Robin Hobb ends her Tawny Man trilogy with FOOL'S FATE (4.5), the final installment in the tale of Fitzchivalry Farseer and his companions. With the goal of peace between Fitz's six duchies and the Outislandir Raiders, a marriage is arranged for Prince Dutiful, with a bride-price of the head of Icefyre, the legendary dragon. Dutiful, the assassin Chade, the servant boy Thick and the Skillmaster Fitz journey to the frozen island where Icefyre lies sleeping. The Fool, the titular Tawny Man, opposes the dragon-killing, knowing the island holds his final destiny, and Fitz tries to deceive the man for his own good. Fans of this outstanding epic fantasy series will be satisfied by the final tale and sorry to see it end. (Feb., 640 pp., $24.95)

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Jen Talley Exum