Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #1)

Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #1)

by Robin Hobb

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Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 Fool’s Assassin
 
“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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553392913
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Series: Fitz and the Fool Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 57,105
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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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Fool's Assassin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
Before I get into talking specifics about Fool’s Assassin, you should know that Fool’s Fate (the last Hobb book that included these characters) was the story that single-handedly made me want to start a book blog. It was profound and wonderful – a perfect completion to the story arc that had been developing since the Assassin’s Apprentice. I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed the pieces out of that book. Most importantly, it was so mesmerizing that even though I read it a couple of years ago I still remember every detail – it’s likely to stick with me for the rest of my life. I don’t usually have such a profound connection to a story and its characters, but those rare occasions when I do is proof that books are magical. So, having finished Fool’s Fate feeling completely satisfied with the ending, I was thrilled when I found out Hobb decided to continue the story. There’s more?!!!! :D Although several years had passed for the characters, picking up Fool’s Assassin brought me back home. It’s as if nothing had changed – the people were rounded and interesting (because they are too real to be considered mere “characters”), the world was rich and familiar (especially because I’ve since explored more of it in the Liveship Trilogy and the Rain Wild Chronicles), and the plot was totally immersive. Hobb conveys such a great depth of character that I was immediately absorbed back into Fitz’s world. All of the things he’s gone through on his journey came tumbling back over me in waves of joy and sorrow, but I also found myself hopeful for his future as he faced several new challenges. Without giving much away, I feel it’s prudent to point out that Hobb spent a good portion of the book introducing some amazing new characters (don’t worry, there were plenty of meaningful passages with beloved characters too). Because of this, however, the overall arc of the story really didn’t come into play until near the end of the book. A couple of my fellow reviewers didn’t love how long the story took to get going, but seemed to agree that it was still oddly absorbing. While I can definitely see where they are coming from, I love being in Fitz’s world so much that every moment felt golden and purposeful. It gave me new insight into Fitz himself (which I loved seeing) and also made me fall in love with some of the new characters. I think the bond they formed with both Fitz and the reader will be very important going forward. I loved every bit of this book and was incredibly sad when ended. It was heart-wrenching and beautiful, and the next one can’t come too soon. I consider The Fool’s Assassin a must-read for any fan of the series, but would strongly recommend that anyone new to Hobb’s work start with Assassin’s Apprentice, where all the magic began! It takes a while to fully appreciate the beauty of the story, but it is well worth the wait! Niki Hawkes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read many books that made me want to immediately reread it. After finishing this book I cannot stop thinking about the happenings in the story. I crave to know what the next story will bring. The feelings that the author creates within her stories is something I haven't felt the like of from any other stories. Fitz's stories are unmatched, in my mind, by anything else. I love Fitz and all of his stories. I love you Robin Hobbs for adding to his story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And wow..nothing can compare to these characters for me. They are like family. It is so good to see them again even as at the same time I know their lives will once again to fraught with danger. Thankyou Robin Hobb! I only wish 622 pages lasted longer!
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
I have had two life altering experience when it comes to fantasy, first reading David Eddings The Belgariad as a teenager and then reading Robin Hobb The Farseer trilogy in my early twenties. They made me love fantasy. So it was with a great pleasure to finally be able to read the first book in The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy. In this book Fitz is living a happy life with Molly, raising her sons, living a peaceful life in the country. But when a messenger disappears, everything changes, although he doesn’t know it yet, it will take some time before he realizes that. And that’s how much of the plot I’m going to reveal. The rest is up to you to find out! Robin Hobb has written a fabulous book, a worthy follow up The Tawny Man trilogy and I loved every page, every chapter was a truly joyous experience, it’s a book you read until your eyes can’t take in anything more and you have to sleep so you can continue reading the next day. It’s well written and intriguing to read and it’s never boring, even though there isn’t much action in the book. I was pulled into the story and the only thing that I didn’t like was reading the last chapter and knowing that it will be a while before the next book…
clambakecat More than 1 year ago
I would have to say this is one of the best trilogies I have read. From the first book there is no slowing of this story it will grab you and keep you interested. Wont be a waste of time. A definite read through the night kinda book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and reread this book. If you're a fan of the genre get this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all books that come before this one and this one will not disappoint. Loved it! Highly recommend this author
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
This book is a unifying and continuation of the two trilogies of the Tawny Man series, and the Fraser series. The Tawny man series character the Fool is a character that is underlying the entire story. While the Farseer series, character Tom Badgerlock (FritzChivalry Farseer) is the main character. Badgerlock, has successfully survived his adventures and retired with his true love Molly. As a simple man married to the esteemed and rewarded Molly, has protected them both from their past. Molly has raised his daughter with her half-brothers, born after FritzChivalry's supposed death. Nettle their daughter lives in Buckkeep Castle as a Skillsmater who controls the spies and communication of the country. While her parents live in leisure and wealth at Withywoods Manor. This life of luxury and ease is disturbed by a strange pregnancy and a stranger child. Bee is a beautiful extremely small, slow growing child, which spends the majority of her life quietly fallowing and communicating with Molly. Only with Molly's death does Bee and Badgerlock come to an understanding of her intelligence and gifts. The fact that she is unable to get near Badgerlock most of her infancy and childhood has made this situation difficult. Their distance may cost them everything. This is a great start to a wonderful trilogy that will extend both the Tawny man series and Farseer series. Because of this book I have purchased the Fraser series, and will soon purchase the Tawny man series, reading both in anticipation of the next in this series
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
Before I get into talking specifics about Fool’s Assassin, you should know that Fool’s Fate (the last Hobb book that included these characters) was the story that single-handedly made me want to start a book blog. It was profound and wonderful – a perfect completion to the story arc that had been developing since the Assassin’s Apprentice. I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed the pieces out of that book. Most importantly, it was so mesmerizing that even though I read it a couple of years ago I still remember every detail – it’s likely to stick with me for the rest of my life. I don’t usually have such a profound connection to a story and its characters, but those rare occasions when I do is proof that books are magical. So, having finished Fool’s Fate feeling completely satisfied with the ending, I was thrilled when I found out Hobb decided to continue the story. There’s more?!!!! :D Although several years had passed for the characters, picking up Fool’s Assassin brought me back home. It’s as if nothing had changed – the people were rounded and interesting (because they are too real to be considered mere “characters”), the world was rich and familiar (especially because I’ve since explored more of it in the Liveship Trilogy and the Rain Wild Chronicles), and the plot was totally immersive. Hobb conveys such a great depth of character that I was immediately absorbed back into Fitz’s world. All of the things he’s gone through on his journey came tumbling back over me in waves of joy and sorrow, but I also found myself hopeful for his future as he faced several new challenges. Without giving much away, I feel it’s prudent to point out that Hobb spent a good portion of the book introducing some amazing new characters (don’t worry, there were plenty of meaningful passages with beloved characters too). Because of this, however, the overall arc of the story really didn’t come into play until near the end of the book. A couple of my fellow reviewers didn’t love how long the story took to get going, but seemed to agree that it was still oddly absorbing. While I can definitely see where they are coming from, I love being in Fitz’s world so much that every moment felt golden and purposeful. It gave me new insight into Fitz himself (which I loved seeing) and also made me fall in love with some of the new characters. I think the bond they formed with both Fitz and the reader will be very important going forward. I loved every bit of this book and was incredibly sad when ended. It was heart-wrenching and beautiful, and the next one can’t come too soon. I consider The Fool’s Assassin a must-read for any fan of the series, but would strongly recommend that anyone new to Hobb’s work start with Assassin’s Apprentice, where all the magic began! It takes a while to fully appreciate the beauty of the story, but it is well worth the wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having thought there were no more Robin Hobbs books after reading 3 of her first trilogy’s, I was delighted to find and read this one. The tale draws one in to the point of denying bedtime in order to keep reading night after night, and the conclusion leaves you begging for more. Well done !
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
What a great book! What an appropriate title. Wow, I'm going to love this final trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent characters, riveting story
Kratos1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I have never warmed to characters in a book like I did the ones in this book! I am forever a fan of Robin Hobb from this day forward!
Nessa_231 More than 1 year ago
Great read, looking forward to reading the next book in this series :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A strong addition to the series.
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Readem More than 1 year ago
Compared to the other books in the series, this one started out as boring - Fitz getting old and living in a country estate. Then the story got weird with his new daughter who was physically under-developed, but had unusual metal abilities. The influx of new, dislikable characters didn't seem to fit the story. Fitz is unbelievably slow to make wise decisions and spends a great deal of time lamenting over the ones he's made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the books by Robin Hobb. Unfortunately, after I read this book I found that there were three books in between this book and the series of Fitz books I had already read.
Bryulen More than 1 year ago
It's nice and long so you can't rip through it as fast. It's the beginning of a new epic series. I can't wait for more! Give me Bee!!!!!
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