Title: Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
Author: Robin Hobb
Summary (from amazon.com): In this conclusion to the Farseer saga, FitzChivalry's quest for revenge on the usurping Regal requires him to journey to the Elderlings (wise old mages in the classic mold) and afterwards to realize the emergence of his own magical gifts, at which point the quest comes to an end after a mere 688 pages. Like much high fantasy these days, the book could have been pruned more than a trifle; on the other hand, along with the extra wordage come extra measures of characterization, world building, and emotionally compelling scenes of both magic and battle. And this is definitely the end of one story, although the world Hobb has created is now sufficiently developed (even why the characters have such archetypical names is explained) to be the scene of future books. In all, this is an improvement over its predecessors that will please their readers and probably whet their appetites for more from Hobb.
Comments: This book was probably my least favorite in the trilogy. The setting of the book is completely different from the first two in the series, which left you really only focusing on a few characters from the original two. The ending of the trilogy does tie things up in a satisfactory way, though it isn't necessarily the happy ending that we all would like. The ending was odd for me... at times I thought it was boring and dragged on, and then I thought it went to quickly. The pacing was off for me. Overall, I feel as though I like fantasy that does more world-building and explanation of the magic system. This series seemed to focus more on the characters. I did think FitzChivalry was a great character, and I did like the internal conflicts of the monarchy, but I didn't care that much about the external "dark forces," so to speak. I just love to be able to envision the world the characters are living in with fantasy, and with this series, it was hard to visualize much outside of Buckkeep. Overall, I did enjoy the series, and will probably read the second trilogy dealing with FitzChivalry, though I won't be rushing to do so.
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