With yet another horrid book in this world having come out this year; ‘The Fool’s Assassin’ I can’t help but make a scathing review on how terrible the Farseer trilogy was. With every series being claimed to be ‘not as good as the ones that came before’ I was shocked at how bad the original trilogy was, making me feel that reading the later books would only work as an act of masochism. I’m not just going to rant about how bad they are but give the reason as to why. Firstly, this is a Bildungsroman story, being the slow raising of a young main character and what a depressing and whining character he is. However, even with a character being consistently pathetic through the books it could still be acceptable But.Not.If.He’s.The.Only.Fucking.POV.In.The.Whole.Fucking.Trilogy! Fuck Farseer!
Admittedly I might have given the first books a 4 or 5 (out of 100) after I let a smidgen of nostalgia give it some flavor but then I remember the grotesque, indeed painful ending of the third book and I can’t help but think what kind of sadistic editor read through this thing and then thought it should be published. As a whole the series is as detached from its own events and characters as anyone who reads it, not even the character’s abilities have a point. There are literally sentences that go ‘After a few assassinations I was beginning to get the hang of it.’ without having gone through a single one in detail whatsoever! This exact line is repeated in book two but with the word ‘assassination’ being replaced with ‘battles’, once again with no explanation of these battles at all. I would never recommend these books, in fact I will go one further and warn that any reader who sees these covers should stay away or approach with extreme prejudice. There’s a reason I put every cover I could find of them in the image section, they’re warning posters against a literary pathogen.