Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
FitzChivalry Farseer is back! Everyone has a past and some people try very hard to walk away from their past and reinvent themselves in the present and future. What you were 10 years ago might have helped you get where you are or taught you valuable, useful lessons, but that person isn’t who you are now. Or is it? What if the people from your past who you parted from long ago suddenly reappeared and pulled you back into your old life?
Why I read this book: I read Assassin’s Apprentice because it was offered as a free download on my Kindle. At that time, I wasn’t a big sci/fi or fantasy reader, but I figured since it was digital, free, and easily deletable why not check it out. I didn’t expect to like the book at all. I didn’t like it, I loved it! I bought the other two books in that trilogy and then the three books from the second trilogy featuring these characters. Now, I just sitting here…waiting on her to write the next one. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.
What I liked: The cast of characters were so familiar. It was like being reunited with old friends. There were elements of the previous six books and no eye-stabbing contradictions from the previous books.
What I didn’t like: The time line was a little hard to follow. The opening scene was a number of years after the last book in the second series. There was a fairly exciting event in the opening chapter and suddenly with the flip of the page, it was four years later. There were other big leaps forward in the time line and it seems like 15 years or more go by in the first book. Fitz/Tom also seems somewhat oblivious in this book and as a person trained to take in every detail and connect seemingly unrelated events, he sure does miss some very, very obvious things especially when it comes to Bee.