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. Read more...
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. "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"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-30
- Reviewer: Staff
It’s been 10 years since Hobb concluded the Tawny Man series and ostensibly brought to an end the accounts of FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool in Fool’s Fate—but now Fitz is back to star in a new trilogy, and the adventure and intrigue is as electrifying and mesmerizing as ever. Posing as Tom Badgerlock, the humble middle-aged caretaker of an estate for the Farseer crown, Fitz believes himself content with his life. He maintains the unassuming façade of country squire even as a series of unusual events hints that his past as court assassin is behind him. First an old friend pushes Fitz to shelter a couple of Farseer by-blows from harm at his estate. Then Fitz himself becomes a father again, to a miraculous and peculiar child. Though a leisurely beginning slows the plot slightly, the fully realized characters and vivid prose show that Hobb remains a supremely talented author of epic fantasy. Agent: Christopher Lotts, Lotts Agency. (Aug.)