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.
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"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.
"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 :(
"Fitz & The fool return"
Fitz and the Fool return to one another. But this book brings together years of Fitz living out his dream. time passes quickly through the beginning of the book like no other chapter in their lives. This almost feels like it is from another author. But eventually once the story catches up with the time line the great storytelling returns. This book is focused on Fitz and his daughter Bee and takes time to get going but like all the chapters I have moved straight on to the next installment with anticipation.
"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.
"Dreadful narration. Give the sample a listen."
Worst narration I've ever heard, if a refund was available I'd have taken within the first chapter. Hobb is a great author but this has been ruined.
"worthy of the series"
good enough to warrant to restarting of the series. good enough to want the second part of the trilogy. nice double narration for the 2 main characters
"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.
"Not my favourite narrator"
The story is great but the male narrator could have been better. He often lacked expression.
"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.,
"A Slow Start To The Return of Old Friends"
The narration is better than the clip suggests but not great. Book gets going latterly.
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