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Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb {Just Hatched}

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Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb {Just Hatched}

Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb (The Fitz and the Fool #1)
Published by Del Rey on August 12, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Page Length: 667 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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.

3 Stars

How is the writing style?

The story is told from the perspective of the main character, retired assassin FitzChivalry Farseer, who is just trying to enjoy the golden years of his life.  Robin Hobb does a masterful job of character development and scene painting, sucking me into the protagonist’s world and getting me hooked so well that I almost didn’t notice that – even after more than 100 pages – there really isn’t a strong plot.  Yet.  There are plenty of hints that the action will be heating up, but so far, it has been a lush confection of life on the edge of politics and magic.

General tone of the beginning

Although this book is billed as “Book One” of a new trilogy, it is really about the 10th book in the series, which means that the beginning is filled with mentions of past events and characters for the benefit of fans.  This book, therefore, has a lumpy feel to begin with, but it is exacerbated by an uneven plot in which even the main storyline jumps ahead by months and years without an explanation of why certain scenes were important.

Setting, genre, etc?

This is a sword and sorcery fantasy world with plenty of political maneuvering and magic.  Dragons are also hinted at.


  1. My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
  2. Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
  3. Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

I think I’d enjoy this book after reading the previous trilogies, and I hope to get back to it eventually.

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?


Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

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