Good seeing favorite characters. Not hearing them.
If you love the other FitzChivalry Farseer books, you'll love this one too! If you haven't read the other two Fitz trilogies yet, do yourself a favor..Show More » and go read them all first. You won't be sorry. And do not read any more of this review. Then come back here.
Having said that, the middle part of the book did bog down a bit with too much information and detail for me. But when it was exciting, it was thrilling! Still, I will read all of the books in this series. I already know that.
The reader, however, gets in the way of the story. I'm not sure why Elliot Hill was chosen. Perhaps because the book switches between several voices telling the story and maybe they thought he was more suited to the non-Fitz characters. It didn't work. He was quite adequate, no doubt. But these books demand more than that. I gave him 3 stars for being adequate and then took one off because he wasn't Paul Boehmer or James Langton. I particularly dislike his portrayal of the Fool after the pitch-perfect performances of him by the other two men in the previous series.
As usual, Hobb builds a rich, compelling world with fascinating characters. She has a knack of creating characters that you fall in love with and want to nurture and protect. You laugh and cry with them. You feel it when they die.
This book slowly builds to a really heart-stopping ending that leaves you hungrily anticipating the next book. And now I have to wait a whole year. I'm glad I started reading these books only recently because I have devoured them all rather quickly.
Part 2 of Fool's Assassin sees the return of the Fool. A messenger dies leaving Fitz with the task of finding the "unexpected son". Bee has grown in..Show More »to a young girl and Tom Badgerlock has taken in 2 bastard children in Shun and FitzVigilant to prevent them from being murdered. Book one in the Fitz and Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb is absolutely brilliant and is well narrated by Lee Maxwell-Simpson and Avita Jay.