Fool’s Assassin in the newest book by Robin Hobb. It is the first book in her new The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy. The hardcover is set to be released in August of this year. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an electronic ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
The story and legacy of FitzChivalry Farseer, former royal assassin, continues. He is a middle-aged man now going by the name of Tom Badgerlock and hasn’t killed in decades. He is living happily with his wife, Molly, in the small country town of Withywood, though he is plagued by memories of his old friend, The Fool.
Though she is past her prime, Molly informs Fitz that she is pregnant. Knowing that she is too old, Fitz believes that Molly’s pregnancy is a product of her imagination, a belief that is reinforced when, two years later, Molly still claims to be pregnant.
Though I have only read the first of the Hobb’s trilogies that takes place in the Six Duchies (Farseer Trilogy), I was able to pick this book up and within a few pages, I felt I was caught up enough in the story to understand what was going on. I know there’s a large block of story that I’ve missed, but it’s not completely necessary to know it before reading this novel. However, it has definitely reignited my passion for this storyline, so I may be finding myself going back and reading those skipped chronicles soon.
Full of action, solid story-telling, and beautifully unique detail, Fool’s Assassin is a wonderful addition to Hobb’s world of the Six Duchies. I look forward to reading the rest of this trilogy, and only wish that it hadn’t ended with such an exciting cliff hanger. Now I have to wait to continue on! In the meantime, though, I’ll go back and see what I missed.