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Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1) by [Hobb, Robin]
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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: 3337 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 589 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover

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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...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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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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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
The latest Robin Hobb story and one that I absolutely loved, especially after feeling a bit disappointed with other recent releases from the author. As with Robin’s other Fool books, it has great storytelling, a familiar feel for fans and for me was a real pleasure to dive back into her familiar world that has given me so much pleasure over the years.

Add to this great characters, wonderful prose and a mystery or two to uncover and I was hooked from start to finish. If you haven’t read any of her various Fool books then please do, they are so much fun and for me a great series to introduce young readers to on their journey into adult fiction. Magical.
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