Fool’s Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb, a book review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Another book review, or at least I’ll try, because as I said before and will say it again. The books by Robin Hobb are my favourite and it’s difficult to do them justice by writing a proper review about them. Beware of spoilers! No seriously! Lots and lots of spoilers ahead!

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

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.

My thoughts:

How does one write a proper review for a book that is singlehandedly one of your favourites and still do it justice? Don’t look at me, I don’t know, otherwise I wouldn’t be asking this of you. If you haven’t read the books by Robin Hobb, there is no point at starting with this one, as it is a new trilogy in a group of trilogies and for the proper background story, you need to read the other books first. I’ll help you with that:

Start with the Farseer trilogy:

  • Assassin’s apprentice
  • Royal Assassin
  • Assassin’s Quest

Continue with the Liveship Traders trilogy:

  • Ship of Magic
  • The Mad Ship
  • Ship of Destiny

Next is the Tawny Man Trilogy:

  • Fool’s Errand
  • The Golden Fool
  • Fool’s FateThe Rain Wilds Chronicles:

And if you like (but not really necessary):

  • Dragons Keeper
  • Dragon Haven
  • City of Dragons
  • Blood of Dragons

Before you even contemplate beginning reading Fool’s Assassin. If you have done so, good job and continue reading this review. If not, back up now, read the other books and when you are done, come back to this review.

Last time before you can back out and stop. There are spoilers ahead!

Years after we have left the Fool and Fitz we finally come back to them. Fitz finally has Molly as his wife, only to be known as Tom Badgerlock and he and Molly manage Wittywoods. They have raised all the kids Molly and Burrich had together as well as Fitz’s and Moll’s real child Nettle. Burrich, unfortunately is no more and a lot has changed in the years. Chade is no longer hidden in the walls of Buckkeep Castle and an important influence on Kettrichen and her son Buckkeep finally has a proper skill mistress and coterie in Nettle. People with the Witt are no longer chased for their magic and it seems like peace has restored in the realms.

We see Fitz and Molly working in Wittywoods, the daily upkeep and life is good. When on a stormy and cold winterfest festival a mysterious messenger appears and disappears, again Fitz thinks nothing of it.

His old friends and his old life seem far away, but still in his mind and he thinks often about Nighteyes and the Fool. The two most important beings in his life besides Molly and Chade.

Things calm down after the winterfest and life continues. Molly gets older rapidly while Fitz keeps strong thanks to that skill healing he had years ago. And then Molly starts to behave strangely. She seems forgetful, losing her way and losing her mind. Suddenly convinced she is pregnant at her age. At first this is joyous news for Fitz, but as time passes by, there are no signs of a pregnancy and Molly’s behaviour gets stranger still. Fitz does everything he can to support her and protect her of the gossiping of their staff.

Much to everyone’s surprise, 2 years after Molly announced she was expecting, she gives birth to a tiny little daughter that they name Bee. But still no joy was given to the household as everyone expects the child to die soon and if by some miracle she would grow up, she would be handicapped for as long as she may live.

Of course Bee pulls through and we see how she grows up, not stupid as everyone expects her to be, but highly intelligent and in possession of both the Skill and Witt.

But she has a lot of trouble connecting to other people besides her mother and the unthinkable thing happens. Molly dies, Fitz loses yet another important person in his life and now he faces the world alone yet again. He needs to pull himself together to raise Bee and manage Wittywoods and also take charge of two new protégés Chade puts in his care.

Another messenger arrives, a white one leaving behind a dangerous message and an assignment for Fitz. Will he be able to carry out that oh so important assignment? Is the Fool still alive? Can he manage all the new tasks given him?

My thoughts again:

Although I am costumed to read the books by Robin Hobb in Dutch, I now have an English version in my possession and nothing really changed. The translation in Dutch was really well done and within a couple of pages, I was sucked back into the story about Fitz, the kingdoms, the Fool, politics and magic.

Robin Hobb has done it again. Whereas I struggled to read the Rain Wild Chronicles (and I still haven’t read all of them yet) this was a book I couldn’t put down. But since I’m not in school anymore and need my sleep in order to function at work I stretched my reading period.

On the one hand, I really wanted to read the whole book in just one session, on the other hand, I didn’t want it to finish. I was really strict about reading just one chapter or a couple of pages.

This book felt like seeing an old friend again, who you haven’t seen in years, but it feels like home again as soon as you pull him into your arms. I laughed and I cried, I felt sorry and I was angry. I was going through all the emotions during the reading of this epic book. Fitz and his fellow characters almost feel like family to me, more so than some of my real family.

I hunger for more, I want the whole trilogy now, please Robin, continue writing. Bring us more Fitz, Bee, Chade, the Fool and all the other familiar characters you created. Never ever stop writing these books.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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Fangirling over a new book.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. Today a quick post about myself and fangirling over a new book, a specific book to be precise. I’m talking about the new book written by Robin Hobb, Fool’s Assassin.

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Robin Hobb is my all-time favourite fantasy author. I’ve been reading her books about 15/20 years. And wow, that’s a really long time. I’ll give you a shortcut to one of my other blog posts I wrote about her and her books to give you an idea what they mean to me: farseer trilogy

I know I used a Dutch cover picture in that review, but that’s because I used to read the books in Dutch. You can’t expect a 10 year old to read English that well.

But enough about that. Me fangirling. I love books, I buy books, I devour books. There isn’t a single room in my house without books and that includes the toilet and bath chamber. I have my book cases but there are still stacks of books everywhere. I usually read several books at the same time.

Sometimes because I can’t hold interest in a particular book for too long, but I still want to read it. Sometimes because I’m listening to the audiobook, but sometimes because it’s too heavy to take the actual book with me. And sometimes because I want to keep the actual book clean and neat, usually because it’s autographed.

A couple of days before my latest trip to London, my all-time favourite author, Robin Hobb, did a book signing at Forbidden Planet (together with George R.R. Martin) and as usual I missed it with a couple of days. But from prior experience I know Forbidden Planet sells autographed copies after the signing. So one of my missions was to get my hands on a signed copy.

Traveling through London I saw huge posters hanging at tube stations, mentioning Robin Hobb’s new book and it couldn’t have made me prouder and more ecstatic.

And finally I got the time to visit Forbidden Planet and get my hands on that book. It made me feel a bit like Gollum. He, the book is all golden and shiny and it’s my precious… (Admit it, you read that in Gollum’s voice, hell I wrote it down in Gollum’s voice).

Now the thing is, I didn’t immediately started reading it. I was still traveling and as I said before I want some books kept neat. It landed between a good stack of clothes in my suitcase, waiting for me to get home.

But arriving home, still I didn’t immediately started reading it. And there’s a reason for that. I read fast, really really fast. The upside is I can read a lot in a small amount of time, the downside… well, the story finishes too early for me. Until a couple of days ago I couldn’t contain myself any longer and I took my beautiful hardcover copy of Fool’s Assassin to bed with me. Yeah I read a lot of my books either travelling or in bed before I go to sleep.

And I only read the first couple of chapters, but I missed Fitz and the Fool and Molly and Burrich and all my favourite characters. Although it’s a bit adjusting because of all the names (like I said, I’m used to read these books in Dutch) I now can hardly wait to read another chapter before sleeping and I find myself waiting until a decent time to go to bed.

I hope many more books will be written in this particular series and I hope some of you who aren’t familiar with this series will pick it up and start reading it from the start. You won’t be disappointed.

Ok, is it 10 pm yet? Can I go to bed now to read another chapter?

What are your reading habits, do you geek out or fangirl over a long anticipated book by your favourite author. Have you read the books written by Robin Hobb? Let me know!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb, a book review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Today I’ll review a book that has a special meaning for me. I’ll tell you all about it in a minute. And don’t worry; I’ll get back on those Doctor Who e-book reviews in a couple of days. But first, the Assassin’s Apprentice, the first part in the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb.

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

About the book:

  • original title: Assassin’s Apprentice
  • ISBN: 0006480098 (ISBN13: 9780006480099)
  • edition language: English
  • series: Farseer Trilogy #1, Realms of the Elderlings #1,
  • characters: Verity, Fool, Galen, FitzChivalry, Burrich
  • Author: Robin Hobb

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About the Author:RobinHobb

  • born: in California, The United States
  • gender: female
  • website: http://robinhobb.com/
  • twitter username: Robinhobb
  • genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Mystery
  • influences: Every book I ever read, every song I ever heard, every dog that e…moreEvery book I ever read, every song I ever heard, every dog that ever walked with me, every cat that ever kicked my desk clean . . . life is an influence.

** I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star ‘I liked it’ rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It’s a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I’d loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it. A 3 star means that I’ve ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes. A 4 star means I’m probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book. But I wa…more ** I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star ‘I liked it’ rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It’s a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I’d loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it. A 3 star means that I’ve ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes. A 4 star means I’m probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book. But I want you to know . . . I don’t finish books I don’t like. There’s too many good ones out there waiting to be found.

Robin Hobb is the author of three well-received fantasy trilogies: The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin’s Quest), The Liveship Traders Trilogy (Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny) and the Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool’s Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool’s Fate) Her current work in progress is entitled Shaman’s Crossing. Robin Hobb lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, and has been a professional writer for over 30 years.

In addition to writing, her interests include gardening, mushrooming, and beachcombing. She and her husband Fred have three grown children and one teenager, and three grand-children.

She also writes as Megan Lindholm, and works under that name have been finalists for the Hugo award, the Nebula Award, and the Endeavor award. She has twice won an Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Award.

My thoughts.

Before I begin reviewing the book, I think I should tell you something about how I came into contact with these books and what they mean to me.

I had a pretty rough time growing up and going through puberty. A friend of mine introduced me to fantasy books and the fantasy book store in my town. And soon that fantasy store was something I used to escape to when things got, let’s just say, a bit not good at home. It was a second home from home sort to speak. I soon got to know the owner pretty well and we developed a sort of friendship. Or more like he was there for me when I needed someone to talk to, to cry, and to laugh with and so on.

He was one of the few people that kept me going, kept me sane and introduced me to a whole new world of fantastic books I could escape into when I wasn’t able to visit his shop. I don’t think he ever knew how much he meant to me, or how much he helped me and basically saved me from myself.

Early on he introduced me to the Liveship Traders series by Robin Hobb (the second trilogy in the series) and I absolutely loved them. After reading all three of them, I moved on to the Farseer trilogy and the Tawny Man trilogy as well. After that he unfortunately had to close his shop because of the recession and people ordering cheap books online.

But those books kept me sane, kept me going, kept me fantasizing about writing my own book. Kept me wishing I could live in that world. And I try to reread the series every other year (there are now in total 13 books). And although reading them over and over again reminds me of bad times. It also reminds me of how I have grown and learned over the years. How strong I am today and without that deep dark pit that was puberty for me, I would never be the person I am today, for which I am truly grateful.

That’s why I still keep on buying actual books, besides reading e-books. Because when I look at my bookcase I don’t only see pretty covers and stacks of paper, I also see memories of good and bad times. Things I shared with people now no long in my life. Where I was when reading a book. How I felt at that moment. The story that kept me going.

Each and every book I own has its own personal story. And if you don’t love books, you don’t get it. But for me, my books are more important than a new TV or a shiny laptop. They literally are the story of my life, told by other people. Worlds I escaped in. Where I wasn’t that depressed teenager but a dragon fighter or a magician. A queen of an outstretched world, or a vampire.  I learned about magic, friendship and companions. I learned about bravery and keep on going. I learned about not giving up even though it looked so dark, to just keep on going because there was a reward at the end. That it would get better, maybe not now but soon.

Oh wow, ok, enough personal stuff now. Let’s get on with the review before I start sobbing while writing this. Just one thing, because I started reading these books at the age of around 12-13 I think. I read them all in Dutch, so if I screw up with the translation of names and places I’m sorry for that.

The real review.

Needless to say this series and the books belonging to this series are my all-time favourite fantasy books. So how do you review a book you love so much? That you want to shove it into people’s hands and demand they read it. How to you put into words what this story is about so you can do it justice so people get interested in it to actually read it. How do you explain the story in a few short sentences what the story is about without spoiling it too much?

I don’t think I can’t to be honest. I think if you read the story above about what books and this series means to me should be enough for people to start reading it. I don’t think I can write a proper review and do the book justice.

And although I understand not everyone will love these kinds of fantasy books. I do urge people to read it, if you are a lover of fantasy like I am.

So I think for now this will be my review. A glimpse into my soul and rambling of a booklover. And who knows, maybe in a year or two, when I read the whole series again. I am able to write that review. But for now? Just read it, or not. But this is one of the few books who get a 10 out of 10.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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