I took entirely too long to read Fool’s Assassin. I originally won it on LibraryThing Early Reviewers, but the book never arrived – I finally broke down and bought my own copy about a week ago. And then I ended up rereading all the previous six Fitz/Fool books.
This is another one of those books I knew I would like before I even read it – I’ve read the previous twelve books set in this world, and I love Robin Hobb. I didn’t think that there would be another book about Fitz – I’d figured he’d gotten his (well deserved) happy ending. I should have known better (and after rereading the previous books, the clues are there).
I’m not going to do a real review, but here are a few things:
- There’s a new narrator in the book, and that was pretty interesting.
- Fitz is way younger than I thought he was, he’s been through so much. He can totally carry a few more trilogies.
- As usual with Robin Hobb books, this book is heartbreaking.
- I still miss Nighteyes.
- I really hope two of the new characters introduced redeem themselves (like Malta from the Liveship books), because I really didn’t like them.
- Fitz is really stupid sometimes. However, this isn’t new – he’s always been horrible at seeing the obvious.
- I hate cliffhanger endings.
- I guess I’m glad I read this book a few months late because I don’t have to wait a whole year for the next book. Only eight months. Why isn’t it August 2015 right now?
- “Jumper” by Steven Gould
- “The Just City” by Jo Walton