The triumphant conclusion to our three thrilling fantasy series,
from the author of the bestselling Farseer and Liveship traders
trilogies. The moving end to the tale of the Farseers, in which
kingdoms must stand or fall on the beat of a dragon's wings, or a
Fool's heart. A small and sadly untried coterie -- the old assassin
Chade, the serving-boy Thick, Prince Dutiful, and his reluctant
Skillmaster, Fitz -- sail towards the distant island of Aslevjal.
There they must fulfil the Narcheska's challenge to her betrothed:
to lay the head of the dragon Icefyre, whom legends tell is buried
there deep beneath the ice, upon her hearth. Only with the
completion of this quest can the marriage proceed, and the
resulting alliance signal an end to war between the two kingdoms.
It is not a happy ship: tensions between the folk of the Six
Duchies and their traditional enemies, the Outislanders, lie just
beneath the surface. Thick is constantly ill, and his random but
powerful Skilling has taken on a dark and menacing tone, while
Chade's fascination with the Skill is growing to the point of
obsession. Having ensured that his beloved friend the Fool is
safely left behind in Buckkeep, Fitz is guilt-stricken; but he is
determined to keep his fate at bay, since prophecy foretells the
Fool's death if he ever sets foot on the isle of the black dragon.
But as their ship draws in towards Aslevjal a lone figure awaits