The much-anticipated final conclusion to the Fitz and the Fool trilogy.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.
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To Fitz and the Fool.
My best friends for over twenty years.
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Chapter One: Bee Stings
Chapter Two: The Silver Touch
Chapter Three: In the Mountains
Chapter Four: Chalced
Chapter Five: The Bargain
Chapter Six: Revelations
Chapter Seven: Beggar
Chapter Eight: Tintaglia
Chapter Nine: The Tarman
Chapter Ten: Bee’s Book
Chapter Eleven: Passage
Chapter Twelve: The Liveship Paragon
Chapter Thirteen: Full Sails
Chapter Fourteen: Paragon’s Bargain
Chapter Fifteen: Trader Akriel
Chapter Sixteen: The Pirate Isles
Chapter Seventeen: Serpent Spit
Chapter Eighteen: Silver Ships and Dragons
Chapter Nineteen: Another Ship, Another Journey
Chapter Twenty: Belief
Chapter Twenty-One: Under Sail