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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: 2746 KB
  • Print Length: 641 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (12 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IHS20P0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,585 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing. 12 Aug. 2014
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Format:Hardcover
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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 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the standard set by the original 14 Sept. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Dill
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
...How does she do it? Robin Hobb is an exceptional writer, able to create and sustain a world different from our own yet so familiar it's real to us. Fitz's world, the world of the Six Duchies, settles round you like a long-lost favourite sweater. Some reviewers will tell you that not much happens in the first part of the book. I'm not sure which book they were reading then. Hobb has an incredible ability to depict convincing characters, warts and all. Her depth of understanding of human emotion rings true in every instance. In this resumption of Fitz's tale, old and much-loved characters are gently set aside, and new and fascinating ones introduced. Personally, I found the first two-thirds of the book completely absorbing as they depict Molly's decline, Fitz's fears and the arrival and development of Bee. I was enchanted, but I wept more than once.
When the 'action' phase of the book begins (and how much good writing do those poor readers miss who only want the action!), one cares so much about the principal characters that the tension is almost unbearable. Unputtdownable, definitely.
WARNING: If you haven't read the other Farseer Books, do so first. And how I envy you coming to them fresh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much longed for return. 18 Nov. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Dramatic, moving, and insightful. This book encapsulates everything that I have loved about Robin Hobb's other books. Like the first books in many of her trilogy's this has a more domestic feel, however it's certainly not lacking in action. We see the return of Fitz, and his struggles to be a good father, while still haunted by the past, and aching over lost friends. Master writer, that Hobb is, if you have read the other books then you will ache along with Fitz for those lost loved ones.

Both the reader, and those that love him wonder can Fitz, and ex- assassin really ever leave that life behind. Or more importantly will fate role the dice, will Fitz once again find himself a piece on the board being moved by invisible hands.

Full of intrigue and foreshadowing from the start, I couldn't put this book down. The insightful, and wholly realistic exploration of family dynamics and human interaction is a different and interesting twist within the fantasy genre. This book set's up the rest of what promises to be an excellent series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great follow up to the trilogy, full of wonderful characters, well worth a read.
Published 7 hours ago by Readerdiva
1.0 out of 5 stars How the hell do I cancel this order? It ...
How the hell do I cancel this order? It seems impossible to contact Amazon direct in any way at all, Lots chances to order and spend, none to correct errors.
Published 3 days ago by Jim Delderfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant to get back to the storyline of Fitz and ...
Brilliant to get back to the storyline of Fitz and the fool. Can't wait for the next book due in August.
Published 8 days ago by Jaqs 153
5.0 out of 5 stars As always brilliant!
I have followed Fitz through his entire life and when I though that he was finally happy with Mollie, Hobb shocked me with this one! But the story flows like you cannot imagine! Read more
Published 12 days ago by M.J
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Robin's books I can't see how you'll fail to love this one
Enjoyed this book very much indeed. I bought it a while ago intending to wait until I had all three before reading it.. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Eddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Back with Fitz and Fool - what's not to love!? Robin Hobb excels as...
Back with Fitz and Fool - what's not to love!? Robin Hobb excels as ever - plotting might appear a bit slow at times but if you love the characters you won't mind. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitz & The Fool Ride Again!
excellent read, just annoying the next one is not out until August!
Published 22 days ago by davidsensei
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read.
Published 25 days ago by wired retired
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic trilogy begins
Robin Hobb has done it again. A great first book for the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. It started off a little slow but quickly built into a gripping and thrilling read leaving the... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Meemee579
3.0 out of 5 stars I've loved Hobb's work ever since picking up Assassin's Apprentice
I've loved Hobb's work ever since picking up Assassin's Apprentice, but at this point returning to Fitz's story does feel a little indulgent, and dare I say, the narrative felt... Read more
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