Title: Fool's Fate
Author: Robin Hobb
Length: 631 pages
Banter Points: This is the last installment in Hobb's Tawny Man Trilogy, which follows up on her earlier series -- the Farseer Trilogy and the Liveship Trilogy. Fool's Fate picks up directly where Golden Fool left readers, with FitzChivalry Farseer getting ready to accompany Prince Dutiful on his quest to slay a dragon to form an alliance between his kingdom and the OutIslands. All his life, FitzChivalry has set aside his life in service to the Farseer throne, but as the quest for the dragon unfolds,the dangerous fate of his boyhood the Fool prompts Fitz to wrest control of his own life back from those that would run it for him.
Bummer Points: Hobb's fantasy rises above so much of what's in the market, that it's a shame that this series of trilogies is finally over.
Word Nerd recommendation: Go back to the beginning and read it all. Fans of Tolkein or George R. R. Martin or Stephen Donaldson will likely enjoy Hobb.