Fool’s Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1)
Robin Hobb

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.

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1) book cover

I’m far from the place and person I was when I first started reading about these characters, and yet no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I find myself hooked back in with the simple opening of a book. I wondered about this one, partly because there was a regular shifting of viewpoints, and partly because I saw the end coming quite a way off which is unusual. And yet I still delighted in the language, the intrigue, and the actions of a character who still clings to being a hero in my mind, for all his faults and failings. I like him, and reading about him is something that I can never imagine getting old.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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