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Review: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

By / September 11, 2014 / no comments

I am going to do this review in 200 words (not including these)  as there are other more detailed reviews to come and I don’t want to over load you.

The pace is incredibly slow, throughout the whole book but if you are reading it to know about Fitz’s life post the Tawny Man Trilogy you will LOVE it. If you are reading it to find out what the Fool has been up to, don’t hold your breath, you will die, it’s a LONG book.

A new character is introduced and without spoiling too much (I hope) the story seems to focus on this new character.  At the start it is great, but then not so much (those wanting a Fitz and Fool story I’m talking about you).

There will be tears, unless you never cry then probably not. Hobb is notorious for the bullshit she puts Fitz through and at 630 pages it isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. I was left in a catatonic book coma for days 🙁

Aside from the content it’s a great book. Insert all those buzz words like world building, characterisation and stuff. Hobb’s skills haven’t diminished in that regard at all. 

I strongly recommend this book to those wanting to catch up on the life of Fitz. I encourage those wanting a Fitz and Fool adventure story to wait until the next book in the series comes out, that one at least should satisfy your craving.

I myself wish I had waited, this was not the story I was looking for.



(Another review below)

FitzChivalry Farseer is one of my favourite characters in fantasy ever. I adored the Farseer trilogy and literally wept at the ending. Fitz is back again, in this first book of the third trilogy. A three of threes if you will.

If you like Farseer or Tawny Man, chances are that you will like this one too.

In many ways, I looked forward to this book, and in about just as many I was anxious. My internal arguing always ended up: “Let Fitz have his peace. He has earned it!”

Robin Hobb has an amazing ability to make me live through her characters, and Fitz especially, when I read her books. Fool’s Assassin is the same in this aspect, as all her other works.

There was parts I loved about this book, and parts I liked less so. Of all her books on the Fitz and the Fool, I found this to be the weakest. The story is driven by two unbelievable happenings and Robin Hobbs telltale awesome writing.

Make no mistake though, Fools Assassin is a page turner, but I felt that parts of the book detracted rather than added to the story. Unlike her other Fitz and Fool stories, too much of the story is a walkthrough of the day to day happenings and no important events take place.

All told, I liked Fool’s Assassin a lot. It’s not perfect, but it is still one of the better books I’ve read this year. If you haven’t read it yet, I expect you will. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


By Laurentius


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