The Farseer

by Robin Hobb

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Book 12 of 26 in the Jon Snow's Top 20
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Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him sectetly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz's blood runs the magic Skill--and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

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7 comments
Louve | 2015-05-23 09:33:47
I have read The Farseer Trilogy, as well as its direct sequel, The Tawny Man Trilogy and also the first (and only available at the moment) book of the following trilogy, The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy. These books just got me hooked. I may have not loved it so much from the beginning, but once I went deeper into the world of the Six Duchies and got to know the characters, I would not want to leave it. After 7 substantial volumes I await the next ones impatiently.
By: Michael Affrunti. | 2015-11-05 06:06:26
I Have read many epic fantasy series, but this one is the most disappointing by far. Fitz is just a horrible main character and lets you down at every turn. In the middle of the second book he is gaining so much promise but never lives up to any of it. From the end of the second book threw the rest of the series he fails to succeed at almost everything. he worries and wines the majority of the time as he bumbles around from task to task. Robin Hobb is a masterclass on putting together a world. The story is exceptionally written. Though it is hard to enjoy these things when the Fitz Keeps letting you down. It's just depressing, and worst of all Expected. The whole reason the first book and first 3/4 of the second book are so good is cause you have hope and a belief that The Fitz is going to be able to pull it together and overcome some of the odds that he's facing. Once that hope die the whole series loses its luster. On another note I read 5 of the Series in the top 10 on your list and agree with all of those I read. I also read many others through out your list, There are many great series here. Its done well and its a good reference point. The only thing i disagree with is this series. Id replace it with Eragon. The Inheritance series. I know that you dont believe its up to snuff but I thought it was done rather well. Thanks Again for your list. Good Job!
Anonymous | 2016-08-20 07:52:04
I waited to read these books, saving them up as a real treat. OMG. Fitz is really depressing and I was so disappointed. The end of the second book was horrible and the third one was a bit of a chore. I am slogging my way through Tawny man because I keep thinking I must be missing something! This series gets so many 5 star reviews! I get them from the library btw as I couldn't justify buying them. Perplexed overall seeing these on every best fantasy list.
Anonymous | 2017-04-13 06:09:14
I'm kinda baffled as well as why this is one of the recommended books to one of my favorite genres. The protagonist Fitz has one of the best background to build up on and what to dwe get for reading it? Disappointment on every corner WHICH the author dragged on by describing every excruciating bit of it. Fitz failed almost everything on what he set his path on and when he finally succeeded, guess what the author did? He summarized it, YES he didn't give the readers the satisfaction of even being described on what the reward Fitz received. The author will fill in tons of words on how the protagonist failed and getting beat on then will give you just two or three sentences regarding his accomplished "assasination" which isn't really doing any killing.
Anonymous | 2017-05-02 02:31:13
I loved this series. Fitz is not the usual hero of a fantasy and you'd often be hard pressed to call him any kind of hero. But he's human (well, most of the time). I actually read the Liveship Trilogy first by Robin Hobb and then read everything I could get my hands on. I found Fitz irritating at first but have now become very fond of both him and the Fool. Can't wait for the next book.
Chiron | 2017-05-11 10:28:28
Fitz is the greatest "savior" I've ever seen. Only if you read all 16 books of the series do you get the full impact of what his seemingly small action do. Its subtle, masterful and patient. I highly recommend reading them all and not skipping the Live Ship series. You can probably get away with reading a summery of the Rain Wilds. I'd argue that's the only low point in the series, and even that was pretty good. Be warned though, just because Fitz doesn't go into detail about sex and violence in the Farseer Trilogy doesn't mean the rest of the series stays so chaste. The Live Ships are particularly brutal. I didn't know an amputation could go on so long in text. And where Fitz suggest sexual violence, the Live Ships shows it to you and much of the aftermath. The Tawneyman Triliogy is not as emotional as Farseer, or as graphic as Live Ships. But it is subtle in its own importance. The tone of the series isn't arbitrary by any means. It is a brilliant example of how Hobb set up the rules of the world, and followed them. Fitz and the Fool is an emotional beating. If you've read the entire Elderlings series then you will find the fear and anxiety in Fitz and the Fool to be devastating. You wont have to be told why it its a problem if someone ends up in the hands of Chaldeans, you'll have seen it. So when a character shares their story, obviously skipping details, you know exactly what went on. On the other side of that, you do a serious sense of pride when you actually see all of the work he and the Fool have done. If Robin Hobb never writes another book about Elderlings, it will have ended beautifully.
fey | 2017-06-07 09:08:40
Robin Hobb books are a contrast between terrible editing and brilliant character and plot. WHY are such deep and intelligent ideas not given the respect they deserve by her publishers? I can't be the only person who'd proof read them for free!
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