So Yesterday was a pretty exciting day!
After work I hurried in to town because Robin Hobb (ROBIN HOBB!!) was doing a signing at the Science Fiction Bookstore at seven. I was there at four because I wasn’t going to miss this. I couldn’t start queuing until half six, but I’m happy I was there early.
There was a Q&A which was really fun! Apparently the original story wasn’t about Fitz at all, but Verity! I am both surprised and not. She explained that first she started writing about Verity and the Fitz just sorta wandered in, which is a very Fitz-y thing to do.
Then I finally got to speak to her for a minute and she signed my book! She was surprised that I had already finished the book haha, “That was a year’s work and it didn’t even last you a week!” Well, it’s not my fault that she writes so that you can’t put the book down. Every moment I was by myself last weekend I read, and every moment I wasn’t reading a part of my brain was wondering what was going to happen next. Which leads me nicely on to:
NOT QUITE A REVIEW; BASICALLY A REACTION: IT WILL BE FILLED WITH SPOILERS BE WARE
Since this is going to be spoiler filled, if you haven't read Assassin's Apprentice, which is the first book i this series, you should. If you like Fantasy, and/or well crafted stories with strong characters this is the books for you. I don't think you necessarily have to be a Fantasy nerd to like these books. Go read Robin Hobb! Or Meghan Lindholm! That is the same person!
I’d like to start by saying that NO BOOK has ever made me sob like this one. When I closed the book, I was literally weeping.
I finished the book on Sunday evening, and well... I couldn't really write about it then... The thing is, and I know this sounds ridiculous, Fitz and Beloved feels like real people to me, in a way that no other characters do. So I needed to grieve a little.
I actually want to discuss the ending first, and why I both loved it and, in a way, hated it. I loved it because it felt like the moment the entire series, all the way from Assassin's Apprentice, was leading up to. We knew Fitz would one day carve his Dragon from the memory stone, and I love the fact that Beloved joined him. And that Nighteyes exisits with them as well. So even though I am sad that they have essentially passed on, and their story is over, I am happy because they will always be together and as we know, they don't do well without each other. If Fitz had really died in the tunnel out from Clerres, then I don't think Beloved would have ever been truly happy, and we know that even when all of Fitz' dreams came true, he still missed Beloved and his happiness was less because of it.
What I hate... and I really hate it. Is the fact that Fitz was forced to start carving his dragon. He was dying, horribly and in great pain, and he started carving alone. I hoped that he, Beloved and Bee would have some time together. A few years, and then he and Beloved would choose to go together. But that is typical Robin Hobb isn’t it? There is never a truly happy ending? Because they are together, but they don’t get to see Bee grow. When Fitz finally go to be with Molly, Beloved was gone. When the stone dragons saved the Six Duchies, Fitz was alone and thought dead. (and partially forged, but we didn’t realize that at first) I don't know... I just felt that Fitz deserved happiness.
But I hoped against hope for a happy ending, all the while dreading the last page.
I have read the other books several times, but when I closed this book I wasn’t sure if I would ever read them again… I love them and I probably will read them again in a few years, but it felt like the end of an era. It felt… Final.
Hobb tied up so many loose ends, ranging from Dragons, Kelsingra, Liveships, Elderling back story and much more. It has cemented my hate for Clerres, as if I needed to despise them more after what they put Beloved through... Terrible people
But that is the thing, in the midst of all this magic all the antagonists are doubtlessly human. They have goals and friendships and dreams, they just happen to be at odds with what Fitz want. There never was a war where both sides didn't feel that they where in the right, so to speak. If I had read a story set in Clerres, the arrival of the Destroyer would probably have devastated me... Now it filled me with joy.
This has been such a rambling post again... It just feels weird to review the... Ninth or sixteenth, depending on how you count, book in a series. Either you have read them and then you are going to read this one too, or you haven't and then you definitely shouldn't start with Assassin's Fate. I don't think you'd keep up if you did to be honest Haha!
I have to go now, or This post will turn into a ten thousand word essay, analyzing every step of the way, and I am Not sure if you'd want to read that.
I have been in a blogging mood lately so I hope I can find the time to keep blogging again, and not just once a week here and there. I am doing the MerMay challenge on Instagram right now, it's going really well so If you'd like you could check it out (links in the images below the header)
Bye for now!