Fitz can sense life in a dark room but assumes his wife is crazy and can not sense his friend? What is this? 2 critical points in the book and he is witless? - for 2 YEARS! Sorry I am very disappoint.
do we have to wait to find out what happens next? Didn't realize how much I missed this series or characters.
I am so glad to reunited with some of my favorite characters of all time! Now Robin Hobb has introduced me to some NEW BLOOD and I CAN NOT WAIT to find out what happens next!
I will admit I was skeptical after the first 50 or so pages. I thought this was another Hobb disaster like the Soldier Son debacle. But it does get better.
It never gets as good as the Rainwilds series, and doesn't have the interesting characters of her dragon sagas, but I did ultimately enjoy the book.
I will buy the next book when it becomes available. That's about as much praise as this deserves. But I am hoping for better.
For any fan of the Assassin's Apprentice series, this is a dream come true! Be ready for an emotional roller coaster that had me, literally, gripping the edge of my seat as I read.
I could not stop reading this amazing book.
I've read everything from Assassin's Apprentice to the Rainwilds Chronicles. This book was my favorite so far! So cleverly written and wonderfully engaging, I couldn't put it down. It was like falling in love with the Fool all over again... And Nighteyes.
Exceptional. Can't wait for the next one.
I can't wait for the next one!
There are many ways for there to have been a negative point deduction on this review due to plot pacing for Fool's Assassin. However, as a character play- as a progression therein and thereof- this is a magnificent entry in the FitzChivalry series from Robin Hobb. Assuredly, as some reviewers make note, there is a 'long' opening sequence; however, it's a labor of love: to existing fans, and likely to the characters and author who has dedicated nearly 2.5 (published) decades.
With that said, I savored this entry like a rich, delicious red wine. Fitz's growth: absence, weakness. The Withywood additions, extras such as Lant and Shuns additions (certainly Shun was depicted as horrendously narcissistic), the interplay with Molly, and glorious Bee.
Finally as a caveat: this book favors those who've read her earlier Fitz series, so if you haven't, do yourself a favor and pick them up starting with Assassin's Apprentice!
As if any ebook has a cover ... once begun, I was unable to stop. The Fool's Assassin picks up just after the ending of the previous trilogy, adding a new generation of intrigue and mystery. I am captivated by this world of magic, but even more captivated by the use of foresight and visions to weave a complex and ironically unpredictable twists. Hobb's talent is in creating that rare pressure of storytelling, the kind that forces you to read on past fatigue, past reasonable bedtimes. Too soon, I find myself having to get ready for the day not having had nearly enough sleep because I could not resist a few more pages. And now I have gone and done it. I have finished the book all too soon and I immediately regret it. This is the kind of book that any author would be envious to have written.
Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb is the first book in her newest series, The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy. Taking us back into the Six Duchies and again into the life of FitzChivalry Farseer and his lifetime best friend, The Fool.
Fitz is living his life out as Tom Badgerlock, the identity he created for himself decades ago. He is happily married to his childhood love, Molly, and has helped her to raise the last of her and Burrich's children tucked away at Withywoods with his step-mother Patience.
A strange messenger appears one night during Winter Fest and never gets to deliver her message and simply disappears. It is strange but forgettable, until years later the import of this lost messenger is of no consequence. When the next messenger arrives things very rapidly unravel as they can only do in Fitz's life.
Filled with old characters we love, and new characters I think I'm going to love to hate should they make it any further in the series, this world, these people are a welcome place to go. Fitz is like family and as much as I tried to slow down reading to make this last longer - I just HAD to know what was going on.
Leaving things up in the air as only an epic-fantasy trilogy opener can do... the next anticipated book is expected out sometime in 2015 and is titled Fool's Quest.
I so very highly recommend this author and her entire series of books.