Re: How highly do you rate Hobb?
if i think about it, i'd have to list Lady Patience as my favourite character in the series... I loved her eccentricity. and her always being just a bit (or a lot) dirty from her gardening. She like a strange aunt who gives odd advice, and says and does odd things - that to her are completely rational.
Patience would have to be the only character i liked right through her story arc.
Didn't like the Fool much in any series, and early Fitz - the brat Fitz - i liked, the later Fitz/Tom Badgerlock i didn't...