This was the final volume of The Farseer Trilogy, and I enjoyed this a lot, just as I did the other two. It was long, more than 800 pages, but the tension was held almost to the last pages – Hobb doesn’t spend her time winding down, it’s all action and misery.
The protagonist, Fitz, has a habit of almost dying and miraculously recovering, and it did get a tiny bit trivial at one point. But apart from that, this was a really well-crafted novel. All the pieces of the puzzle fit, and even the most horribly evil forces have a point to them. There’s no black and white in this universe, and that seems to me a rather impressive feat in a fantasy universe that is to a large extent built on clichés.
This trilogy was, as far as I’ve understood, Hobb’s great claim to fame (understandably), but I see now that she’s written no less than three other trilogies set in the same universe, and one follows Fitz 15 years later. As much as I enjoyed this trilogy, I’m not sure I’ll read anymore Hobb. This was a great read, and I think I’ll leave it at that.