I picked up Fool’s Assassin because I liked the look of Assassin’s Fate which is book three in this series. I can’t read books out-of-order so I ended up buying all three. Although this is the first book in this series the main character Fitz is in another series about his early life which start with Assassin Apprentice. I wish I had known that and I would have read those book first, you don’t have to read them to understand the story, I’m just weird and like to follow the timeline correctly.
This book starts with Tom Badgerlock living a quiet life with his wife Molly on the Withywood estate, but Tom is not the normal estate Holder Tom is FitzChivalry a royal bastard who was an Assassin for the royal family as well as a forbidden magic holder. He gave up that life to have a quiet life with his wife but Fitz can no longer hide from his past when it erupts into his present and effecting his future.
When I started this book, it took me a while to find my reading rhythm. The story is a slow burner for me but once I got started I was so intrigued by this world that Robin Hobb has created. I knew that the story was building but I didn’t know to what end, and an end that took me my surprise although when you look back you can see some of the clues.
I enjoyed the fact that part way through the story we started having chapters from another character perspective, you get a better view of the goings on at the Withywood estate. It also made me became more attached to the character of Bee, you see her as she grows and how she deals in a world when she is noticeable different. I want to be Bee friend.
On another note I love the different names that are used like Nettle, Careful, Riddle etc to me it makes this world more unique.
If you want to immersed into another world and taken on a journey then I would give this book a read. I am glad that I have already bought Fool’s Quest and Assassin’s Fate so I don’t have to wait.
I give this book 4 out of 5
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