A list of pieces of information I either never noticed or forgot about, gathered during my reread. Posts for the other Farseer novels to follow.
1. Chivalry Farseer, despite never appearing in person, is mentioned at least once in every single chapter of this book save the two-page epilogue.
2. Nighteyes (presumably) makes his first appearance at the end of the book, not in Royal Assassin; unless we are to assume that it is Hap speaking when Fitz tells us that “Somewhere, a friend says softly, ‘No.’”
3. Cob, the stablehand to whom Burrich briefly entrusts Fitz and little Nosy to when they first arrive in Buckkeep (”Are you hungry, then, fitz? Shall we go find you a bite?”), is the same person who becomes Regal’s - and runs into the room to melodramatically warn Prince Rurisk that Fitz has apparently poisoned the wine.
4. Fitz’s first spoken line is ‘Boy’.
5. Chivalry and Rurisk were together when Chivalry was told about Fitz and they talked about how Chivalry should react.
6. The first time we meet Regal, he’s in scarlet (as opposed to Buck blue - and everyone’s familiar with the later red/blue dichotomy in the trilogy).
7. Hod is the first character to call Fitz “Fitz” with a capital “F”; before that he’s “boy”, “fitz” or “the fitz” (except when he’s “Newboy” in the town).
8. “It was common knowledge in the keep that the King’s Fool could not abide the light of day” (AA, p140)
9. The Fool once told Fitz that he should not wear yellow (AA, p229). It’s not clear if this was referring to a singular occasion, or that Fitz should not ever wear yellow.
10. Chyurda is a very musical language; Fitz notes that “the note of word was as important as the pronounciation” (AA p387)
So I’m rereading the RotE books in anticipation of Fool’s Quest, and I noticed something about the ages - everyone is so much younger than I pictured. Because:
August is two years Fitz’s junior when they begin skill-training - which means he’s ten years old. Which also means that he’s twelve when Verity accidentally blasts the Skill out of him, and thirteen when Fitz describes him as gone to Withywoods to live as a gentleman.
Regal is less than a decade older than Fitz. I kind of knew this, but I didn’t realise that that means at the beginning of Assassin’s Apprentice, when Regal’s looking at sleeping Fitz in the stall at Moonseye and nattering on about “my mother the queen”, he’s fifteen at the oldest, if not younger. Which is weirdly hilarious to me. Verity’s “oh” responses are kind of funnier now, because Regal’s still basically a teenager. It also means that Regal’s no older than me (24) when he has Fitz tortured :/
And if Verity is 33 when he marries Kettricken who is 18 (Fitz specifies both of these in AA), and Fitz is 14, then Regal is, at oldest, 23 - ten years younger than Verity, five years older than Kettricken.
Kettricken is therefore approximately 21 when she tracks Verity down through the Mountains, making Verity around 36 when he dies.
If Verity and Chivalry are two years apart (it says in Royal Assassin), and Chivalry dies when Fitz is about 10 (I think), Verity was 28 and Chivalry was 30.
Chivalry abdicated when he was about 26, which means he lived for about four years afterwards. ish.
Sometimes I am so lonely for him; it is like being the only one of something in the world. Like the very last wolf, hunting alone.
Verity Farseer, Royal Assassin.
Question to discuss: do we think that either Verity or Chivalry was witted?
I think the possibility of them having strong ability with the wit (like Burrich or even Fitz) is relatively low, but a small ability with it is possible. Chivalry I mention mostly because he’s Fitz’s father and Verity’s brother - we don’t see any evidence either way. There are a few hints with Verity: his close relationship with his dog, his sympathy to Fitz’s abilities (he knows about Fitz’s ability before he leaves for the mountains and only remarks that you have to use all the resources you have).
Alternatively, the emphasis on his relationship with his dog could just be due to seeing him through Fitz’s eyes. Fitz puts how a person treats animals fairly highly when judging them, so it makes sense that he brings this aspect of Verity’s personality to the foreground when he talks about him. And then Verity’s sympathy to Fitz’s ability, perhaps, comes from him not only being a very kind person but also a strongly skilled one - something that provokes a great deal of empathy in him. He can’t see what the Wit is through his Skill, if I recall correctly, but he can probably sense how Fitz feels about it and judges Fitz’s character to be true and therefore that he can trust him.
I’d love to write a piece on animal symbolism in these books, but I suspect it would be endless. What’s the significance of Fitz, Verity, and Burrich all being connected (one way or another) to dogs? And therefore, is that why the Cat that Dutiful bonds to is a cat; a disruption of the pattern that makes it stand out and feel unnatural to the reader?
Finally, and only tenuously related: where does Dutiful get his Wit from? Kettricken, Verity, Fitz, or all three?
Do you have any fantasy recs? (I love epic fantasy and high fantasy specifically, but any will do ❤️️)
Thank you so much for asking me! I am a big fan of fantasy and love reading high fantasy every now and then.
It would be nice to know what you have already read so I can eliminate a few from my long list but here we go, I will try to keep it concise:
1. The Realm of Elderlings series by Robin Hobb. Start with ‘The Farseer Trilogy’. Anything by Robin Hobb is my absolute favourite. Honestly, you will not be disappointed. Once I started reading her, I found other books lacking. Robin’s prose are excellent. The Farseer Trilogy is about Fitz who is a bastard son of Prince Chivalry Farseer. Fitz is adopted into the royal household, and taught how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin. Fitz has the Wit magic too, which allows him to talk to animals.
2. The Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells. Start with The Cloud Roads. This is high fantasy and you will instantly fall in love with it. Moon is a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success.
3. The Legend of the First Empire Books by Michael J. Sullivan. You start with the Age of Myth. It is suppose to have 5 to 6 books in the series but the author hasn’t decided yet.
A God well respected, Fhrey, is invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever.
4. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy) by N. K. Jemisin. Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north but to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms!
5. Currently I am reading a stand-alone book: The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher. Lord Crevan demands that Rhea, a miller’s daughter, visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arrival, she discovers that his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. I have only read about 50 pages but it is really well written and the author has a nice sense of humor.
Hope this helps! I could go on and on. Let me know if you have already read these, I have a quite a few more I can suggest!
AHHHHHH I love Bee and I don’t know her XDD Hope you like it ♥♥
spoilers, please! I only read the first book of “ The Tawny man
trilogy” and in my country the second book will be published in November
2016 - I get “spoiler” about Bee and other things D: XDD* Don’t ask me why don’t read in English. I can’t read it, my English is poor T^T. Thank you
Hi my name is FitzChivalry Farseer and I have long ebony black hair and I’m a bastard (that’s how I got my name) with one white streak that reaches my mid-back and icy black eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Chivalry Farseer (AN: if u don’t know who he is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Burrich but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m a bastard but my teeth are straight and white. I have mid-brown skin. I’m also an assassin, and I go to training with Chade in a secret room in the castle (I’m fourteen). I’m a bastard (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly scruffy shit. I love Mistress Hasty and I get all my clothes from her. For example today I was wearing a buckkeep-blue shirt and brown leather trousers, a buckkeep-blue jacket and brown winter boots. I was wearing no lipstick, no foundation, no eyeliner and no eye shadow. I was walking outside Buckkeep. It was snowing and raining so there was no sun, which I was very happy about. Regal stared at me. I put up my middle finger at him.
So I noticed no one had done this yet and we were talking about bad fanfic on the skype chat so…
Aawww ♥ The fool when he was a Child ♥♥ I LOVE HIM SO MUCH
Hope you like it ♥
spoiler, I only read the first book of “ The Tawny man trilogy” and in
my country the second book will be published in November 2016 Don’t ask me why don’t read in English. I can’t read English. My English is very poor and I always need a translator. Thank you :3