Group read: Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb - Farseer trilogy
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Some thoughts whilst reading:
"Chade says you have been my boy too long. Chade's boy, Verity's boy, even Patience's boy. That we kept you a boy and looked after you too much. He believes that when a man's decisions came to you, you made them as a boy. Impulsively. Intending to be right, intending to be good. But intentions are not good enough."
"I think you decide as an animal would. Always in the now, with never a thought for tomorrow or what you recall from yesterday."
>2 Arifel: Yes, that's also annoying me!
For now, things are interesting but I have to tear myself away as RL is interfering...
ETA well, we got some explanation of Wit, Skill and Old Blood. I hope we revisit that.
ETA: I’ve lost track again, but I think Fitz is about 16-18ish now? We had this discussion before. Does anyone remember?
I suspect Hobb only meant to set this trilogy in Buck with Fitz & associates, but the third trilogy (if I remember correctly) sort of messes up the idea that he's looking back from lonely old age. But I could be wrong; I'll see when I get there.
Much like Lady Capulet (who is about 28 in Romeo and Juliet) I envisage Patience as about ten to twenty years older than she actually must be but she’s in the prime of life while pulling together the defence of Buck.
And I can’t remember Fitz actually assassinating anyone at the behest of the royal family, in amongst all the welter of action and detail.
I had never thought to be disdained by a tree.And he still has a lot of growing up to do *sigh*:
I accepted their ridicule by sulking manfully. They ignored that, too.
ETA: I’ve got my own little boys. And still one more week of holidays *groan* My sympathy is not with Fitz :0)
ETA : I realise that the time at which Fitz writes the chapter prefaces, it's not much later than the end of the story, so he's maybe in his mid to late twenties? Not so very old.
>6 humouress: Yes, 16-18 sounds about right to me for this book.
>8 humouress: I'm not sure about his father's age though - maybe mid 40s (if he'd lived). I could understand that Prudence in her 40s might seem quite old to a teenager.
>11 humouress: 'ETA : I realise that the time at which Fitz writes the chapter prefaces, it's not much later than the end of the story, so he's maybe in his mid to late twenties? Not so very old.'
Yes, I think when I started reading the trilogy I got the impression Fitz was writing the chapter prefaces much later but I wouldn't say more than 5 years had passed putting him in his early 20s. I think it's his focus on his injuries and health problems in the prefaces that made me assume he was much older. I think he feels old and weary in himself but I'm not sure if that's how other people see him.
After 3 books I was happy to be rid of Regal :-)
We could have savoured his comeuppance a bit longer >0) *evil grin*