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Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
Was there ever any doubt?
I read a lot. Short books, chunky books, poetry books, prose books, borrowed books, fantasy, crime, children’s, thrillers, romances… pretty much anything. I have not yet found another author who can hurt me so mercilessly as Robin Hobb.
Fool’s Fate is the culmination of a dozen interwoven storylines over nine books and it will break your heart. I read this when I was recovering from a foot operation, so my days were spent largely alone at home. Fitz and the Fool, already so dear to me, became my world.
My writing partner, S.E. Berrow, will remember the days I read Fool’s Fate because, as she had already read it, I was keeping her updated with my progress. In the space of 48 hours, I became so miserably enraged with what was happening to the characters I loved, I literally threw the book away from me (on to the sofa, where it was completely undamaged, I promise). I don’t throw books, I treat them like baby chicks, but Fool’s Fate was hurting me so much, I needed it physically away from me.
Does anyone remember that episode of Friends when Joey hides a book in the fridge?
Yeah, that was me.
I wanted to stop reading. I truly did. But I couldn’t. So, a few hours later, I picked up the book again and didn’t stop reading until the wee hours of the morning. I was on the edge of my seat, I bawled my eyes out, I had my heart broken and pieced together again… and I sent S.E. Berrow a stream of text messages all through the night that documented my complete emotional breakdown. She finds those messages amusing to this very day.
I highly recommend Robin Hobb to anyone with the ability to read. My signed copy of Fool’s Fate sits pride of place on my bookshelf and always will.