Monday, 17 November 2014

Review: Fools Assassin

Title: Fool's Assassin
Series: Fitz and the Fool #1
Author: Robin Hobb
Published by: Del Rey on 14th August 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Edelweiss for review consideration, this in no way affects my opinion of the book.*

Goodreads Synopsis: 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. . . .

My Thoughts: I may be bit biased in my love for this book, as The Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies are some of my most favourite and treasured books ever and I would happily read anything about Fitz and the Fool. This book is definitely for old fans like myself rather than newcomers - if you haven't read the previous mentioned trilogies yet, I highly suggest you do so before reading this.

Soon as I started reading, it felt like no time at all has passed since I last heard Fitz's voice, it really was like catching up with an old friend. The first time I met him he was just a boy finding his way in the world and he was a young man settling down with a family last time we met. Now he's not so young, but is quite content in his quiet family life. During the course of the book, Fitz's quiet life is turned upside down and Fitz dealing with this turmoil is mostly what the book is about.

The story is very character driven, there is not a lot of action and it mostly takes place in one location. And while not a lot actually happens, enough happens and there is enough questions that you want answered, to keep you reading. Simply spending time with these people is enough.

We are introduced to a new narrator during the course of the book and the story is told in alternating view points between Fitz and this new narrator during the second half of the book. I wasn't so certain about the new narrator at first, but after a few chapters of hearing form this new narrator, it felt natural and really added to the immersion and enjoyment of the story.

I only really have one complaint about this book and that is the fact that it took forever before the Fool showed up. But when he make an appearence, oh! the tears. He was definitely the same old fool, maybe a bit changed, but that happens with age and I was so glad to see him again.

This book is like coming home for old fans and is sure to be a beloved addition to the saga for new fans as well.

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