David Gemmell Legend Award 2018.
'They spoke of a dream of a child who bore the heart of a wolf...'
Prince FitzChivalry Farseer’s daughter Bee was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river.
Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four, not only for the loss of Bee but also for their torture of the Fool. Accompanied by FitzVigilant, son of the assassin Chade, Chade’s protégé Spark and the stableboy Perseverance, Bee's only friend, their journey will take them from the Elderling city of Kelsingra, down the perilous Rain Wild River, and on to the Pirate Isles.
Their mission for revenge will become a voyage of discovery, as well as of reunions, transformations and heartrending shocks. Startling answers to old mysteries are revealed. What became of the liveships Paragon and Vivacia and their crews? What is the origin of the Others and their eerie beach? How are liveships and dragons connected?
But Fitz and his followers are not the only ones with a deadly grudge against the Four. An ancient wrong will bring them unlikely and dangerous allies in their quest. And if the corrupt society of Clerres is to be brought down, Fitz and the Fool will have to make a series of profound and fateful sacrifices.
ASSASSIN’S FATE is a magnificent tour de force and with it Robin Hobb demonstrates yet again that she is the reigning queen of epic fantasy.
Robin Hobb is alias for Margaret (Megan) Lindholm Ogden. She also writes as Megan Lindholm.
Hobb was born in 1952 in California, US. She is married with sailor Fred Ogden and they have four children and grandchildren. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her cats and youngest child.
For most of her teen years Hobb lived in Fairbanks, Alaska. She majored in Communications at Denver University, Colorado. She worked as a journalist in Kodiak and wrote fairy tales to children's magazines. She has always been a keen reader and already knew as a child that she wanted to be an author. She sold her first story when she was 18. In 1971 she started writing as Megan Lindholm. Her first ... (more)
When she started writing Farseer trilogy, she felt that this epic fantasy was so unlike from anything Lindholm would write that she chose a new pen name. (Also there was some economical reasons as well.)
J. R. R. Tolkien has been an important figure for young Robin. She got her first Tolkien books around 12 years of age and this changed her life. ”I had three distinct sensations at the end of The Lord of the Rings. One was the simple, unbelievable void of 'It's over. There's no more of it to read.' The second was, 'And I've never encountered anything like this. I'll never find anything this good again'. The third was perhaps the most alarming: 'In all my life I will never write anything as good as this. He's done it; he's achieved it. Is there any point in my trying?' (Source)
Realm of the Elderlings is the name given to the five series placed in the same world. Farseer trilogy tells about young FitzChivalry and his destiny in Six Duchies. Liveship Traders takes us south of Six Duchies to Bingtown. Hobb had thought that Assassin's Quest was the end of Fitz's story, but after finishing Liveships Fitz surfaced again and demanded his story to be told. The Tawny Man is a trilogy. The Rain Wild Chronicles is a tetralogy. Fitz and the Fool is a trilogy.
There are also four short stories from the Realm of Elderlings. ”The Inheritance” was first published in 2000, in a publisher's promotional booklet. Now it is available as an e-book. ”Homecoming” was written for Legends 2 anthology, published in 2003. ”Words like coins” is published in Fantasy Medley anthology in 2009.
The Soldier Son trilogy takes place in a different world, telling the destiny of Nevare Burvelle.
Hobb covers (The Farseer, Liveship Traders, The Tawny Man and The Soldier Son) portrayed here are from UK editions, by John Howe. Jackie Morris has painted the UK covers for the new Hobb books (The Inheritance, The Rain Wild Chronicles and Fitz and the Fool).
Photo: Robin Hobb at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photographer: Szymon Sokół.