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Fool's Fate

The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Nick Taylor
Series: Tawny Man, Book 3, Realms of the Elderlings, Book 9
Length: 31 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The triumphant conclusion to the Tawny Man trilogy, from the author of the best-selling 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 reluctant Skillmaster, Fitz – sail towards the distant island of Aslevjal. There they must fulfil the Narcheska’s challenge to her betrothed: to lay the head of the dragon Icefyre, whom legends tell is buried there deep beneath the ice, upon her hearth. Only with the completion of this quest can the marriage proceed, and the resulting alliance signal an end to war between the two kingdoms. It is not a happy ship: tensions between the folk of the Six Duchies and their traditional enemies, the Outislanders, lie just beneath the surface.

Thick is constantly ill, and his random but powerful Skilling has taken on a dark and menacing tone, while Chade’s fascination with the Skill is growing to the point of obsession. Having ensured that his beloved friend the Fool is safely left behind in Buckkeep, Fitz is guilt-stricken; but he is determined to keep his fate at bay, since prophecy foretells the Fool’s death if he ever sets foot on the isle of the black dragon. But as their ship draws in towards Aslevjal a lone figure awaits them…

©2003 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

“Even better than the Assassin books. I didn’t think that was possible” (George R R Martin)
“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.” ( The Times)
“Robin Hobb writes achingly well” ( SFX)

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excellent story

loved the trilogy but annoyed at bad editing - many pauses and repeated phrases

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a hearty tale

this is one of the most complete stories I have read.
beautiful writing. great narration.
thanks for this experience.

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Bravo Robin Hobb, bravo!

I couldn't get enough. Wonderfully flawed characters. Fans of Fitz will love this book. There was nothing I didn't like.

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Lovely, but disappointing narration edits.

Great and rewarding book, and series, but utterly woeful editing! So bad at times that it brings one right out of the story.

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Absolutely love these books

I have read the books multiple times and listened to the audio books multiple times now also.. They really should have done some editing, there are multiple parts that are repeated due to no editing.. The narrator's in this series and the last series are ok, there are many more narrator's out there that are far better.. Apart from that, I still absolutely love these books!!

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Oh my the editing😣 Lucky the story's captivating!

Love Robin Hobb's stories with rich and complex imperfect characters in a magical world! I found the recurring homophobia theme in this book truly uncomfortable and disturbing though. Not unrealistic. Still, if it was written now there would most definitely need to be characters given moments of speaking out loudly against the shaming and at least attempting changing points of view... Jenna, Webb and Molly and maybe Swift would be my choices.
I quite enjoy Nick Taylor's character voices once I got over how suddenly some character names are being pronounced differently in this Trilogy than in the Assassin's Apprentice one.
Wow there are some editing stuff ups.. glad I read a few reviews before starting the audiobook so I was warned.
Will still be listening to more Robin Hobb!

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Fantastic series

I’ve really enjoyed all the books about Fitz. And the fool. The production has been great and Nick Taylor is a brilliant story teller.

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some editing problems

there were a few times when he would repewt the sentence. nothing awful. fantastic story. 10/10

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another classic<br /><br /><br /><br />lots more brandy

made be want to crack a bottle and enter this world. im going to knock all of Robin Hobbs books off

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Such a fantastic story!

The story was so good. I loved following Fitz in this next chapter of his life.

Unfortunately the editing is not that great with sentences frequently being repeated throughout the book.

Overall still great to listen to.

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  • Katrina
  • 20-01-2015

Terrible quality production

This is yet another totally brilliant series by Robin Hobb, building perfectly on the previous Liveship Traders and Assassin series.

But the audio editors left MANY instances of repeated lines often with the narrator giving a sigh of frustration before starting the line again.

The first time gave me a giggle, but it happens repeatedly throughout the book as though the editing job was rushed. By the end I felt truly annoyed. I've not had an audio book from here with so many issues like this.

I hope it will be re-edited. Robin Hobb books so rock and Nick is a fair narrator.

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  • Raul
  • 05-03-2020

Slow burn like ember fire

Full of losses and one truly frustrating character - the Pale Woman. So well written and performed, I think I haven't hated any character more before. Not even Regal.

Nevertheless, a brilliant book, finally giving some piece of happiness to a main character.

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  • Thomas Gammelby
  • 06-02-2019

Nice follow up

Fills in gaps and ties up loose ends. Builds nicely on the previous trilogy. The plot also thickens.

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  • Tim Olsen
  • 27-12-2018

Wonderful extension of the farseer trilogy

Great story. and it took it's time to unwind and finish which was nice. No need for cliffhangers.

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  • Petter
  • 09-04-2015

good shit

good narration, lovely story. nice quality in the production. i recomend this over the other version

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  • Mimi
  • 02-05-2014

The Harrowing and Epic Conclusion

Would you listen to Fool's Fate again? Why?

I certainly would. Hobb has made me care so much about these characters.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I don't want to give away spoilers but I have to say the ending is exceptional. At so many points while listening to this I thought the situation was beyond redemption. But the conclusion was perfect. Hobb has a genius for knowing exactly what needs to happen to her characters and why.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I almost did! This is a deeply addictive trilogy (so I recommend you listen at a time when you need a VERY sizeable distraction). I cannot wait for the next Robin Hobb release this August, I'm desperate to know what happens next.

Any additional comments?

This book, like many many of Hobbs writings, does not shy away from fantasy stereotypes. If you were to pick apart the events of her "Realm of the Elderlings" saga, I'm sure you'd find many of them. However, please do temper your judgement, Hobb doesn't just manage to reinvent these tropes but uses them as weapons. Her narrative is enthralling, rich in detail yet open to the imagination. She tackles epic high fantasy, rooted in real modern society issues, and anchored by a rich multitude of developed and colourful characters.This book makes for an intense listen (many fans get emotional about it, and rightly so). I cried like a child. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster, though do trust in Hobb's dazzling prowess. She's an author that, no matter how convoluted the situation, never loses her absolute control of the story, finishing the Tawny man has left me in no doubt of that.I must also say that i found Nick Taylors narration to be spot on. I loved Beomer's farseer but Taylor was even better. He pronounces "Burrich"'s name properly (i.e. the way the author does) and even starling's voice is closer to what I envisioned. The ageing up of Nighteyes' voice was appropriate to his 20 years: unnaturally old for a grey wolf. And the rest of the cast is wonderfully distinct! Well done!

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  • M. Dawes
  • 11-12-2013

Excellent timing....

in the sense that it won't be long before we get further tales of Fitz and the Fool from the wonderful pen of Robin Hobb.

Needless to say that you should just stop whatever it is you are doing and listen to all six of these glorious books. I think you would be hard pressed to find any novelist anywhere quite as good. Immense and immersive, lovingly read, and chock full of life.

Treat yourself.

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  • Redwing
  • 23-05-2014

Loose yourself in this amazing story!

I have not lost myself so deeply in a story since I was a child. Robin Hobbs intricately woven story of Fitzchivalry Farseer and the Fool Fate was so heart achingly , beautifully written, that i found myself going to bed early to get 4 or 5 hours listening before resigning to sleep. I have fallen so in love with the characters of Fitz and the Fool, their trails throught quests and deepening of the relationship is incredibly moving and poigniant. I have cried more with this book than any other i can remember, and am kind of dazed now I'm at the end. I am in awe of Robin Hobbs writing. It may sound over dramatic and sentimental, but this book has changed me. I heartily recommend the journey!

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  • Rudo
  • 26-08-2020

incredible

loved every second of it, amazing characters and character development, a world you can lose yourself in

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  • Darren McLean
  • 28-07-2020

Incredible

By far the best book involving Fitz (so far).
Loved every minute of it start to finish, narrator was pretty incredible as well. Overall loved this book and can't wait to start the Trilogy with Fitz and everyone else

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  • Ross
  • 30-06-2020

Exceptional

I am in awe of the voice acting in this series. Such great story telling. I loved every minute of it, and enjoyed the ending of the trilogy. Already planning to listen through again.

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  • H
  • 22-06-2020

Great story

A great story, well told. It wraps up many of the threads of the main characters' lives.

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  • Michael
  • 03-06-2020

Poor production

Someone needs to review the editing of this production. There is a number of passages and sentences repeated as if it has been hurried into production.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-2020

Interesting

Great story line and performance which strayed a few times but very fulfilling. Some terms sounded odd and done sentence repetitions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-2020

Awesome

Absolutely gutted I have finished this trilogy and the Assassins Trilogy before this. Loved it all.