Fool's Assassin - Robin Hobb

Fool's Assassin

By Robin Hobb

  • Release Date: 2014-08-12
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 357 Ratings



Nearly twenty years ago, Robin Hobb burst upon the fantasy scene with the first of her acclaimed Farseer novels, Assassin’s Apprentice, which introduced the characters of FitzChivalry Farseer and his uncanny friend the Fool. A watershed moment in modern fantasy, this novel—and those that followed—broke exciting new ground in a beloved genre. Together with George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb helped pave the way for such talented new voices as Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, and Naomi Novik.
Over the years, Hobb’s imagination has soared throughout the mythic lands of the Six Duchies in such bestselling series as the Liveship Traders Trilogy and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. But no matter how far she roamed, her heart always remained with Fitz. And now, at last, she has come home, with an astonishing new novel that opens a dark and gripping chapter in the Farseer saga.
FitzChivalry—royal bastard and former king’s assassin—has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire.
Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past . . . and his future.
Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one. . . .

Praise for Fool’s Assassin
“Hobb knows the complicated workings of the wayward human heart, and she takes time to depict them in her tale, to tell her story sweetly, insistently, compellingly. . . . A book meant to be inhabited rather than run through.”The Seattle Times
“[FitzChivalry Farseer is] one of the best characters in fantasy literature.”Fantasy Book Review
“[Hobb’s] prose sparkles, her characters leap off the page.”Tordotcom
“Modern fantasy at its irresistible best.”—The Guardian
“Fantastic . . . emotionally rich storytelling.”—Library Journal (starred review)


  • And it continues.

    By hman2302
  • Fitz with the wit is witless

    By Djclobes
    Fitz can sense life in a dark room but assumes his wife is crazy and can not sense his friend? What is this? 2 critical points in the book and he is witless? - for 2 YEARS! Sorry I am very disappoint.
  • how long

    By southernblu
    do we have to wait to find out what happens next? Didn't realize how much I missed this series or characters.
  • Old and New Blood

    By Wolfeyze
    I am so glad to reunited with some of my favorite characters of all time! Now Robin Hobb has introduced me to some NEW BLOOD and I CAN NOT WAIT to find out what happens next!
  • Slow to, but it does get better

    By donebylee
    I will admit I was skeptical after the first 50 or so pages. I thought this was another Hobb disaster like the Soldier Son debacle. But it does get better. It never gets as good as the Rainwilds series, and doesn't have the interesting characters of her dragon sagas, but I did ultimately enjoy the book. I will buy the next book when it becomes available. That's about as much praise as this deserves. But I am hoping for better.
  • If I could give this 6 stars, I would.

    By Ohm4
    For any fan of the Assassin's Apprentice series, this is a dream come true! Be ready for an emotional roller coaster that had me, literally, gripping the edge of my seat as I read.
  • Fools Assain

    By Pic- one
    I could not stop reading this amazing book.
  • Bee!

    By TheWeets
    I've read everything from Assassin's Apprentice to the Rainwilds Chronicles. This book was my favorite so far! So cleverly written and wonderfully engaging, I couldn't put it down. It was like falling in love with the Fool all over again... And Nighteyes. Exceptional. Can't wait for the next one.
  • Yay

    By Quasipsyco
    I can't wait for the next one!
  • Incredible Fitz Addition

    By hakmajik
    There are many ways for there to have been a negative point deduction on this review due to plot pacing for Fool's Assassin. However, as a character play- as a progression therein and thereof- this is a magnificent entry in the FitzChivalry series from Robin Hobb. Assuredly, as some reviewers make note, there is a 'long' opening sequence; however, it's a labor of love: to existing fans, and likely to the characters and author who has dedicated nearly 2.5 (published) decades. With that said, I savored this entry like a rich, delicious red wine. Fitz's growth: absence, weakness. The Withywood additions, extras such as Lant and Shuns additions (certainly Shun was depicted as horrendously narcissistic), the interplay with Molly, and glorious Bee. More please! Finally as a caveat: this book favors those who've read her earlier Fitz series, so if you haven't, do yourself a favor and pick them up starting with Assassin's Apprentice!