Fool’s Assassin (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1) by Robin Hobb

Fool’s Assassin (Fitz and the Fool, Book 1)

By Robin Hobb

  • Release Date: 2014-08-12
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 143 Ratings
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'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. Martin

Robin Hobb returns to her best loved characters in a brand new series.

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.


‘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’ 5 stars for Fool’s Assassin, SFX

‘Fantasy writers don’t come much bigger than Robin Hobb’ Independent

About the author

Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction.She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska, where she learned how to raise a wolf cub, to skin a moose and to survive in the wilderness. When she married a fisherman who fished herring and the Kodiak salmon-run for half the year, these skills would stand her in good stead. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington State.


  • Fitz is back

    By toshea68
    I can not put these books down, I literally have read this book straight through. Once again Robin Hobb has brought to life an amazing character in another fantastic book. Looking forward to the second of this series.
  • Excellent

    By Lukas079033
    Pure fantasy that keeps you engaged
  • Could not put it down!!!

    By Bigchiller0
    This was a brilliant read!!! This makes seven of Hobbs books I've read and this top's off the "Fitz" story (well not just yet...#cantwait) I would recommend this!!!
  • Wow!

    By DamiSho
    As wonderful to be back as ever! Amazing read, great detail, Climatic ending! But...annoying when things are obvious to the reader but the characters are ignorant...
  • Immensely enjoyable read

    By Cochiserocks
    Real depth and intelligence that avoids many of the usual trite pitfalls of predictability many best sellers fall into. Very honest characters who don't always 'see' what's in front of them they way they tend to on television :)
  • Superb!

    By NicoLondon1985
    Years after The Tawny Man trilogy, Robin Hobb takes us back to the Six Duchies and what a pleasure this is! The ingredients that made her previous series so addictive are all there: mystery, adventure, danger, magic and more. A cast of new, fascinating characters appears alongside our old favourites and Fitz's voice is as strong as ever. I cannot recommend it enough and I cannot wait to know what happens next!
  • An old friend

    By hongyi
    From the moment I began reading I was drawn back into Fitz's world. Couldn't put it down. Such depth and ability to move me. I love character Fitz and this new series is a page turner. I am only in early chapter and can't put it down. If you loved Hobs other work you will be captivated with this new series. I am. PS. I have just finished and I am in agony to have to wait until book 2 is written. Wonderful wonderful book. Introduces a great new character. The story is a roller coaster of emotion. Anticipation, grief, joy, suspense. Hobb has created a perfect follow up to Fitz and the fool and I can't wait to devour the next book.