Review: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

October 21, 2014 5 stars, Book Review 8 ★★★★★

Review: Fool’s Assassin by Robin HobbFool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
Series: The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #1
Published by Del Rey on August 12, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Fantasy
Pages: 630
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.


Middle aged assassin attempts to retire!

I could not put down the Fool’s Assassin to save my grades! Let me set the stage a little… Tabitha says “oh hey, I got that new Robin Hobbs book you were eye balling” I was pretty excited. Then school started and I didn’t have time to breathe let alone read. Finally before I could become a complete basket case I figured I better pick something up. I picked up the new Mead book first as it was shorter, thought it would go faster for me. It was amazing and you should totally check out my review there and read it was well but… the point is I was coming off another fantastic read and dove into this one as my NEED for FANTASY to draw me away from the world of Law that was trying to swallow me whole. I could NOT put this one down. I stayed up until 2am reading when I had to be up at 6 to get my day started. There were times in the book that it was PAINFUL to put it down.

If you pick one book this year pick this one!

Here we have what seems to be just a landholder for his daughter that lives at court. Nothing special here just a middle aged man trying to live out a nice life with the wife he loves… WAIT what? He’s a trained assassin for the throne? Oh my! From there the story just grows and grows. I can’t give ANY of it away. There was just so much in this book, plots, subplots, violence, love, children, family, and duty. All the epic ingredients for another classic by Hobbs. I’m so excited about this story and can’t wait to find out how it all shakes down, the next book can’t come soon enough.


Gamer girl extraordinaire, law student, mother of twin boys and one lil girl. I can often be found taking care of my family, working on home renovation projects, reading, gaming, and all the while text warring with Tabitha.

8 Responses to “Review: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb”

  1. Jan

    This sounds very good. I haven’t read any books by Robin Hobb, but have wanted to and this seems like a good place to start.