Review: Fool’s Assassin. Fitz and the Fool 1 by Robin Hobb

Fool’s AssassinFools-Assassin-US
688 pages
Harper Voyager
published in 2014

Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
1. Fool’s Assassin
2. Fool’s Quest
3. Assassin’s Fate (March 2017)

(Don’t read on if you want to avoid spoilers, the blurb gives away the end of the Tawny Man Trilogy)

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. . . .

I was pretty sure that I would love this book and I was right. Since it has been revealed that there will be another book set in the Six Duchies, featuring Fitz AND Fool I have been excited. I love all of Robin Hobb’s book that take place in the Rain Wilds, the Six Duchies or anywhere else in her beautifully crafted world! I wasn’t too happy about the end of the Tawny Man Trilogy though, so this new trilogy is all I could ever hope for.

Opening the book and starting to read made me feel like being with old friends again. The start is slow, really slow and I know that some found it boring. But for me it was fun to read about Fitz’s life, about him and the people around him getting older and trying to lead a normal, quiet life away from Buckkeep Castle. Although i have to admit that I was always waiting for the Fool to show up at any minute. Fitz himself did not change much. I still love him and want to kick his butt for being a dick. He is still wallowing in self-pity for a good amount of time and messes things up while trying to do what is right. He doesn’t get the obvious and I couldn’t believe why he didn’t see what was in front of his eyes. He is not perfect and that is what makes him an interesting character. Still, there are some interesting developments which I did not at all expect.

I also liked seeing some of the characters from the previous books again, especially since I did not expect some of them to be around anymore. We get to know some new personalities too and I especially liked the second POV-character (yes, there is one, but I won’t spoil that 😉 ). Another character, Shun, seemed a bit too one-dimensional and made it easy to hate her. I wouldn’t have minded some more layers to her but maybe that is still to come.

While there is not much action during the start and the middle of the book, the last 100 pages make up for that and set the tone for the following books. The tension was so high, I couldn’t stop reading and finished the whole thing pretty quickly. It is more of an introduction of what is to come and where the story will be going but that doesn’t make it bad or boring. The opposite is the case. I enjoyed reading about Fitz’s struggles with normal life, and all the little details to it.

Lovely style of writing, emotional, gripping and just perfect 🙂

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