In a great conclusion to what many call an epic tale, Beloved and FitzChivalry Farseer go on a journey of vengeance and discovery, only to find out the peace that they were searching for may have been inside themselves all along.
At times redundant and sentimental, every word of this manuscript really dives into the relationships of two characters we watched grow up through pain and great amounts of suffering.
Robin Hobb's works always tend more toward character study than a forward and fast plot, but this book almost had too much plot for me. I've read these books for over a decade, including all of her other trilogies set in the same world, and they all come to clash and mesh into what feels like a long sentimental and final goodbye.
Bee Farseer (which this trilogy really focuses on), is a great character, combining so many different personalities into one tiny and powerful package made for a great read. While we visited A LOT of old friends, Bee always remained the most interesting to me, even if the story started to veer into old territory.
The Fool, who I consider to be one of my favorite characters in literature, begins to show his true colors as the book reaches its final conclusion. Selfishness, vanity, conceit, duality, and manipulativeness all come into play, and it isn't really that bad to see all of those traits finally start to come out at one time.
Fitz has made many a long journey, and none so far as to deal vengeance for his stolen child, but in the end we see more of what makes his character weak, instead of strong, and what characteristics tend to make the Fool vain and narcissistic. Fitz's friendships and life goals finally start to reap great rewards in this chapter of his life, and it's about time.
In the end all our heroes are people, and maybe all they really needed was attention and true love shown to one another.
*I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*