Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships�rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens m...moreSynopsis:
Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships�rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.
For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her�a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim. For Althea's young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence.
But the fate of the Vestrit family�and the ship�may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles...and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will....
I really enjoyed this more than I expected. It can be difficult sometimes going from series to series yet set in the same world with different characters. I tend to get attached to the ones that I meet first. In the end, I discovered that I'm pretty attached to some of the characters that will be appearing throughout this trilogy as well.
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that i...moreSynopsis:
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that is about to change when destiny seeks him once again. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished and FitzChivalry, possessed of magical skills both royal and profane, is the only one who can retrieve him in time for his betrothal ceremony--thus sparing the Six Duchies profound political embarrassment...or worse. But even Fitz does not suspect the web of treachery that awaits him or how his loyalties to his Queen, his partner, and those who share his magic will be tested to the breaking point.
When this starts out, a lot has changed. It's been fifteen years and for quite a while, Fitz has been living in an out of the way hut with Nighteyes and a boy named Hap that Starling had dropped off with him some years before. Things are mostly going okay for Fitz. He's a bit lonely and he's still hungering for the Skill, but otherwise, he's content. But then Starling comes to take Hap to Buckkeep for Springfest and suddenly, Chade comes to visit Fitz. He wants Fitz to train Prince Dutiful in the Skill, but Fitz refuses to return there and get sucked into political intrigue again. Chade leaves, but Fitz is feeling restless as though he should go out and do something. Then the Fool comes to visit. This is a visit he really wasn't expecting. But he's glad for it. Still, even when the Fool asks, Fitz does not go with him to Buckkeep. Not until they get a message from Chade that Fitz is need urgently at the Castle and so they go.
Fitz soon discovers that there's a lot he doesn't know about what's going on while he's kept himself apart from nearly everyone. We do get to find out what he was doing for all of those long years and while he isn't excited about being back at Buckkeep, seeing Kettricken again makes him happy. Sucks about the circumstances, though.
Eventually, Fitz, Lord Golden (the name Fool is known by now) and Kettricken's huntswoman Laurel set off to find Prince Dutiful and bring him home. It's almost time for his betrothal and he must be there, so they're on a time limit as it is. Turns out, the situation is a lot more twisted than any of them realized.
A lot happens in this book even though a lot of it is spent traveling. Fitz and Dutiful really don't get along initially, but if Dutiful had been more himself when they met, maybe that wouldn't have been the case. Later, though, Dutiful seems to come around. He kind of latches on to Fitz. Honestly, it's not surprising. They are actually quite a lot alike. They both end up sharing the same loss, too.
(view spoiler)[I can't believe that happened! I cried! Robin Hobb made me cry all over again! I knew it was inevitable. I knew it was coming. That doesn't lessen the pain of it. I can only hope that his friendship with the Fool and training Dutiful will help him cope, at least a little. Since Starling turned out to be a bitch and Chade and Kettricken can't act like they know him too well, Fool and Dutiful are about all he's got left. Hap is still around and Jinna's friendship is genuine, so at least there's that. Still, the companion he's had the longest is now gone from him and that bond ran deep. It's not going to be an easy thing for Fitz going forward. (hide spoiler)]
There's still a threat out there. Too many people know Dutiful's secret. I'm worried about that. I get why those Old Bloods let that group go, but they know too much. And they despise Fitz. This can't be a good thing.
I'm worried about how things will go. I just want one good thing to happen to Fitz and for just one good thing to go right for him for once. I think that just may be a long time in coming.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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...moreSynopsis:
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....
Ah, but this book left me not quite sure how to feel. There's a lot that happens and the ending may or may not work for you. I honestly cannot see how it could have ended any differently. Still, if I did not know that there's more to Fitz's story, that ending would have chafed even more. I want more for Fitz than what he got. And while Verity got what he wanted, I want more for him, too.
The Skill-dreams Fitz had of Molly revealed much to him. For a time, he was content that they were safe even if Molly believe him dead. And even if Burrich eventually came to believe it as well. He was glad Burrich was there to keep safe what he held dear. Until that last Skilling and he saw that they had both moved on from him. That broke my heart. Then it broke again when he thought he knew what he was offering Verity, but it turned out to be something quite different. I know why Verity did it, but Fitz didn't know how to really deal with it.
A lot happens in this book. Fitz does manage to get revenge, but in a way I did not expect. Disaster does get averted, but it feels that for everything he lost, Fitz really didn't gain anything. At least he still had Nighteyes who as always, was awesome. I'm really thankful that Fitz has him.
I'm also happy that Fitz has the Fool. Despite how their last meeting ended, Fool was happy to meet with Fitz again. He'd thought he'd failed in his duty because he believed Fitz to be dead. Finding out differently restored him. Fitz and the Fool grow closer once they all set out to find Verity. That certainly made me happy.
Overall, I was pleased with the way things took place. Fitz suffers, but when is Fitz not suffering? I always want to hold him and shield him, but I know it can't happen. He does get a bit of what he wants, but it's a bittersweet thing.
Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to aba...moreSynopsis:
Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.
Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands—and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
She fucking did it again. Wrenched me all around. Made me smile. Made me shiver. Made me cry. Made me pissed the hell off. Made me happy. Freaking Robin Hobb jerking 'round with my emotions!