Robin Hobb, Fool’s Assassin (Del Rey, 2014)
full disclosure: a copy of this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.
Someone tramping through the woods without corpse paint? I didn’t know that happened anymore!
photo credit: io9.com
Poor Fitz. The guy can’t catch a break. Even in Fool’s Fate, the only book where it seemed Robin Hobb might let her long-suffering main character off the hook and give him a happy ending, she had to twist the knife a time or two. And after that one, we all thought we had seen the end of FitzChivalry Farseer, Lord Chade, Kettricken, Dutiful, Molly, and the entire bunch (those who survived six books of an author almost as bloodthirtsy as George R. R. Martin, anyway). Hobb whisked us away to other lands for two series, but she just couldn’t leave well enough alone, and here we are, years later, for the opener in a new series about the staunchest allies in the Six Duchies, Fitz—now known as Tom Badgerlock—and The Fool, who wryly observes at one point, “No longer Lord Golden…but still a fool.”
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