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Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Robin Hobb
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Book Description

'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. Martin

Robin Hobb returns to her best loved characters in a brand new series.

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.

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‘In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons’ George R. R. Martin

'Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination' Conn Iggulden

'Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics' The Times

‘Robin Hobb is without question among the two or three finest writers of fantasy working today’ 5 stars for Fool’s Assassin, SFX

‘Fantasy writers don’t come much bigger than Robin Hobb’ Independent

About the Author

Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction.She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska, where she learned how to raise a wolf cub, to skin a moose and to survive in the wilderness. When she married a fisherman who fished herring and the Kodiak salmon-run for half the year, these skills would stand her in good stead. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington State.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2382 KB
  • Print Length: 641 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007444176
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (12 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IHS20P0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robin Hobb is a New York Times best-selling fantasy author. She is published in English in the US, UK and Australia, and her works have been widely translated. Her short stories have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, as well as winning the Asimov's Readers Award. Her best known series is The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest.)

Robin Hobb was born in Oakland California, but grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has spent her life mostly in the Pacific Nortwest region of the US, and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington State, with her husband Fred. They have four grown offspring, and six grandchildren.

Robin Hobb is a pen name for Margaret Ogden. She has also written under the name Megan Lindholm.

She published her first short story for children when she was 18,and for some years wrote as a journalist and children's writer. Her stories for children were published in magazines such as Humpty Dumpty's Magazine for Little Children, Jack & Jill and Highlights for Children. She also created educational reading material for children for a programmed reading series by SRA (Science Research Associates.) She received a grant award from the Alaska State Council on the arts for her short story "The Poaching", published in Finding Our Boundaries in 1980.

Fantasy and Science Fiction had always been her two favorite genres, and in the late 70's she began to write in them. Her initial works were published in small press 'fanzines' such as Space and Time (editor Gordon Linzner). Her first professionally published story was "Bones for Dulath" that appeared in the Ace anthology AMAZONS!, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson in 1979. A short time later, a second Ki and Vandien story entitled The Small One was published in FANTASTIC in 1980.

During that time period, she and her family had moved from Alaska to Hawaii, and subsequently to Washington State, where they settled. She had various money making occupations (waitress, salesperson, etc.) while striving with her writing. Her husband Fred continued to fish Alaskan waters and was home only about 3 months out of every year. The family lived on a small farm in rural Roy where they raised lots of vegetables, chickens, ducks, geese and other small livestock.

In 1983, her first novel, Harpy's Flight, was published by Ace under the pen name Megan Lindholm. Her later titles under that name included Wizard of the Pigeons, Alien Earth, Luck of the Wheels, and Cloven Hooves.

In 1995, she launched her best selling series of books set in the Realm of the Elderlings. At that time, she began writing as Robin Hobb. Her first trilogy of books were about her popular characters, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool. The Farseer Trilogy is comprised of Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest. These books were followed by The Liveship Traders trilogy, set in the same world. The Tawny Man trilogy returned to the tale of Fitz and the Fool. Most recently, the four volumes of the Rain Wilds Chronicles were published: Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons.

In 2013, it was announced that she would return to her best-loved characters with a new trilogy, The Fitz and the Fool trilogy. The first volume, Fool's Assassin, will be published in August of 2014.

Other works as Robin Hobb include The Soldier Son trilogy and short stories published in various anthologies. A collection of her shorter works as both Lindholm and Hobb is available in The Inheritance.

She continues to reside in Tacoma, Washington, with frequent visits to the pocket farm in Roy.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing. 12 Aug. 2014

Reviewing one of the giants of the genre is always difficult, if you don’t like the book or even find the slightest negative you can expect to be flamed to a crisp by the fan base. Fortunately I really enjoyed the book, if i had anything negative to say it would be that it was slightly longer than needed, any lesser known author would not have been given the latitude to express the depth of emotion or description and would have been pushed to go for more pace. BUT: that comment cannot detract from what is another exceptional book by Robin Hobb. Of all her books, books i have loved each (except the Soldier son series), this new one feels different, like coming home after years away, finding all your old family and friends a little older and wiser, but still the same deep down.

The whole book (all 640 pages) is a deeply emotional ride, a voyeuristic view into the emotions and diaries of Fitz and his orbiting family and friends, Robin Hobbs talent is telling it in a deeply compelling and non invasive style. I read this emotional roller-coaster of a book over several days, reading long past 1am each night, when i knew i had work the next day, i just could not put the book down. Unlike many fantasy books there are no great battles, no great mission, this is life, life in a tough world full of intrigue, assassins and dark history, all of this breeds paranoia, paranoia at life, family, motives both your own and those of others. Its this depth of writing , character exploration and plot that makes Robin Hobb such an exceptional writer, someone who can write a book that will effect the reader so much that days later the plot and its characters are still spinning around your head and leaves you not only wanting the next book but also to read this one again.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the standard set by the original 14 Sept. 2014
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I love this book, its like meeting up with an old friend, Fitz returns in all his morose glory, still the sharpest tool in the shed but unable to see whats happening around him. To say hes frustrating is an understatement, which I think speaks volumes for the writing skills of Robin Hobb. She has created a caracter with so much depth that I constantly need to remind myself that he is a work of fiction. I didnt find myself emersed in the story of the rainwild chronacles, and had honestly thought i'd be disappointed with this new trilogy too. But I was wrong, very wrong. It reads just as good as assassins apprintice, and Fitz is just as sullen as ever. I'm now eagerly awaiting the next installment!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the fans, and brilliant at that. 11 Oct. 2014
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Fool’s Assassin is the first in Robin Hobb’s latest trilogy, and picks up the story of her erstwhile protagonist, FitzChivalry Farseer, a good decade (or more) after the end of the Tawny Man triology when we left him happily reconciling with Molly.

I should preface this whole post with the admission that I love Robin Hobbs book, so needless to say I was excited when I saw she had a new one out, if a little worried about picking up with Fitz in his old age after a relatively happy ending last time we saw him. Luckily for the plot, Fitz isn’t really old – he maintains the appearance and health of a man in his mid thirties. There was also a rather wild suspension of disbelief needed in order to get on board with the very age inappropriate things that happened to Fitz and Molly at the beginning. Without giving too much away, what I can say is: human biological capability is massively disregarded.

So he may not be old in appearance but Fitz is just as obsessed with his age, as much an over-thinker and as melancholic as ever. But I like this. I like that Hobb creates a character that you can get frustrated with. And I like that despite his protestations to the contrary we know, and we know that Fitz really knows, that he is still really the assassin he was bred to be. I like that he is still a bit crap at talking to people, or realising that anyone cares about him. It fits into the kind of person we have been told he is, across 20 years of Hobb’s writing.

I have had my frustrations with Fitz in the past: his ongoing angst about being ‘past it’ in the Tawny Man books in particular annoyed me. And there is still some of this inclination to agonise over his own ordinariness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance 2 Sept. 2014
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I've missed fitz and the fool. This isn't reading, this is meeting old friends after an absence and picking up exactly where you left off. Talking for hours of all that's passed in the intervening years with all the depth of feeling and delight that you are seeing each other again. There are tears shed of both joy and horror at all that's befallen you. All good things come to those who wait and I will strive to be patient whilst waiting ( longingly) for the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I came to this knowing nothing of Robin Hobb's work, apart from that George RR Martin is a fan and that this was the first in a new trilogy. So, firstly, before anyone else makes the mistake I did, this may be the first in a trilogy but it's effectively the seventh in the series - and if you haven't read the first two trilogies (Farseer and Tawny Man), you'll probably spend a lot of time feeling faintly baffled as you're plunged into this world.

You'll also read a string of spoilers for the first six books when you go back to read them - because you will go back to read them. Even with the feeling I didn't quite know what was going on at times, I couldn't put this down. Having since devoured the addictively good original trilogies, I'm already re-reading this to see what I've missed. The characters are beautifully drawn and at times the Six Duchies world seems as real as my own.

Compared to the first six, this story does seem a lot slower - less drama, no grand journeys - although without dragging. And at least one plot twist seems so obvious in advance, even to someone unfamiliar with the world, that's it's almost hard to credit the characters don't work it out. But all in all, if you're new to Robin Hobb, you are in for a huge treat. Just don't start here...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent author.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Can't wait to read next one. Had a job to put it down couldn't wait for next bit.highly recommended.Good reading
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. J. Chappell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A brilliant new direction for this favourite saga
Published 9 days ago by paul mcgahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Much like Fitz and the Fool this book was like visiting with an old and dear friend after too long an absence,it is written so well you feel immediately invited in and involved... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Katie Jinks
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not as good as earlier books in series.
Not as good as the original 6 books in the series, I think the author is floundering for a reason to keep writing about Fitz & the Fool, probably because fans such as I have begged... Read more
Published 11 days ago by SuziB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What can I say, never saw it coming!!
Published 16 days ago by PETSHOPGIRL
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all who have read the previous series. Absolutley...
I think I saw a review before I read this that said ' its like meeting up with old friends'. And its true. Read more
Published 17 days ago by R. Merriman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
I love this book and am half way through the final episode in this trilogy; I don't want it to end and am dragging my feet towards the conclusion, knowing that I will be sad to get... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Alexandra
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Loved the whole fitz series can't wait for next book
Published 20 days ago by B. Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
A superb book. I was so pleased to see this beginning of a new series as the last of the dragon books seemed a neat end to this wonderful series of epic novels, and I assumed there... Read more
Published 21 days ago by A. Menec
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