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Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
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Nov 16, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: read2010, reread, sf-fantasy-general
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Good fantasy relies on a sort of paradoxical balance: the more realistic the real bits are, the easier it is for the reader to suspend their disbelief for the fantastical elements. Heroes are more plausible when they are sometimes flawed, weak, or just plain stupid; victories are more meaningful when tempered by loss; and your average quasi-medieval high fantasy setting is more vivid and encompassing when small homes and markets and fishermen and warehouses are given the same level of careful description as are all the kings and castles.

This concluding volume of the Farseer series carries on the high level of realistic detail, deftly woven intrigue, snappy dialogue, and strong character development that mark the rest of the trilogy. It is also refreshing for its lack of a neat, happy ending, instead opting for a bleak finish that feels more deeply satisfying, and more believable, than any happily-ever-after.

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