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Assassin's Fate

(Fitz and the Fool #3)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  29,457 ratings  ·  2,691 reviews
The final book in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy.

Prince FitzChivalry Farseer’s daughter Bee was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in
Hardcover, 853 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Pamela It's not necessary to stop, you certainly can understand Assassin's Fate without knowing the history of those characters. And because Fitz doesn't app…moreIt's not necessary to stop, you certainly can understand Assassin's Fate without knowing the history of those characters. And because Fitz doesn't appear in them, one might get impatient. But AF is much richer if you have read the Rainwild Chronicles first, and it is wonderful to revisit those characters. Personally, I loved the Rainwild stories.(less)

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Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Character-driven fantasy fans
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Here lies the end of my journey in The Realm of the Elderlings. Robin Hobb, if you’re reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing this series and for saving your best work for the finale.

Assassin’s Fate marks the conclusion of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, and it’s also the final installment within Robin Hobb’s overarching The Realm of the Elderlings series that’s comprised of sixteen books in to
Mark Lawrence
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The folks at Voyager know I am a fan of Robin Hobb and were kind enough to send me #4 of 50 in this limited edition of Assassin's Fate.

Why the fuss? Well, this book is the conclusion of a twenty-two year journey (over fifty years in book time) through the world Robin Hobb has created. The protagonist who has led us in that journey is Fitz, the assassin mentioned in the title (and the apprentice mentioned in the title of the first book, Assassin's Apprentice, released in 1995).

Officially the jour
Sean Barrs
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 4-star-reads
I always rave about Robin Hobb books. For me, she has the strongest voice in the epic fantasy genre at the moment. Her plots are expertly crafted and well-drawn out, as I’ve said before, except this one has been a very long time in the making. The ending I’ve been waiting many years for has finally arrived. To call it emotional would be to evoke a drastic understatement. Ever since Assassin’s Quest I knew it would end this way eventually.

“This is our last hunt, old wolf. And as we have alwa
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
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
Muhtasin Oyshik
Assassin's Fate (The Fitz and the Fool, #3 Realm of the Elderlings,#16) by Robin Hobb

Now my journey to the Realm of Elderlings has ended. And this series turned out to be one of my favorite fantasy series. It's a heartwrenching story, and I can't even say how great this series was. After finishing this book, I found myself so depressed and was difficult to concentrate on any other works. I love all sixteen books in the Realm of the Elderlings series. Don't skip over any of the other series befor
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review..sooooooo
Wow! Just wow!
Given this is the last book in Fitz and the Fool's story I won't be going into details as it would just end in spoilers for all. But suffice it to say I enjoyed it immensely!
Parts of it were repetitive at times, mainly in regards to Bee's storyline, and I was left with many unanswered questions in the end (who knows maybe the story will continue on! *crosses all fingers*), but overall I thought it was
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘ Are you ready, my brother?’
Thank you Robin Hobb.
I can't lie. There have been tears. What a wonderful gift this series has been and what a wonderful final episode.

All strands were connected and interwoven in such an amazing way. Did Robin know how she wanted the story to end up all those years ago when she wrote the Assassin's Apprentice? It boggles my mind.
I also found it slightly strange as well as delightful to see the worlds of the Elderlings and Kelsingra combine with Fitz's. Have you eve
Em Lost In Books

I am done, now feeling sad and empty.

I still remember my frustrated self after finishing Assassin’s Quest back in January 2016, and how promised myself not to torture myself and read another book in Realm of the Elderlings. But constant praise on my home feed and friends’ rave of the series were tempting but I was not courageous enough to dive into RotE world again. Then last year I finally gave in and started reading Tawny Man and I was shocked to see how much Fitz has matured or perhaps i
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Rating and thoughts coming closer to release date (yes, this is me buying time. Truthfully, I have no idea how/if I'll review it. Just know that if I were to review it now, I'd probably write,

... that wouldn't be fair to my dear Fitz who changed (saved?) my life 15 years ago. No, I'm not being dramatic. I mean every word.)

And engraved on my tombstone, you'll read :

I'm glad for the fucking ships.

Now that I've freaked you out, I'll stop here. Sorry about that.
Wow. I finished this over the weekend, and I am still struggling to find the right words to convey what a massive emotional impact it had on me. Assassin's Fate is everything I could have asked of Robin Hobb - an entirely satisfying conclusion to not just the story of FitzChivalry Farseer, but that of the entire Realms of the Elderlings and all its interconnected works.

This is a book of Farseers, Fools, White Prophets, Liveships, Dragons, are more. It's as if everything that Hobb has ever teased
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay...I finished it... I REALLY didn't want to finish it, because I just *hope* it's not the end of everything in the Realm of the Elderlings. This has easily surpassed all the other fantasy series I have ever read for my favourite of all time (I'm including all the Realm of the Elderlings books in that) and as such it's so deeply part of my reading that I don't know if I could objectively review just this book. Hobb's world by this point is completely real to me, and every character feels genu ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having followed the story from the beginning, Assassin's Apprentice, to here I was so nervous, waiting for this to come out. Turning the last page of the previous book my heart hit a wall. How could it end there..... well, it didn't.
I produce the UK cover art for Robin's books, and I knew this would be the third in the trilogy, and the cover art would have to be the best I'd done. Robin fed me a short piece of the book when I asked her about the cover and oh it was worse than reading none, beca
What a fantastically satisfying read. I mean, seriously. It only took three doorstopper Fitz trilogies, the Liveship trilogy, the Rainwilds trilogy to make this book shine... but shine it does. Like silver on the fingertips.

Hobb has Skill! No one can doubt that. I feel like I've invested so many of my memories and hopes and fears and anger into these books... it's almost as if something of a monumental world-building is shaking off its rocks and leaping off into the distance to hunt itself some
L. Haven
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one any more
Shelves: high-fantasy
I have been putting this review off for much too long.

I am disappointed. Deeply, achingly disappointed. Robin Hobb spent decades carefully sculpting an utterly perfect, captivating, compelling, breathtaking narrative featuring living, breathing characters with rich, consistent inner lives in a relationship that read as more real and important than any I have previously encountered in fiction.

So why does the ending ring so false?

'Ware spoilers.

Let's just get this out of the way: no, I am not butt
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Perfect ending! I'm both sad and happy at the same time. This is the best book I've read this year. Hell, it will be hard to read anything after this one. Love it so much, love Fitz and Fool so much! ❤️ ...more
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James Tivendale
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible. Fitz, Fool, Nighteyes... I will love you forever.
Mark Medina
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The end of the tale

The end of the story of Fitz and the Fool. Five stars all the way. When Hobb is on form, she is peerless.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-to-a-hobb, fantasy
“Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”

Five sub-series, sixteen main volumes, THE BEST fantasy series ever written and now it’s done.

No story read so far affected me as much as this one did. I loved every word of it. I loved how this last volume connects all the loose ends from all fifteen which precede it. If you only read Fitz' story from Farseer, Tawny Man and The Fitz and the Fool and skipped Liveship Traders and Rain Wild Chronicles
Shelly K
In my first year of university a professor told me that fantasy writing is like imaginative masterbation. (What a jackass.) I took that to mean he believed fantasy to lack substance and was therefore unsatisfying.

I get that there is little love for fantasy in literary circles but THIS. This series has been one of the most satisfying reading experiences I have ever had, of anything I've ever read, be it literary or genre fiction.

Five trilogies, sixteen main volumes, and each book was a joy to re
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm tempted to give this 5stars because FitzChivalry is my probably my very favorite book character of all time, and the ending did not disappoint (I've spent the last two hours crying my eyes out) - BUT, in true Robin Hobb style the first 60% of the book was a drag. In fact, my sisters are reading this book and warned me not to spoil it, and I told them that up to that point, I couldn't spoil anything even if I tried - NOTHING had happened. It was reminiscent of the last book of the 1st trilogy ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-to-get
For info, I'm usually a very mild mannered person who wouldn't dream of writing a negative review but after more than a year since reading the final Fitz and the Fool book I'm still hurt, angry and upset at the harsh and ham fisted way the final book was written. One would almost think Hobb had no love at all for Fitz and the Fool and their ending, it was almost like somebody else had written the final books, someone with little knowledge of the previous books, the characters and their struggles ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-own
I'm heartbroken... Cried through the last 30 pages.

It was the perfect ending to the entire story! I loved it like I love the entire story of Fitz. I think he is my favorite chatacter of all time. It feels like I know him...
If you're about to start this book... be prepared it hurts and will leave you broken.
Go... Read it... You'll love it!
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** Spoiler Free **

I can't even begin to describe what this series means to me.
I started it over two years ago. I DNF'd Assassins Apprentice twice before trying it one last time. Fate decided I needed to find Fitz and the Fool then. I read the Farseer trilogy over several months. Then I fell into a deep depression. I didn't read for almost a year, not one page.
After I healed, this series was waiting for me. I put myself back together, like Fitz had to put himself back together so many times. It
Laura Navello
UPDATE: " Fitz and the Fool will have to make a series of profound and fateful sacrifices."... Really? Even more? I'll better start crying now...

Please Robin Hobb, don't kill neither Fitz nor the Fool, they deserve at least a few years in peace together. I feel tired on their behalf :(
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ok, so by "in a few days" I apparently meant "in over a week".

So now I'm finally emerging from what is probably the most debilitating book hangover I have ever experienced, I'll write an actual review. I always try to keep my reviews spoiler free, but with so much riding on the events of this entry that's much more difficult than usual. What that means here is that I have to keep it super vague.

Throughout my Hobb reviews, many times I have likened the Realm of the Elderlings to an intricate ta
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To prepare myself for the end of Assassins Fate, I had someone spoil me on what Fitz’ fate was.

It is perhaps the one time in my life that I regret knowing a spoiler. Looking back, if I didn’t know, I think I would be crying harder and in a funk for weeks. However, because I knew, and because I was prepared, I think I took it better.

Do not misinterpret my words! Of course, it has a happy ending – it has the ending that I wanted it to have… just, perhaps, not exactly the way I planned it. My words
I am ruined for all other books now. Might as well retire from reading! 😭😭
Executive Summary: There is not much I can say about this book without getting into spoilers, or making statements that may lead people to guess at their meaning. What I can say is much like Ms. Hobb's previous works, this book made me feel. A lot.

Audiobook: Elliot Hill is a pretty good narrator. He can be a bit soft spoken however. And he's not great at female voices. I rather wish he didn't try. Still it's more good than bad, and I do think he adds something to the narration that makes the au
Apr 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, magic, arc, dragons
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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