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Fool's Fate

(The Tawny Man #3)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  62,032 ratings  ·  1,746 reviews
The triumphant conclusion to the Tawny Man trilogy, from the author of the bestselling Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies. The moving end to the tale of the Farseers, in which kingdoms must stand or fall on the beat of a dragon's wings, or a Fool's heart. A small and sadly untried coterie - the old assassin Chade, the serving-boy Thick, Prince Dutiful, and his reluctan ...more
Paperback, 914 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Spectra (first published October 2003)
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Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Omg!! That was sooo good and soooo sad and some happy and stuff 😫

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Sean Barrs
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 4-star-reads
All friendships go through rough patches, and in this Fitz’s relationship with the Fool is pushed almost to breaking point.

Fitz has begun to have doubts which come from even stronger feelings of fear; he fears for the future, a future that may not correspond with the Fool’s crazy ideas.

A dragon lies between them, one Fitz has to slay and one the Fool wishes to save. Friendship becomes the problem and the answer, as Fitz begins to realise that everything that has ever happened to him is because
Em Lost In Books
Finally I am done crying (thanks to Ms. Kate Daniels) and now I can jot down my thoughts on this fantastic finale of Tawny Man.

As I said in my earlier reviews, Hobb is getting better and better with every story. She once again spun a tale stretching over 900 pages and yet I never felt bored. True, there were moments when I felt few of the events are being mentioned repeatedly but once I got over that hurdle, it was a fantastic story. A story that just put a spell on me and didn't let me go until
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
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 ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book. Damn. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time! I haven't been this emotionally affected by a book in years. I cried so many times, which is rare for me. It was perfect. Seriously, reading all of Hobb's books is worth it just to get to this one. Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series was all set to be my Robin Hobb all time favorite surpassing even Liveship Traders.

The writing is absolutely superb and the world Hobb has created continues to wow me in its complexity. It is a world I wouldn't mind spending forever in. And she has frequently brought me to tears with the beautiful moments she captures between her amazing characters.

All that night, I cradled him in my arms, as closely as if he were my child or my lover. As closely as if he were my self, wounded and al
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The emotional intelligence of this trilogy is staggering. My heart feels swollen looking back on the trajectories of these characters, and Hobb subtly weaves in so many broader ethical questions about the decisions that individual people make, and that humanity makes as a whole. She also plays with the advantages and limits of first-person narration in a way that’s so much fun for anyone who enjoys thinking about how stories are constructed. If you need more convincing I’ll be doing a spoiler-fr ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
"In that last dance of chances
When I know you'll not be mine
I will let you go with longing
And the hope that you'll be fine"

Started out great! actually started out not-so-great with sailing on ships and Thick getting seasick for like 400 pages, but I was still living for it because it's Robin Hobb and I'm a dedicated fan and it's Fitz and it's the Fool and it's going to chatter my brain completely and it did and my feels wer
Helene Jeppesen
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things picked up a lot from the second book in this trilogy, and this conclusion to the Tawny Man series became highly entertaining and compelling. I loved how things developed for Fitz and obviously, I loved the conclusion as well. Right now, I'm actually tempted to continue reading about him in Hobb's 5th series that takes place in this world, but for now I will just enjoy what I've already read of him because it was really good :)
Mar 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
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Evie Byrne
I was very happy with this series (though I wouldn't recommend anyone read it without reading the Farseer trilogy first). I must have been happy because I read all three books within a week at the cost of many hours of sleep.

However, can I just say to those of you who have read these books that I couldn't really buy the Molly thing? Is anyone with me on this? I understand she represents home and hearth for him (or cave and cubs!) and perhaps his lost youth. But she just wasn't a compelling chara
Stefan Bach
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How could I give you anything less than what you deserve?
And if it’s something you already deserve – is it really mine to give? :D
This was a perfect ending.

“Ah, Beloved. Of all the things I must bid farewell to, you are the most difficult to lose.
Forgive me that I have avoided you. Better, perhaps, that we make a space between us and become accustomed to it before fate forces that upon us.”

Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm loving Robin Hobb's stories. Her writing is excellent. I think I might try to finish all her books by this years end. I recommend Robin Hobb to everyone.
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bitter sweetness or sweet bitterness...Epic.
I was absolutely crazy when I finished the final, 6th book about The Fool and the Assasin, I couldn`t read, couldn`t sleep, concentrate or communicate with people - I got lost in the thoughts and emotions after absorbing this Story. The funny thing is that currently I spend my summer vacations out of town and without any internet. But after I finished the last pages and the understanding that THIS is the end, no more Fool and Fitz relationship for
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While the book does drag along at times, it was such fun to go to the OutIslands. I have a soft spot for matriarchal cultures so found that particularly fun and interesting. The pacing wasn't always exactly to my liking, but the story was compelling enough to get me through those bits that felt a bit long.

I've come to so love these characters and the end had my teary eyed more than once. Looking forward to the last trilogy in the series next!
Mar 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
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David Sven
A good and satisfying ending to what has become my favourite Hobb trilogy. I thought the ending of the Farseer trilogy was good as well even though many didn’t find it a very fitting ending because a lot of Fitz’ pain and sacrifice went largely unrewarded and unrecognised. But I think even many of those critics would appreciate the end of this series.

Like the last book of the Farseer Trilogy, this book brings us to a dragon-centric quest. An adventure where the hero goes off to slay a dragon. We
What I've come to expect from a Robin Hobb book. That is, it has about twice as many pages as the plot should support, but that's alright. Because the remaining text is filled with essential character development, which is Hobb's greatest strength as a writer. So in that sense, it's a typical book from her. But on the other hand, it's very much its own story, or sub-story of the greater tale of FitzChivalry Farseer.

I won't really comment much on how it wraps up this trilogy, for fear of spoilers
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A letter home -

That’s it then, another quest came to an end. Another set of mysteries explained. We went sailing (which Thick was very grateful for) and ice fishing, we made ice castles (though 'labyrinth' would probably cover it better) and we even made a dragon or two fly. The weather wasn't very good, and I probably hadn't packed enough Siberian-inspired winter clothes but I survived, somehow. The food wasn't really good either, but luckily I found an abandoned honey jar on the way.

As always
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So bittersweet. It's going to be hard for any book/series for the rest of the year to top the experience I had with the Tawny Man trilogy. I first read the Farseer trilogy when I was in my mid-teens, roughly Fitz's age through the trilogy. I connected to a lot of his conflicts. I'm now the same age as Fitz during the Tawny Man trilogy, and I think that helped the books resonate with me as an adult. I don't think I would have been able to connect with his challenges as a father (in several capaci ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.75

I took off .25 stars because (view spoiler)

Buddy Read
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommendation: Buy this book(series) and make it top priority.

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb is the culmination of the Tawny Man Trilogy, a trilogy that got better with each book, and ended spectacularly with a lot of feeling. Fool’s Fate is the 9th book in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderling Series and those books need to be read before you read Fool’s Fate. Those trilogies are The Farseer Trilogy and The Liveship Traders Trilogy. This is an epic fantasy series that focuses on characterization and inter-
An absolutely beautiful book, yet again. I'm speechless and in awe of Robin Hobb's extraordinary talent.

This quote from the very start of the book sums it up best I think -

"We are the sum of all we have done added to the sum of all that has been done to us. There is no escaping that, not for any of us."
Michelle Morrell
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, x-read-2017
And that's another lost weekend!
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, z-to-a-hobb
Realms of the Elderlings , third series done and it’s getting better and better.

This last part from Tawny Man was incredible and the sun has risen, at last, on Fitz’ street. After around seven thousand pages I was finally rewarded! I felt that a stone lifted from my heart – that’s how good Robin Hobb writes.

But all these stories are not only about Fitz, the Fool, dragons and scheming. It goes deeper: it shows the human inner nature, one’ struggle with his thoughts and feelings, what it takes
Junkie for the Written Word
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-books
I gave this book an extra star because of my overall enjoyment of the Farseer saga. However:

))))))*****Major Spoilers BELOW!****((((((((

I have never wanted someone to be gay so much before in my life. The fact that the relationship between the Fool and Fitz was snatched away and replaced at the very end with Molly was so soul crushing I want to forget it ever happened. I may have to break my "no fanfic" rule and scour the internet for the ending I wanted. Slashfic here I come!

Also, there were m
Damian Dubois
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I think the last line of Fool's Fate sums up my feelings for the book and the trilogy perfectly.

I am content.

Technically I know I should go onto the Rainwild Traders next but there is a certain other Hobb book that is screaming out to me to read me first - Fool's Assassin. And for the first time I will be basically reading her new book 'live' rather than years after the original release. Can't wait to swim in uncharted waters.
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