Fool's Assassin

Fool's Assassin

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"Nearly twenty years ago, Robin Hobb burst upon the fantasy scene with the first of her acclaimed Farseer novels, Assassin's Apprentice, which introduced the characters of FitzChivalry Farseer and his uncanny friend the Fool. A watershed moment in modern fantasy, this novel--and those that followed--broke exciting new ground in a beloved genre. Together with George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb helped pave the way for such talented new voices as Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, and Naomi Novik. Over the years, Hobb's imagination has soared throughout the mythic lands of the Six Duchies in such bestselling series as the Liveship Traders Trilogy and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. But no matter how far she roamed, her heart always remained with Fitz. And now, at last, she has come home, with an astonishing new novel that opens a dark and gripping chapter in the Farseer saga. FitzChivalry--royal bastard and former king's assassin--has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz's past. and his future. Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one. Praise for Robin Hobb and the Farseer Trilogy "Fantasy as it ought to be written. Robin Hobb's books are diamonds in a sea of zircons."--George R. R. Martin "A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies. a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne."--Publishers Weekly, on Assassin's Apprentice "This is the kind of book you fall into, and start reading slower as you get to the end, because you don't want it to be over."--Steven Brust, on Assassin's Apprentice "[Robin] Hobb continues to revitalize a genre that often seems all too generic, making it new in ways that range from the subtle to the shocking."--Locus, on Royal Assassin "[Royal Assassin] reaches astonishing new heights. The Farseer saga is destined for greatness--a must-read for every devotee of epic fantasy."--Sense of Wonder "An enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review), on Assassin's Quest "Superbly written, wholly satisfying, unforgettable: better than any fantasy trilogy in print--including mine!"--Melanie Rawn, on Assassin's Quest"-- Provided by publisher.
"FitzChivalry--royal bastard and former king's assassin--has left his life of court intrigue at Buckkeep far behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married and leading the quiet life of a country squire with his beloved Molly. The only fly in the ointment is the disappearance of his beloved childhood friend, the Fool, with whom he once shared so much. But for a former royal assassin, a quiet life is hard to maintain when old allegiances keep trying to pull him back, and new enemies come calling.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553392425
Characteristics: 667 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Dec 20, 2017

This is one of those fantasy novels where you end up caring more about the characters than the world around them. Hobbs as an author really has an amazing talent for making you care for the characters and what happens to them. While this book was slower-paced it made up for it in a passionate and powerful slow burn that focused on the relationships between the characters.

As someone who doesn't really continue on with series as I tend to jump from book to book, I always make an exception with Hobb's books. You really get to know the characters and see their growth throughout the books. This always has me captivated as I truly feel that I am on an epic adventure with these people. Overall, if you want a book where you build a strong connection, dare I say friendship, with the characters Hobbs without a doubt will not disappoint.

Sep 08, 2017

I found this book to be very slow. I believe this is supposed to be a setup book, but it doesn't really explain anything that is going on. I found the author repeatedly reinforcing items in this book to a tiring degree. It's like a bad TV show where nothing really happens until the last five minutes to get you to read the next book. I wanted this book to be great. The little snippets that you do get make you want more and to try to push through the tedium. However, I found the main character's personal insecurities and self deprecation to be annoying to a point that I don't believe I will read the next book in this series.

Feb 07, 2015

entire series is fantastic!

Feb 01, 2015

Loved the book - so well written and I enjoyed the time spent on character development. Am impatient for the next one.

thunderingfox Dec 24, 2014

Read the Farseer trilogy and then skipped ahead to read this book as it is clearly about Fitzchivalry again. Sadly the author is very aware that this will be a trilogy and very little plot development need be wasted on the first book. Also the constant "flashbacks" that attempt to fill in the stories from previous books, get really tedious after a while and I started to skip them.

For a supposedly intelligent protagonist,Fitz/Tom seems to stumble around making amazingly stupid decisions.

Will read the next book but am getting a little tired of stretching one good book into 3 mediocre ones

Nov 22, 2014

There's new characters to meet and old ones to catch up on. Slowly the picture gets drawn and the participants become known to us. At the end, the pace picks up a lot. This is Hobb in my favorite of her milieus and it is a great read.


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