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Fool's Assassin

(The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  35,590 ratings  ·  2,509 reviews
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 B
Paperback, 630 pages
Published July 16th 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published August 12th 2014)
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Tony I recommend reading all four series first
1. Farseer trilogy
2. Liveship trilogy
3. Tawny Man trilogy
4. Rainwild Cronicles
5. Fitz and the Fool
I recommend reading all four series first
1. Farseer trilogy
2. Liveship trilogy
3. Tawny Man trilogy
4. Rainwild Cronicles
5. Fitz and the Fool
you will better understand events with reading Farseer and tawny man, but there are some crossovers in Liveship and Rainwild witch are also relavent to the events.
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Mark Lawrence
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Robin Hobb makes me feel like I'm back in school ... or it would do if that were where I learned to write fiction. I have on occasion felt rather pleased with my writing, but reading Hobb's work always makes me realise I've got a long way to go.

Hobb's particular mastery is in characters and the relationships between them. No story is going to work in the long term unless the characters hold you, unless you care what happens to them. Hobb doesn't rely on shock or purple prose, she uses th
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A truly beautiful and poignant start to the last trilogy in The Realm of the Elderlings series.

Seeing that this is book fourteen out of sixteen in Hobb's RotE series and it’s also the seventh book that features Fitz as the main protagonist, with the exception of new characters, Fitz, and The Fool (The Fitz and The Fool is the name of the trilogy, after all), every other character I mentioned have a strong possibility of being considered a spoiler so I’ll refrain from doing so. Instead, I’ll expl
Bob Milne
I can't remember the last time I felt so torn about a book, and so conflicted about a review. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I really wanted to enjoy it. In fact, compared to my usual reading pace, I spent a great deal of time in the world that Robin Hobb created - and while I did enjoy aspects of it, I have to be honest in that most of my time was spent waiting for aspects to enjoy. It's a testament to Hobb's writing (and to Fitz's legacy) that I was able to exhibit ...more
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Fitzchilvary Farseer, who has now adopted the name Tom Badgerlock, is enjoying his retirement; he has a fairly calm life compared to his assassin days. Most of the book is given over to him looking back on his youth and trying to move on from the past; it's a deeply introspective journey. Robin Hobb somehow managed to make the narrative flow so eloquently that I didn't realise that I'd stormed through the entire book in a day.

How does she do it?

I think it’s all about the wonderful characteris
Em Lost In Books
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-19, 2018, 5-star
Long after the events of Tawny Man, when I thought all was wrapped up for good, Ms. Hobb came back and dropped this. And what a beautiful start she gave to this trilogy.

Tom Badgerlock is living in Withywood with his wife, all the kids grew up and left the nest to make their own life. Magic of Skill is keeping him young while his wife is slowly withering away into old age. He is enjoying his life but still can't stop drowning himself in self-pity at times. Those are darker times but he tries his
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

"Nothing warned me on that bright day that the darkest time of my life had begun."

03/05 : Reread of the week before finally summoning the courage to read Fool's Quest (please don't break my heart) (please) (pleeeeeeease)

First of all, don't be fooled by the #1 here : you CANNOT read this book if you haven't read the two first trilogies. Trust me, it wouldn't make sense AT ALL, because it's Fitz's journey you're following here, and it started in Assassin's Apprentice.

If you're - even a little
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Fitz, my old friend, how I've missed you. Sit, here by the fire, have a brandy and let us catch up.

This is how I felt coming back into Fitz's company after a decade apart. Reading this book felt like catching up with an old, dear friend. We've both changed, spent years apart, and yet as soon as I started to read the first paragraph it was as if we'd never parted.

Minor spoilers if you haven't read the earlier Fitz books:

This was a wonderful book. Fitz and Molly are living at Withywoods, quietly a

I mean, WOW.

I've read something like nine, now ten of her books at this point and they were all epic doorstoppers split as trilogies, and this one may actually be my favorite of them all.

Why? Well, it wasn't because there was a ton of death and grief in it. Indeed, middle-aged retired Fitz having a well-deserved life with his childhood sweetheart and bringing a new winter baby into their lives was probably the sweetest damn thing the author could have done for him.

She writes it so well that
Fitz would say, “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.” Hobb would say that 2 stars aren’t bad. Still, it is with reluctance and some trepidation that I slap 2 stars onto this book. These days, I don’t write many elaborate reviews anymore, but I feel that I owe an explanation here.

Before things gets heated, I will proclaim my undying love for most of Hobb’s works in the paragraph below, because that appears the custom among underwhelmed, and therefore apologetic fans. Feel free to skip the next paragraph in
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread on 19.04.17-21.04.17 - Still agree with everything I said below, and on the reread there's a whole load of things that I just adored spotting a bit earlier, now I know what's to come in this book and book #2. I am SO excited to go onto #3 when it's out, so I am now diving into the second on for a reread of that :) 5*s still :)

This is possibly my new favourite ever book and once again it's a book focused on Fitz Farseer and the Realm of the Elderlings and is written by Robin Hobb. Although
Alex Ristea
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, library, hardcover, series
First things first: if you're a fan, why haven't you read this already? If you're not, sorry but this book is not for you. Fool's Assassin is firmly and unashamedly a novel for long-time lovers of Fitz. Start instead with Assassin's Apprentice and we'll chat when you catch up.

It's good to see Fitz again. Even if you don't read this book next to a gently smouldering fire, brandy in hand, it will still feel that way. I don't understand how something can feel so comforting and so familiar, and yet
I've waited a very long time for this book to come out, 10 years in fact. I've read all 9 books several times and I don't think I ever really gave up hope that there would be another book after Fool's Fate. The last year I have barely managed to keep a lid on my excitement. Robin Hobb will always be my favourite author, her books are so beautifully written, they break my heart every time. I always have this nervous excitement that just builds and builds as I get towards the end of the book.

Veronica Belmont
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I agree with other reviewers who don't want to give anything away. So instead, I'll give this book my highest praise; praise that listeners of the Sword & Laser know to be true.

I stayed up on multiple nights, IN BED, reading this book without falling asleep. I actually had to put the book down, consciously, to go to bed.

This may not sound like a big deal ("Oh, the book didn't put her to sleep? Good for her I guess.") but it really truly is. I so love these characters. It was so wonderful to
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Upon hearing that Robin Hobb was finally writing the sequel I’d always hoped for, I was excited, but also wary as it’s not uncommon to find awful sequels for well ended book series.
I’ll cut to the chase and tell you, I was definitely not disappointed. Hobb’s prose is as flawless and as wonderful to read as ever, easily sliding us back into Fitz’s life as enjoyably as in previous books.

Fitz is living the life he’d always dreamed of, with Molly by his side in the comfort of his family home at With
Jun 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Fool's Assassin on to read it and write an honest review.

I read the book only a week after I had finished reading the Tawny Man Trilogy so the idea and the general flow of Hobb's book was still fresh in my mind. I dived into the ARC with an open heart and open mind expecting to read about Fitz and his new life away from Buckkeep, but also about his new adventures and other exciting things.

I expected too much. 80% of the book covers their day-to-day life and Fi
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who enjoys character-oriented fiction, Robin Hobb has always been a particular favorite. She manages to write with a depth and honesty that not many authors manage, and her character development is second to none.

The Farseer books have tracked Fitz's development from youth to adult, and in this trilogy, deeper into middle-age. I really, really enjoyed Fitz's voice in this book. It's rare to find fantasy from an "adult" perspective and Fool's Assassin is a treat, if only for this fact
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars!!
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
[My critical brain says 4.5 stars, my heart says SCREW THIS GIVE IT FIVE]

“Time is an unkind teacher, delivering lessons that we learn far too late for them to be useful. Years after I could have benefited from them, the insights come to me.”

Say hello to the slowest book on earth that managed to captivate me from page one, because Robin Hobb continues to be an evil genius. I gotta say, after my disappointment with Fool's Fate (if you are interested in me ranting click here) I was very apprehens
Franco  Santos
When the bee to the earth does fall, the butterfly comes back to change all.
Reseña sin spoilers (como todas).

Agggh, Hobb, te detesto. Me tuviste 550 páginas a merced de una historia que consistía esencialmente en decoraciones para el hogar y compras, y se te ocurrió la genial idea de darme un mazazo en la cabeza en los últimos cuatro capítulos. Eso fue duro, malvado, casi imperdonable. Personajes tan tridimensionales que vivían conmigo en mi rutina acabaron siendo sombras desdibujadas de lo q
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I have had two life-altering experience when it comes to fantasy, first reading David Eddings The Belgariad as a teenager and then reading Robin Hobb The Farseer trilogy in my early twenties. They made me love fantasy. So it was with a great pleasure to finally be able to read the first book in The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy.

In this book Fitz is living a happy life with Molly, raising her sons, living a peaceful life in the country. But when a messenger disappears, everything changes, although he
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pre-review@2107:I have mixed feeling about this new series, I want to revisit Robin Hobb's fantasy world but I'm a bit tired of Fitz and the Fool. *sighs* Why can't we readers be left with the knowledge that Fitz is happy with his new wife and her family and the Fool gets to retire from his duty and lives a well-earned peaceful life or something like this?

Thoughts after reading: alright, I had complained about "I don't want to read one more Fitz's book and why can't Ms. Hobb just let him live in
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Rip the book in two, read the second half!

I’m sure we all know, as avid readers, how books can burrow into our hearts and have a profound effect on our lives. Tawny Man did that to me, and I thought the Fool got such a bad deal at the end. I approached Fool Assassin with much trepidation. I had a feeling my wish for a bit of much deserved love and tenderness for the Fool and ‘Big Gay love story’ between Fitz and the Fool would be dashed on the rocks. But the cruelty shown to our beautiful Belove
Althea Ann
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book!
The most striking thing, to me, about this work is how very well Hobb balances small, quotidian dramas with world-shaking events. She understands perfectly how, from an individual’s perspective (and especially, from a child’s perspective) the small things can actually be the big things. And her writing is good enough that even the small things keep the reader on the edge of one’s seat (although this is not to imply that big things aren’t happening here as well).

This is the seve
David Sven
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
As an avid fan of Robin Hobb, especially her Farseer and Tawny man Trilogies, it was a pleasure to return to the Six Duchies and reconnect with Fitz and a whole heap of other familiar faces from the earlier books. And what about the Fool you say? Well we don't see him so much this book, unfortunately - but he does show up eventually and I imagine we will see a lot more of him going forward.

We catch up with Fitz some ten odd years down the track, happily married and retired at Withywoods. The sto
After being a bit disappointed in The Rain Wild Chronicles, I was super excited to get back into the world of FitzChivalry Farseer, and wow did I enjoy this book. Fool's Assassin reminded me a lot of Fool's Errand, the first book in The Tawny Man trilogy, but with the quality turned up. This is a character book first and foremost. The fantasy and action elements of Fool's Assassin is toned down in favor of a family dynamic that is just ravishingly good. Because the reader has lived with Fitz for ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Avid Reviews:

Robin Hobb is one of my very favorite authors, and she has had a long career full of excellent fantasy novels. When she announced that she would once more return to the Six Duchies in a trilogy that would follow FitzChivalry Farseer, Hobb fans everywhere rejoiced. This is her third trilogy featuring Fitz, and he has always been my favorite of her protagonists. I am extremely honored to be able to review the fi
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am A big fan of Robin Hobb and FitzChivalry. Her books are so character driven that I feel I know Fitz inside out and so was slightly surprised to realise this is only the seventh book he has been in. This is the first book where I think I have lost a little faith in him, not that it's ever been a surprise that he is a flawed character, but he has always been my hero.

This was slow and gorgeous as only Robin Hobb can be and yet with all those pages, the ending still seemed rushed.

I remember not
Kevin Xu
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like Hobb's introductions are really weak. The first books always sets up the frame for the last two parts of the trilogy, so nothing really happens, and everything is kind of predictable. But man, can she write a middle book, does not suffer from the middle book problem, filled with actions.
Shelly K
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
A big fat wonderful book.
Executive Summary: I enjoyed it, though not as much as Fool's Fate, and if anything it's heightened my sense of dread that this trilogy will ruin that book's ending.

NOTE: I always strive to write spoiler free reviews, but this one may fall a little short. Since people may be used to that from me I wanted to give a little warning. Some of my comments about the book as a whole may be considered spoilery by those like me who are especially sensitive to them. I don't talk about plot at all, but some
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Other books in the series

The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy (3 books)
  • Fool's Quest  (The Fitz and The Fool, #2)
  • Assassin's Fate (The Fitz and the Fool, #3)
“Time is an unkind teacher, delivering lessons that we learn far too late for them to be useful. Years after I could have benefited from them, the insights come to me.” 88 likes
“I will always take your part, Bee. Right or wrong. That is why you must always take care to be right, lest you make your father a fool.” 42 likes
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