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Fool's Fate (2003)

by Robin Hobb

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Series: The Tawny Man (3), Realm of the Elderlings (9)

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On a mission to the Out Islands to destroy the dragon Icefyre, who has been frozen in a glacier for millennia, Prince Dutiful and his Skillmaster FitzChivalry match wits with the Fool, an enemy determined to free the dragon.

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Such an amazing end to such an amazing story. ( )
  KayleeWin | Apr 19, 2023 |
I disliked the ending because to me Molly and Fitz’s relationship absolutely does not hold up since they are so fundamentally different but also it pales in comparison to Fitz and the Fool’s relationship.

That said I absolutely loved this book because of Fitz and the Fool’s relationship. The transcendental depth of their bond and love for each other is so heart wrenchingly moving. They are one of my most beloved pairings in fiction and I cannot wait for their reunion. ( )
  leontines | Nov 3, 2022 |
I never cried so much reading a book. This destroyed my life. It was perfect.
This entire trilogy is perfect.

Edit after rereading:

It is not perfect after all, but it's close enough. Some moments still bring tears to my eyes, but I have a few complains about scenes that happen near the end and how it relates with the messages in the Farseer trilogy. Even so, this one and Farseer are my two all time favorite trilogies and I am sure I will reread them many times in the future. ( )
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
Fool's Fate finishes the Tawny Man trilogy. Although there is now another trilogy with Fitz and the Fool, this book really feels like a capstone to the books in this universe that Hobb had written at the time. Even so, it doesn't just feel like a wrap-up. This book has plenty of plot of its own.

Also, I love how Robin Hobb can make life on a ship sound wonderful in one context (the Liveship Traders) and terrible in this book. It really emphasizes her skill at writing as her characters rather than just writing about her characters. This also shows in the many subtle ways in which the book reminds us that these characters are flawed and don't make the best decisions while still keeping the perspective of a character who generally thinks he is making the right decisions. ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
Boy, is Robin Hobb good at fanservice! The good kind, not the gratuitous female nudity kind.

Although it drags in parts, a lot of this book -mostly the second half- is just filled with squee. Even the ending, if you ship that way. (I don't. WTH.) There was a pleasant revist after revisit of old friends, and tying up those loose ends. (bends. lends. rends.)

This is probably the best of the Tawny Man part of this story. (I refuse to think of them as separate trilogies.) For Fans of Fitz.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robin Hobbprimary authorall editionscalculated
Howe, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jewell, LaurieDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santikko, SauliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On a mission to the Out Islands to destroy the dragon Icefyre, who has been frozen in a glacier for millennia, Prince Dutiful and his Skillmaster FitzChivalry match wits with the Fool, an enemy determined to free the dragon.

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