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Fool's Assassin: Book I of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy Kindle Edition
“[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.”—Tordotcom
“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
- ASIN : B00HBQUF8S
- Publisher : Del Rey (August 12, 2014)
- Publication date : August 12, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4454 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 706 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,271 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard grandchild to King Shrewd, is dead (supposedly) and Fitz is doing a good job keeping it that way. Living now as Tom Badgerlock, wife to Molly, and step-father to his biological daughter Nettle, Tom is a country gentleman living out his days in his father's estate, Withywoods. Years have passed since we last saw Fitz, and this book does a good job of catching us up on who he is today.
Taking place almost completely at Withywoods, it doesn't have the adventure of most of the other books, but I still found it exciting and compelling to read. My Kindle says I read it in 9 days.
If you are a fan of the prior Farseer books, this is a must read, and I expect the next two to be the same. If you haven't read the prior Farseer books, go back to Assassin's Apprentice. You have 12 books to read before this one. You won't be disappointed, this is Epic Fantasy at its finest.
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.
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Reading as keenly as I do, I have a policy now of abandoning books which fail to capture my attention through action, wit, interesting and empathetic characters, engaging plot/storyline, etc, - etc in other words all the good things that keep us reading and wanting more.
This particular volume holds my personal record for abandonment at 85 pages - I couldn't face any more after that. Why ?
Well, while Hobb doesn't assume a lot knowledge on the part of the reader, what she does is make constant, tedious references to the events of earlier stories which for me soon started to have the effect of simply not shifting the story along.
The story itself, by the point I gave up hadn't really been revealed what with the references I mentioned, the pedantic and rather self-obsessed central character, described by another 1 * reviewer quite accurately as a right old woman (he's supposed to be an assassin for pity's sake !), the lengthy conversations about very little held by characters using the 'Skill' and the red herrings ( or apparent ones anyway ).
If she'd have simply come up with a new character life would've been a lot simpler for everyone instead of picking up on the rather staid and domestic existence Fitz now finds himself living in this drudgery decades after the original work. OMG - the details of the domestic arrangements would drive you to distraction having to wade through them in the vain hope of some action or plot development or unexpected event.
It's actually incredible to think that an author managed to insert such a variety of boredom into a mere eighty odd pages.
Seriously folks, always read the reviews - I usually find that if 15% + are one or two stars, it's likely a turkey - this one is !
So far so good and the opening of the book at Withywoods, the estate he is on, is largely calm and fairly idyllic. The characters there and around him, as well as the landscape, are well drawn out. Odd things do happen and the pace and tension gradually increase with the “odd things” becoming stranger maybe and more pressing. This is quite a slow burn story for the first half or a little more.
I really do prefer not to spoil stories for those who have not read them so I will simply say that a new character, Bee, arrives on the scene. I very quickly came to love Bee as a character however her arrival in the book took me from disbelief to disbelief via incredulity. The pace of the book steadily increases and the tension mounts. You just know something is going to happen and the last 25% of the book I found almost impossible to put down. It has that characteristic of a really good book when you don’t want it to end but you can’t stop reading.
For me this was an excellent follow up to the previous series which have involved Fitz Farseer. I bought book two as soon as I finished this book. I’m just not sure how long I can possibly put of reading it for. Then again book three is not out until May 2017 so maybe I should pace myself! If you like Robin Hobb’s work you really should read this. If you like high quality fantasy books and haven’t tried Hobb’s work then do try the original Farseer Trilogy.
In this we meet Fitz again, years after his adventures. He is settled now with Molly and living at Withywoods. Patience is there and he's still in touch with all in Buck.
But things begin to go wrong, starting one Winterfest...
Hobb introduces a brand new character to the mix, and brings some old ones back too. Although some are sadly lost to mortality as things progress.
Every bit as good as the Farseer and Tawny Man trilolgies first books were, if not better.
Nothing is as fantastic in all ways as a Robin Hobb novel.
I was quite amused to see, at the end of one of the books, that the author George R R Martin had complemented her writing style, saying "Fantasy as it ought to be written" Maybe he can now emulate Robin's style.