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Fool's Assassin: Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy Hardcover – August 12, 2014
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Praise for Fool’s Assassin
“[Robin] Hobb knows the complicated workings of the wayward human heart, and she takes time to depict them in her tale, to tell her story sweetly, insistently, compellingly. . . . A book meant to be inhabited rather than run through.”—The Seattle Times
“[FitzChivalry Farseer is] one of the best characters in fantasy literature.”—Fantasy Book Review
“[Hobb’s] prose sparkles, her characters leap off the page.”—Tor.com
“Modern fantasy at its irresistible best.”—The Guardian
“Fantastic . . . emotionally rich storytelling.”—Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Robin Hobb
“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin
About the Author
Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, the Soldier Son Trilogy, and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She is a native of Washington State.
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The series ended and Ms. Hobb apparently never saw fit to answer the question. Then, lo and behold, Robin Hobb surprises her fans by bringing back Fitz and the Fool in this latest series - "Fitz and the Fool Trilogy." So much time had gone by that I didn't rush to buy the first book. I had moved on to historical romance novels and was not as interested in Fitz and the Fool as I had been at one time in my life. Then, I finally decided to buy this book and read it. Why in the world I didn't read it when it first came out boggles my mind. I loved it. I was riveted. At the end of the day, I was glad I had waited because now I can immediately jump into Book #2 in this series. Thank you Ms. Hobb for giving your fans more of these two fabulous characters. Plus, we have a new character - a little girl named Bee.
Do you need to read the earlier books. Not really. But doing so will enrich the experience of reading this book as the reader will have background in things like the magical practice of "Skilling" and Fitz' boyhood. One scene at the end that involves a dog is even more meaningful to reader if they know of Fitz' past. (can't say more here about this.)
I think this is wonderful to see fantasy moving into dealing with the typical daily life and inner workings of characters. Hobb does this throughout the earlier works, but here the focus is on character and this book covers a number of years. If you want slice and dice fantasy, this is not it.
This book is magical and endearing and also thoughtful. Once you get hooked on Fitz you can't wait for the next book. For the first time in my life I made myself read only two chapters a night to draw out the experience!!! I wanted to read this all at once, but did not want it to be over.
Thank you, Robin Hobb!! Can't wait for the next one.................. or two or three.
I loved everything about this. The first half picks us up during the happy, intrigue-free days of Fitz's life at Withywoods. While maddeningly teasing with only hints of trouble, the writing and the details woven into this setup make for an engaging, savor-worthy read.
Morose and introspective as Fitz can be, much of his character and the dynamics he juggles with other key players are entirely relatable. Life happens and all the while, the real pending doom and gloom can be found in the Fool's glaring absence "on stage".
And when the wayward soulmate finally surfaces, it's all you can do not to get swept along in the undercurrent of the more epic plot.
Laugh, cry, pause and stare at the wall for a moment...I'm a raving fangirl of Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings, and this book did not disappoint.