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Fool's Fate : The Tawny Man Trilogy : Book 3 - Robin Hobb

Fool's Fate

The Tawny Man Trilogy : Book 3

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The triumphant conclusion to our three thrilling fantasy series, from the author of the bestselling Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies. The moving end to the tale of the Farseers, in which kingdoms must stand or fall on the beat of a dragon's wings, or a Fool's heart.

A small and sadly untried coterie - the old assassin Chade, the serving-boy Thick, Prince Dutiful, and his reluctant Skillmaster, Fitz - sail towards the distant island of Aslevjal. There they must fulfil the Narcheska's challenge to her betrothed: to lay the head of the dragon Icefyre, whom legends tell is buried there deep beneath the ice, upon her hearth.

Only with the completion of this quest can the marriage proceed, and the resulting alliance signal an end to war between the two kingdoms. It is not a happy ship: tensions between the folk of the Six Duchies and their traditional enemies, the Outislanders, lie just beneath the surface.

Thick is constantly ill, and his random but powerful Skilling has taken on a dark and menacing tone, while Chade's fascination with the Skill is growing to the point of obsession. Having ensured that his beloved friend the Fool is safely left behind in Buckkeep, Fitz is guilt-stricken; but he is determined to keep his fate at bay, since prophecy foretells the Fool's death if he ever sets foot on the isle of the black dragon. But as their ship draws in towards Aslevjal a lone figure awaits them...

'Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers' The Times 'Robin Hobb writes achingly well' SFX 'Hobb is a remarkable storyteller' Guardian

Robin Hobb

I was born in California in 1952, but I grew up in Alaska. When we first moved to Fairbanks from our suburban tract home in San Rafael, it was quite a shock. I was nine years old. In an effort to teach us self sufficiency, our father had purchased for our new home an old log house that lacked plumbing, wiring, insulation, interior walls, and a heat source. The same day that we moved in, Bruno arrived. He was a wolf/dog hybrid that had been severely abused by his owner, a dog musher. He subsequently became my constant companion and I soon knew the surrounding acreage of woods and sloughs as well as I had once known my back yard. I also learned the basics of wiring electricity, plumbing and insulating a home!

When I had graduated from high school, I attended Denver University for a year before returning to Alaska. I married when I was eighteen, and subsequently moved to Kodiak, an island off the coast of Alaska. With us went Frodo, an immense 130 pound white Alsatian that had come to me as a small starving puppy one day. My husband comes of fishing stock, so we have never lived far from the sea for long since then. That same year was the year I sold my first short story. I began my career as a writer doing short stories for children?s magazines, and graduated to fantasy and novels about ten years later. In that time we attended college at Idaho State University, spent a miserable couple of years being too hot in Hawaii, and finally returned to the Pacific Northwest and Washington state.

In Washington we settled for a number of years in a very small town named Roy. There we raised chickens, pigeons, geese, ducks, quail, goats, pigs, doves, and our children. We were adopted by an abandoned Staffordshire terrier that we named Minnie. She taught me a great deal about tenacity.

I presently live in Tacoma, Washington. My husband still sails, as engineer on a tramp freighter, which leaves me lots of time for writing. My current canine companion is Loki, a large black German shepherd who arrived at my door with a tennis ball in his mouth and a quantity of buck-shot in his rear end. I never know how these dogs find me, but I?ve always been grateful they do. We have three grown children and a five year old daughter.

Although my work has been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula, and has actually made the final ballot, I?ve never been awarded either. I have written eleven novels, collaborated on a twelfth with Steven Brust, and lost count of the number of short stories I?ve done.

Assassin?s Apprentice was the first Hobb novel, and it was followed by the equally successful Royal Assassin and Assassin?s Quest. Robin has also written as Megan Lindholm. Megan Lindholm and Robin Hobb both write fantasy, but in very different styles and in different ?slices? of the genre. Megan Lindholm?s best known book is probably Wizard of the Pigeons, a contemporary fantasy set in modern day Seattle. By using two different pseudonyms, she is able to let the reader know which voice they are going to be getting in a particular book.

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ISBN: 9780007588978
ISBN-10: 0007588976
Series: Tawny Man
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 816
Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 5.2
Weight (kg): 0.55