Robin Hobb was born in California in 1952 and majored in Communications at Denver University, Colorado. Assassin's Apprentice was her first novel, and was followed by the equally successful Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest. She lives outside Seattle, Washington.
To bring an end to war in the Six Duchies, FitzChivalry Farseer and his companions, Chade and Thick, sail to the icebound realm of Aslevjal, where the great black dragon, Icefyre, lies sleeping. Armed with his father's sword, FitzChivalry risks his life in a cause greater than himself. The author of the "Liveship Traders" and the "Farseer" trilogies concludes her tale of reluctant hero FitzChivalry in grand style. Hobb's rich, vibrant, and unique world, filled with sentient ships, magical beasts, and fascinating characters, deserves exposure to a wide audience. Highly recommended. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Robin Hobb: The Golden Fool 'Complexity and complex world-building are effortlessly dashed off' PUBLISHING NEWS Fool's Errand 'In today's crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb's books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons' GEORGE R R MARTIN Assassin's Apprentice: 'A wonderful book, written by a writer at the height of her abilities' J V JONES Assassin's Quest: 'An enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama' KIRKUS REVIEWS
In Hobb's riveting conclusion to the Tawny Man series in the Farseer world (after Fool's Errand and Golden Fool), FitzChivalry Farseer and the man known as the Fool follow the dizzying, complex and treacherous steps that destiny has arranged for them-even though they both know that the end of the dance leads to agonizing decisions and, ultimately, death. Thrown in with Fitz and the Fool are a band of travelers who are on a quest to seek the head of the dragon Icefyre so that Prince Dutiful Farseer may marry the Narcheska Elliania. Most of the group find the time-consuming undertaking difficult and repugnant, for none of them truly wants to kill the ice-bound dragon, not even the Narcheska, it seems. All, however, are duty-bound to honor their word. Since the Fool has foreseen that all the possible consequences of killing the dragon spell his doom, his is the lone voice of dissent. With its carefully modulated tension, wonderful final revelation and strong characters who remain true to themselves throughout, this series may well become a classic in the fantasy field. (Feb. 10) Forecast: This completes the nine-volume Farseer series (Assassin's Apprentice, etc.), but a tiny hole leaves room for more books. The pseudonymous Hobb, whose real name is Megan Lindholm, may find it had to resist popular demand. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.