With King Shrewd dead, and Fitz assumed so, Fitz and the rest of the gang are ready to call it quits. But Chade and Burrich are stubborn, and want to do something. Fitz leaves, determined to kill Regal after his treachery and his role in killing Shrewd.
Why this book?: The ending of Royal Assassin just ruined me, and I needed to read this book. But, the summary fills me with dread. Not sure I want this to happen quite yet!
The final climax
I could immediately tell that this book would be completely different than the first two. The cover of this one would keep catching my eyes when reading the first and second, mainly because of the dragons that can be seen in the background. I’ve been looking for books with dragons forever, and if they showed up in this magnificent series, I would probably freak.
It started off with a short introduction, picking off not long after the second one ended. After becoming so attached to Fitz and co., I found these beginning chapters so heartbreaking. I stalled reading this book, once more, because I just couldn’t handle going through this.
Once you got to this book, you soon realize that those first two books were building up to this one. The plots of the first and second books soon become secondary upon hitting the third, and everything adds up to what happens in this book.
Emotional and manipulating . . . a good thing?
I got the feeling this was supposed to be an emotional roller coaster.
While this book is the longest of the trilogy, it flew by the fastest for me. I found every part of this book catching my attention, from beginning to the end. There was so much more magic in this one, as well as DRAGONS!!! The best part is the concept behind the dragons, making this book not only a book about dragons and magic, but adding it’s own twist to it.
It’s amazing how Hobb can add a character in the last book of the series and make her so damn important. Hobb definitely has a gift with crafting characters that will stay with you, no matter how long they’re in the book.
This entire trilogy caught my attention with naming people after attributes the parents want them to show. Add in dragons, magic, and the amazingly interesting yet thick way this book was written, and I’m in love.
Would I Recommend?
If you like those really heavy fantasies, yes!! I will always love these books, and can’t wait to continue with the Liveship Traders series, which is the next in the Realm of the Elderings series.
Published: March 3rd, 1997
Publisher: Del Rey
Page Count: 757
Genre: Fantasy (High/Epic)
Synopsis: via Goodreads
From an extraordinary new voice in fantasy comes the stunning conclusion to the Farseer trilogy, as FitzChivalry confronts his destiny as the catalyst who holds the fate of the kingdom of the Six Duchies…and the world itself.
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz–or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest–perhaps to death. Only Verity’s return–or the heir his princess carries–can save the Six Duchies.
But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him–currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was.