Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb (The Tawny Man, Book 3)

As Fitz accompanies Prince Dutiful on a quest to lay the head of an ice-encased dragon on the hearthstone of the Narcheska Elliania’s mothershouse, he betrays his dearest friend and brings his own bastard daughter into grave peril.

Fool’s Fate is a thoroughly satisfying conclusion not just to the Tawny Man trilogy but to the entire tale begun in the Farseer trilogy and developed in the Liveship Traders. Hobb is after full-bodied resolution and she sure delivers. Everything is wrapped up and no thread, either physical or emotional, is left hanging. This doesn’t mean that she short-circuits a full emotional experience. She takes the characters as far as they can go, and then beyond that, showing that she has a deep understanding of the dramatic force of peripety.

I got lumps in my throat, both happy and sad ones, and I feel so satisfied, just as much as the first time I read these books. I can’t wait for my girls to be old enough to read them. I think they would be good for any middle or high schooler undaunted by length.

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