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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 FitzCh 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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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 FitzCh 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.

30 review for Fool's Assassin (Free Sampler) (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Silver Petticoat

    Read this review and others at The Silver Petticoat Review: Fool's Assassin Review by Elizabeth Hopkinson I cried at the end of Fool’s Fate. I don’t just mean I shed a few tears. I actually sobbed my guts up, both while I was reading it and after I had finished. I was depressed for weeks. I couldn’t pick up a novel for ages. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the book. In fact, the Tawny Man trilogy (and the whole story of Fitz and the Fool from the beginning) means a huge amount to me on a personal level Read this review and others at The Silver Petticoat Review: Fool's Assassin Review by Elizabeth Hopkinson I cried at the end of Fool’s Fate. I don’t just mean I shed a few tears. I actually sobbed my guts up, both while I was reading it and after I had finished. I was depressed for weeks. I couldn’t pick up a novel for ages. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the book. In fact, the Tawny Man trilogy (and the whole story of Fitz and the Fool from the beginning) means a huge amount to me on a personal level. It’s not an exaggeration to say it changed my life. I just couldn’t cope with the way it ended. I couldn’t believe that was the end. And I couldn’t cope with how Robin Hobb just wouldn’t say if she would ever write more. Which was why no one was more excited – and more terrified – than me when Fool’s Assassin came out this year to begin a whole new cycle: the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. I simply had to know what would happen next. Would Fitz and the Fool meet again? Could old hurts be healed? Or was Robin Hobb going to put her beloved (pardon the pun!) characters through even worse this time? I don’t want to give away too much for those who don’t know the story. Let me just say, this was such a beautiful book, I wanted to eat it. I loved the new setting of Withywoods (especially those winter scenes). I loved the new character of Bee. I loved the fact that there are clues to the story in the cover art. I even liked Molly, for the first time ever. However, let me say, don’t let Robin Hobb lull you into a false sense of security. For a long time, much of the story is relatively gentle, and you might think she’s finally gone soft. She hits you with the suffering just when you least expect it, and leaves you screaming at the end of the book, “But what happens next?!?” (Along with the familiar, “Fitz, how can you be so dense?”) Along with all the other fans around the world, I will have to wait for the next book. If you haven’t yet let Fitz and the Fool into your life, iBooks are currently giving away the very first book – Assassin’s Apprentice – for free. So you can enjoy the whole, nail-biting saga from the beginning. Adaptation Recommendation This is the latest installment in an epic story, so it would either have to be a huge, Game of Thrones style TV series, or part of a series of big and beautiful films, similar to Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ingelin

    Fool's Assassin has one of the most beautiful and heart warming descriptions of family I have ever read. This is book number one of "Fitz and the Fool". But it should definitely not be read before "The Farseer Triology" and "The Tawny man" trilogies. Blurb for "Fool's Assassin": “Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin So don't trust me, trust George R. R. Martin Fool's Assassin has one of the most beautiful and heart warming descriptions of family I have ever read. This is book number one of "Fitz and the Fool". But it should definitely not be read before "The Farseer Triology" and "The Tawny man" trilogies. Blurb for "Fool's Assassin": “Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin So don't trust me, trust George R. R. Martin

  3. 5 out of 5

    Murray

    I love Robin Hobb, just putting that out there. I found this book an absolute joy to read, her style of writing is so moving to me. I'm glad she went back to FitzChivalry and the fool, these characters seem so real. The story was a bit plodding to me but I was glad to stick with it, looking forward to the next. I love Robin Hobb, just putting that out there. I found this book an absolute joy to read, her style of writing is so moving to me. I'm glad she went back to FitzChivalry and the fool, these characters seem so real. The story was a bit plodding to me but I was glad to stick with it, looking forward to the next.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Just This

    as easy to read as all hobb's books, re-introduces many well-loved characters, as enjoyable (and as quickly forgotten) as a chocolate cake... as easy to read as all hobb's books, re-introduces many well-loved characters, as enjoyable (and as quickly forgotten) as a chocolate cake...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sadie

    Robin Hobb is a good writer but this one just didn't do it for me. I couldn't get into the plot - it couldn't hold my interest. Won't read anymore in this series. Robin Hobb is a good writer but this one just didn't do it for me. I couldn't get into the plot - it couldn't hold my interest. Won't read anymore in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    A.M. Gray

    I love Robin Hobb's writing - for the most part. But this would be a better book if it were a third of the size. There is too much meandering for my tastes. I love Robin Hobb's writing - for the most part. But this would be a better book if it were a third of the size. There is too much meandering for my tastes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lin Urchin

    Love when Robin Hobb writes a new trilogy, hate when I finish the last Book! WRITE FASTER PLEASE ROBIN

  8. 4 out of 5

    Finn Hartshorn

    Although Fool's Assassin starts off slower than the previous instalments, it is nonetheless enthralling, and sets up the second book wonderfully. Although Fool's Assassin starts off slower than the previous instalments, it is nonetheless enthralling, and sets up the second book wonderfully.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    Incredible

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

  11. 5 out of 5

    mr r l eadie

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jonaid

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Miranda

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bert Roelfs

  15. 5 out of 5

    William Hunt

  16. 4 out of 5

    Georgi Boyadzhiev

  17. 5 out of 5

    Denis Phillipson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Milla

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angie Meeks

  20. 4 out of 5

    Harry Swindell

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nirvana Barker

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wew Lad

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dominika Van

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rudolph Accoo

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ella Hambleton

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tony Drummond

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kai Gibson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Elizabeth

  29. 5 out of 5

    Simon Paketama

  30. 4 out of 5

    Freyde Rika

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