t help but love this book.
Fool’s Fate is the conclusion to the Tawny Man trilogy and as far as I know, it is by far the most highly praised book among Hobb’s big fans. Honestly speaking, the praises did affect my expectation on this installment a bit. Considering how the majority of the fans—especially booktubers—claimed this is by far Hobb’s bes
it was amazing
If you’ve made it this far, you probably know what you’re getting into when you start a Robin Hobb book. I certainly did, and it doesn’t change the fact that my soul is now a heap of shreds on the floor. Oh, is that melodramatic? I don’t care! I can count on one hand the number of books that have made me cry, and this is one of them — twice, in fact, and a few times afterward. My poor soul!
That is not to say that this was a perfect book. I thought the beginning started out rather slowly, so at
it was amazing
So… I don’t know how I am supposed to begin writing up a review for this book because never in my whole life have I been as affected and devastated, happy and excited, lonely and angry as I was throughout the adventures of this book. This is my all-time favourite book. It’s exceptional. It’s leagues ahead of all others (except for The Mad Ship, also by Hobb, which was recently my favourite book… overtaken by another Hobb book!) for so many reasons, and trying to gather my thoughts and rein t
So, with all of that said, this book was great right from page one. As with all of the Farseer, Tawny Man and Fitz and the Fool books the main characters are once more Fitz, the bastard, and the Fool, a friend of his with some peculiar abilities. This book picks up not too long after the ending of book 2 when we’re following Fitz, Chade, the Fool, Dutiful, Thick, the Narcheska and many more characters as they’re about to embark on a rather grand quest. This quest is taking place because it will allow the young Prince the chance to prove his worth and slay a great beast, bringing the head back to the Outislander people and sealing an alliance between them.
This story IS epic, in all senses of the word. There’s big long journeys, there’s many different characters, there’s magic of various kinds. We get to see creatures in the skies and seas who are mystical and magical. We see journeys through all sorts of terrain and waters (yeah, there’s ships – I like ships!). We also get to see a lot more than just a regular epic fantasy because not only does it have all of these elements and more, but it focuses on the characters (it is, after all, by Hobb).
Robin Hobb has a way with words. Maybe even more than a way with words. She has an ability to create not only a world which is magic and a wonderful place to escape to, but she can convince me fully about this world. She is one of the few writers I have read where I can visualise all the scenes laid out before me and SEE what is happening as I read the words. The characters that Hobb creates and the scenes of dialogue between them all is fabulous because they make mistakes, they do stupid things, the apologise, they try again, and against all odds they try and get by in this crazy world. She’s a master of making the characters become real people who you feel like you know and feel like you understand. She’s got an ability to lay down all the words and from them you can draw out a living and breathing world within your head. You can imagine and see it all before you, and you’re privy to all the dirty secrets, crude betrayals and strong tragedies and horrors that she unveils.
This story took me in from page one and it’s fabulous to be able to say that I started at book 1 of the Farseers and have followed these characters through 6 books now (some characters even through more if they’ve overlapped with those in the Liveship books). I think the change in both Hobb’s abilities and the characters as they have grown and evolved as people and as elements in the world has been superb to watch.
I have to say that I cannot even think of any way that this book could have been better. Every single one of the many, many storylines, questions and plots that Hobb was juggling she managed to tie off beautifully. I can see why, having read this, so many people (Hobb included) didn’t think she’d ever return to this set of characters. That’s not to say that this is a Martin book and everyone dies or anything like that, but there are some VERY emotional moments where I was sobbing my heart out (no joke, at least 20 times!) There were also so many moments of joy and happiness, redeeming moments and perfect, thought-provoking speech.
Another thing which I adore about Hobb is that she is not afraid of addressing issues. She’s got the ability to slide in ideas about gender-equality, race, deformities, sexuality, standing up for things, differing customs and much more. She manages to integrate all of these ‘big issue’ topics into her books and make them a seamless part of the story, but she doesn’t focus on them. The story itself is more about the characters themselves, who they are, what they do and the decisions that they make, but at the same time each of those character have different ‘issues’ associated with them or as a part of them and we’re constantly exposed to these things without even realising it (whether it was her intention or not I don;t know, but she does it very well!).
This story was perfection. There are so many moments I want to tell you all about and cry over because thinking back on the read-throguh of this book it was truly wonderful. However, I don’t want to spoil anything about it, all I want is for you all to go and enjoy the wonder of Hobb’s world yourselves. If you’ve read this book I have no doubt that you know what it is I adore about her, and if you’ve not yet read it then please do try something by her, whether you’re in for the long haul and you start at Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer #1) or if you just want to dip your toe in to her stuff and start with Ship of Magic (Liveships #1). Either way is a perfect start, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I can say with certainty that this is my #1 book I’ve ever read. 100% highly highly recommended!