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Fool’s Assassin (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1) by [Hobb, Robin]
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'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. Martin

Robin Hobb returns to her best loved characters in a brand new series.

Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.

But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more…

On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing.

Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger?

Suddenly Fitz's violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2635 KB
  • Print Length: 641 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (12 August 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IHS20P0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I am so delighted to be reunited with Fitz and the Fool. Of course, poor Fitz has had an allotted spell of peace and love on the farm and now is to be dumped back into the thick of Politics,Terrorism and general death and destruction.
I enjoy Robin Hobb's Fitz books so much.
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Hobbs' Assassin and Tawny Man books are the best books of all time, I love them more than Tolkien, more than George Martin, more than J K Rowling, more than J V Jones,...you get it. Was over the moon when she announced the new series, "Fitz and the Fool". Pre-ordered for both kindle and hardcopy. What a let-down...... It is downright confusing and jumps years at a time, leaving out key events. It is quite repetitive and there are some downright awful characters who don't add any value to the book. One had potential, waited for him to redeem himself...but nothing. His actions didn't make sense or ring true to his supposed emotions at the time and he is as dumb as two planks. One of the 2 main characters turns up in the last few minutes of reading, really (alright, if it was a movie, it would be the last 5 minutes! - within the last couple of chapters for the book, I guess). There is one wonderful new character but again, seems like a lot of attention paid to set certain scenarios, none of which ever come to fruition (I'm trying not to introduce too may spoilers, sorry if vague). I am so disappointed, the prior series are so incredible but this book simply hasn't lived up to them. I hope she pulls it together in the next one.
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By Rebecca on 1 September 2016
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This book is almost as good the previous books.
I think a catch-up chapter would've been better than scattering old information through the book.
Twists were easier to guess than past books. You could see them coming, rather than being blindsided.
Still a brilliant book!!
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If you've read and enjoyed her previous trilogies (and I strongly recommend you start at the beginning if you haven't), then you have to read this. The broad tale of Fitz continues to unfold in a thoroughly engrossing way. Can't wait to start the next book!
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Was apprehensive about starting on this series because the previous series ended so well, and part of me did not want to ruin the happy-ending feeling I had for Fitz. However, reading this book was like meeting old friends again. Two thumbs up.
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I'll be up front - I've loved Robin Hobb's writing since I was thirteen, so there's no possible way I can be unbiased in my review. That said, I'll give it a shot.

This book returns to the character FitzChivalry who, after many years and trials, has settled down with his beloved Molly. After everything that Fitz has gone through it was lovely to see him well and truly happy for a change. The responsible family man is not a role that I've envisioned Fitz in, so kudos to Hobb for making it flow as a natural progression of the character.

It's difficult to talk about certain plot developments without spoiling anything, but I'll do my best. The introduction of a certain character startled me and I was doubtful at first, particularly when she took up so much of the spotlight. However, she turned out to be a complex, likable character that offered some very interesting insight into the workings of a part of this universe that I've been curious about since Assassin's Apprentice. It's always satisfying when a writer can give you simultaneously a better understanding of prior events and a hint of ones to come.

Other characters were introduced that were quite likeable (like Revel and Careful) and others that were less so (like Shun and FitzVigilant). I'm hopeful that this is only the beginning of Shun's journey, however, and that - like Malta before her - we are about to see her progression from a self-centered, amoral little princess to a complex, driven person. My one warning to readers is that this book is slow paced, but deliberately and necessarily so. Like most of Robin Hobb's openings to trilogies, time is needed to set everything up properly for later pay off. The way this is set up, there's going to be some amazing pay off later.
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If you are expecting this book to be up to the same standard as the Farseer trilogy you're going to be let down. For 95% of the book, things are slow in this book, really slow, and has a hard time moving on, getting stuck in a repetitive cycle of conversations. There's a lot of useless character development, and the main characters always seem to miss blatantly obvious plot points, to the point of questioning the characters intelligence. For me it was a frustrating/pointless ending to the book, not a cliff hanger. all that being said, it was still an OK book, but should be called "Fools Middle Aged Friend He Never Sees" instead of Fools Assassin. I'll still read the next ones though, in the hope of it improving.
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After thinking I would never hear from them again....they're back! So wonderful. I loved this. If you know the characters and worlds of R.H well, then the beautiful poignant moments will not be lost on you. Funny, heartbreaking and hopeful, I felt like I was catching up with old friends. The new characters are compelling too, and I really just can't wait to see what happens. If you don't know the characters already, I would suggest going back to the start. I think it's more rewarding, and meaningful moments are possibly not as intense if you don't. That said, it's still a lovely read, and highly recommend it.
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