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Fool's Assassin

Fitz and the Fool, Book 1
Series: Realms of the Elderlings, Book 14, Fitz and the Fool, Book 1
Length: 28 hrs and 40 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Robin Hobb (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"In today's crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb's books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)
"Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination." (Conn Iggulden)
"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers…what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." ( The Times)
"Robin Hobb is without question among the two or three finest writers of fantasy working today." ( SFX)
"Fantasy writers don't come much bigger than Robin Hobb." ( Independent)
"Fantasy as it ought to be written." (George R. R. Martin)

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  • 01-08-2017

more Fitz and fool

loved this ...as with all Robyn Hobbs...but not the narrators, very sorry but not at all well read😐

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  • Jo
  • 10-02-2017

Highly recommended!

Fantastic book, would recommended to anyone. however, even though it's book 1, felt as though you're reading the story from the middle. That being said, easy to follow and the narrators where lively, well spoken.

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Great story. Mediocre reading

Story was fantastic but the readers really emphasised some sentences incorrectly which detracted from the reading. Would still listen again simply for the story.

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research before reading

all his voices sound the same. he pronounces chalced as calsed but burich as bur itch

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Total waste of money and time

I can not see any redeeming features of this book. Remarkably boring, apart from some pointless “magic” it’s just an old man prattling on about his far to many feelings. And the narration sound like it’s done by a primary school teacher reading a children’s story, who constantly misreads the emotion conveyed in whatever sentence he’s reading. it’s as if he just gambles on happy, angry or sad

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Unable to finish

Poor reading, stopped listening at the change of narrators. I did like the story development.

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great story and great narration

took a few hours to get to the new narrator but afterwards was fine. great continuation of the tawny man trilogy.

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Slow to start but speeds up

Not Hobbs best work, seems slow as though she had to drag it out. Lead character constantly seems like a real dumbass which is frustrating. Narators are not the best. That said it is a good read and improves as it goes.

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I found this boring as bat shit. No real story and goes nowhere. Not worth the effort.

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slow, frustrating

I listened to the whole 3 books of Fitzchivalry Farseer bumble around being stupid, and very English. "Everything is terrible, I am guilt ridden and full of self loathing and I want everyone to know about it." I thought he might be awesome in the end or something, but he's not. The entire series is like slowly immersing yourself in despair.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-08-2019

Absolutely trash voice acting.

Ruined the book for me. The actors changed the entire feel of all the characters I had come to know & cherish, all of which portraying temperaments contrary to their characters as depicted in both the farmer trilogy and the tawny man trilogies.

That and in all honesty this is by far my most un-enjoyed book by Robin Hobb. Perhaps it’s a slow start because I’ve only gotten through about half but the story is incredibly boring and all the hinted at sub plots so far are painfully transparent whilst purporting to carry mystery.

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  • Dragonfly
  • 20-05-2017

Utterly brilliant

What a delight to be back with Fitz and the Fool! I have sorely missed them. Robin Hobb has crafted another masterpiece! Can't wait to read the next one!

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  • kdsshrub
  • 23-02-2016

Pity about lee and avita

Good book to set the seen, but narrators lacking in Quality, past narrators have made these books amazing - everyone sounds the same in these :(

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  • Adrian
  • 28-06-2017

good but a bit harder going with new narrators

I enjoyed the previous books and got used to the narrator and characters so this change made the book a bit of a drag to start but great story all the same

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  • Ben
  • 19-03-2016

Not as engaging as the previous books

This felt like one long intro to the new series. The narration could have been better, the narration of fitz seemed young and lacked depth for me and the female narrators little girl voice could be grating at times.
I don't regret buying, as I think the story will hot up in the next book and Hobb is always good, but I had very high expectations that weren't quite met.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-2016

Awful Narration of a Frustrating Story

The narrator, Lee Maxwell-Simpson is truely the worst I've ever heard. He somehow manages to put the incorrect inflection on everything, and reads each word without context, as if it isn't part of a sentence, or like he has no idea what he is reading. I had to speed him up to a silly degree just to get it over with.

Unfortunately the story isn't up to much either, very little happens, and somehow since we last joined Fitz he has lost the ability to reason or make good decisions, becoming frustratingly short sighted.

I sped through this in the hope that the sequel would be better, but I didn't enjoy it.

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  • B.Watson
  • 05-12-2016

Spoiled by narrator

The narrator isn't bad but is unfortunately handicapped by not being the same narrator as the previous series. No matter how good they are they are not the same as the previous books so it is jarring, unfortunate as the performance is actually pretty good they are just set up to fail by being compared to previous narrators. Characters have different voices and it is hard to get used to.

The book is just as good as you would expect in all other aspects, the narrator isnt a deal breaker in this instance and its well worth buying.

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  • Frances
  • 21-08-2016

Not my favourite narrator

The story is great but the male narrator could have been better. He often lacked expression.

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  • Steve W
  • 04-08-2016

Nit the best

Lots of repetition, very slow to get started, narrators sucks hairy Goats balls. Nit the best book . Shame it was a return to Robin Hobb after the assassins apprentice trilogy, which were excellent. Bring back the old narrator.,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-2019

This trilogy contains the storyline of one book

I'm a great fan of Robin Hobb and listened to most of her books. But was utterly disappointed by this trilogy. I wish I could "unread" this. The story arch would have held for one book but reads like it was stretched across three books for commercial reasons. It changes/ blemishes some of my favorite characters and don't feel true to the world previously created. It left me bored and annoyed.

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  • Mark
  • 31-01-2018

Slow and plodding until the final 10%

Never before have I read or listened to a book and felt I had to finish it out of a sense of duty rather than because I was enthralled by it. Alas this has now happened. I was curious as to where this book would lead, given that many unanswered questions in the Farseer trilogy were explained in the Tawny Man trilogy. It feels like this book was created with the idea of continuing a story that had already, satisfyingly, ended with Fitz and the Fool. The majority of this book is slow and clunky and doesn't provide the excitement and intrigue that the previous books involving Fitz and the Fool did, instead there are hints of the story finally taking off, before it's then followed by a dull plodding until the final 10% when the story becomes gripping. After this final 10% I'm confident the next two books will be as exiciting as their predecessors, it's just unfortunate you need to swim through treacle to get there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-2018

Tiresome

I usually love Robin but this story is desperately drawn out and boring. The story goes over and over the same information to the point that I will not be listening any further. Sadly in this instance it seems Robin ran out of ideas.

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