Arc Review: ASSASSIN’S FATE by Robin Hobb


Robin Hobb

SeriesThe Fitz and the Fool #3; Realms of the Elderlings #16
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages: 976
Release date: May 9th 2017

Fitz’s young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants, a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams—but just what part remains uncertain.

As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside—a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return.

For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer too, able to shape the future. And though Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with—deadly with blades and poison, and adept in Farseer magic. And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge.

“Don’t leave me behind.”

Assassin’s Fate is a heartbreaking and worthy conclusion to one of the best Fantasy series out there. It is an emotional and complex tale of friendship, love, and betrayal, bringing back all of our favorite characters and delivering a story that is both powerful and absolutely captivating.

Robin Hobb has been dazzling readers for over twenty years now with her writing. She has a gift when it comes to creating layered characters and making them suffer, as well as developing intricate plots that grasp your imagination. This novel has all of that and more. It is profound, touching, and painful in the best of ways.

I’ll try my best to string sentences together, but I am having a hard time gathering my thoughts. I found out about the Reamls rather late — September 2015, according to Goodreads. I fell deeply in love with Fitz, Fool, and the other characters, going through all 14 books in a little over two weeks. So while I haven’t been waiting as long for the end as some readers, I was both excited about Assassin’s Fate, and dreading having it in my hands. I actually cried a bit when I got accepted for the ARC. 😛

There are really no words to describe how incredible this book is. It brings back so many characters we’ve gotten to know and love throughout the series, all fitting and fighting together. The book is told mostly from the POVs of Fitz and Bee, as each of them continue on from the previous installment. Even in this conclusion, there is a lot of character development, as our favorites face their final obstacles and struggle to protect what they hold dear.

The rich world-building is also another highlight. Hobb has created an unique universe that is fascinating, and in this novel we get even more of it. There are more details, secrets are revealed, questions answered. It is so satisfying to learn about things we’ve long wanted answered, especially with the way they fit together with and impact the rest of the plot.

I am so so so sad to see this series come to an end, but everything is so well-written and well-executed that I can’t even be mad, haha. All the pieces fall to form a perfect, if bittersweet, ending. The story ends as I expected it to end, and it brought tears to my eyes. Fitz and the Fool broke my heart, but they got the beautiful conclusion they deserved.

Assassin’s Fate is everything I hoped for this series. Hobb delivers a story rich in characters and world-building, with a well-developed plot, lots of twists and turns, and action. It has its heartbreaking moments, but it also has its sweet ones. I loved every single moment of it, and I will always hold this series close to my heart.




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