2006-07-22 · in Books, Realm of the Elderlings · 98 words

The final instalment of Fitz's story in the Elderlings universe. I found the telling of the expedition to find Icefyre more effective than that in "Assassin's Quest"; Hobb concentrates on the characters rather than on the setting. There's some extremely moving stuff with the Fool and Fitz, and the extraordinarily comprehensive ending is satisfying without being cloying. Thoroughly recommended; I didn't want it to end! I see Robin Hobb's started a new universe for her latest two books; hopefully she'll come back to this one at some point.