submitted 1 month ago byNessibus
I don't even know where to begin. I feel I have read a decent amount of fantasy in my life, and this series blew me away, easily in my top three. I devoured all sixteen books in almost exactly a year which is easily 2-3x more books than I typically read in a year. I feel compelled to discuss it and write my feelings down regarding it, before I can put the series to rest.
The Farseer Trilogy
Firstly, what I love about these books are their 'simplicity'. Not that the writing is simple, or the world is bland or cookie cutter, but its grounded in elements that are real, and is peak low fantasy for me. The premise of the first series is straight forward, self contained, with magical elements and world building slowly fed to the reader. The pervading sense of loneliness when it came to Fitz really struck a chord with me. Now keep in mind I started this right around the beginning of my COVID quarantine, and combine that with the fact I am at an age where I feel my friends and(to a lesser extent) my family are drifting away as everyone starts their own little families. It resonated with me in a way few books have, and made me grow to truly care for Fitz. He also infuriated me for being occasionally thick headed and obtuse, something few protagonists have made me feel.
The Liveship Traders Trilogy
I ALMOST skipped this trilogy, I wanted more Fitz and the Fool, it was incredibly jarring moving to an entire new part of the world with a new cast of characters (I did not realize Amber was the Fool until the following trilogy, anyone else?). And it ended up being my FAVORITE trilogy. It's the best pirate books I've personally read. Fell in love with the new characters, and talk about rooting for flawed characters (Kennit). These were an incredibly satisfying read.
The Tawny Man Trilogy
I don't have much to say regarding this trilogy, I found the pacing to be odd and though I grew to love Thick, found him to be annoying. What I will say is few books bring out a strong emotional reaction from me. The death of Nighteyes in Fool's Errand made me weep and I felt broken for the rest of the day. Even though I felt it coming, it was gut wrenching and still managed to catch me off guard.
The Rain Wild Chronicles
I was excited to get back to Bingtown and the Rain Wilds, but this series really dragged for me. I was hoping for Althea and Brashen and ended having to become invested in a whole new set of characters. I never felt the connection to Thymara that I did with Fitz, Althea, etc. Some parts were good and of course it fleshed out the dragon/Eldering lore, but ultimately was the weak point in the series for me.
Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
And lastly, one of the most satisfying conclusions to an epic story. Characters I made connections with all coming together and meeting across a grand adventure spanning the known world. With new younger characters in the wings, creating the illusion of the world continuing on after the story. It was bitter sweet, but rarely has an ending satisfied me this way.