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Publisher's Summary

Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters with the second volume in a brand-new series.

Happy endings never last....

Years ago, they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies.

But as Fitz attempts to heal his old friend in Buckkeep Castle, his young daughter, Bee, is abducted from Withywoods by pale and mysterious raiders who leave ruin and confusion in their wake. Fitz must find a way to rescue his beloved Bee.

At the same time it is the Fool's fiercest wish to return to Clerres with the best assassin he has ever known, to gain vengeance and justice. Can Fitz bear to take up the tools of his old trade again, even to avenge his dearest friend and save his child?

©2015 Lee Maxwell-Simpson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Robin's secret is not just in the detail with which she depicts the Six Duchies world she has explored over 20 years, but her emphasis on internal drama...the feelings of anguish, ambiguity, fear and failure are as familiar as those in a novel by Jonathan Franzen." (Independent on Sunday)
"Glorious and beautiful storytelling from Robin Hobb." (SciFi Now)
"Hobb seamlessly blends intrigue, action and characters who feel so real that they become more than words on a page.... Every second spent in her world is a privilege and a pleasure." (SFX)
"Robin Hobb's Fitz and the Fool series continues to delight." (Starburst Magazine)
"Another crowning career achievement in the lifetime of one of fantasy's modern-day masters." (Fantasy Book Review)
"Fantasy as it ought to be written." (George R. R. Martin)

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Brilliant

Greatly appreciate Robin Hobb sharing her gift yet again in this long awaited novel. Thoroughly enjoyed being immersed again in the adventures of Fitz and the Fool. The narration in this audio addition was perfect.
Can't wait for the sequel.

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  • Jack C
  • 05-12-16

Narration

I think someone got a name wrong on this and tried to fix the mistake by badly re-recording the word and editing it into the final piece. Its terribly done however and makes the book quite hard to listen to.

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  • Nicola
  • 11-28-17

The most boring Robin Hobb novel ever.

I'm a huge fan of Robin Hobb and read (and re-read) many of her books. Not much happens in this one. It's plainly been fattened up to make a trilogy when two books would easily have been enough to cover the lack of events. I felt like I was stuck in a loop, with Fitz's self-deprecation doing my head in. I also despised the whiny voice used for the Fool. I won't be listening to one again. I'm very disappointed.

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  • Richard
  • 11-16-17

Suicidal narration

Fool's Assassin sets the scene for this episode, and like this one, made a bit of a long drawn out meal of what our hero was getting up to. The narration doesn't help, being slow and laborious, making most characters appear permanently depressed and The Fool positively suicidal. A real shame as I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-17

setting up for the finally

as per slowly Building up to the finally with great depth. sul in coat where it is all going to end...

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  • Gary O.
  • 10-11-17

A return to form

nice to see a rich fantasy tale being told by Robin Hobb again after a couple of less interesting trilogys

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-17

love robin hobb books....

it's a great story I recommend all of robin hobb. h h h j j

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  • A. Miller
  • 07-14-17

Love the story but didn't like the narrator

All the Fitz books I absolutely love and this is no exception. Didn't connect with the narrator though...

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  • MR
  • 07-13-17

very enjoyable

Brilliant ! nicely paced and well read, characters as always from Robin are excellent entertainment.

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  • Barbara
  • 06-14-17

very relaxed atmospheric story

great story with interesting characters. So why only 3 star's because nothing much happens.
very well read and atmospheric but seams to take for ever for the story to move on.
ideal if you want a background story while working.

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  • Penelope
  • 05-23-17

Didn't hold me like first one.

I didn't dind as good as the first one, for me there was too much focus and talk of bloody revenge, and violence. I preferred Bee's part, and liked the journey to new land once the quest started. I like the two new younger characters. I also realised there wasn't going to be a conclusion in this book...so not surprised at abrupt end.
Having said all that I have bought next book because I still want to hear about Bee.

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  • j
  • 02-08-17

Robin Hobb is stellar once again.

The story is a fantastic continuation of the story of FitzChivalry Farseer. I really enjoyed having a male and female narrator, both of who did a wonderful job.

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  • 09-15-16

Robin Hobb is my absolute favorite.

And this book is ridiculously good. The narrator however was not great. The narrators should have to read the back catalogue so the understand the characters. I found myself constantly correctly his tone in my head and his voice for the fool was painful. And the rain Wilfred sounded German. But saying that I listening to it all and enjoyed it. I had read it twice and enjoyed listening to it, adds another perspective.

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  • V
  • 08-16-17

this is the stuff...brilliant Hobbs

narration so much better than book 1. He has really nailed it this time. loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-17

Great

Great book, great narration! The male reader nailed Fitz character, as did the female reader for Bee

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  • John
  • 05-21-17

Hobb at her very best

Hobb is a magnificent at story telling and this title is more proof.

I just don't understand why she hates Fitz so much? (that was supposed to be funny)

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  • Craig
  • 07-21-16

Fantastic series - really enjoyed the reading

Fitz's story stays with you like very few others. Robin Hobb is a wonderful author

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  • Ice
  • 11-19-16

outstanding

I want more moarrrr. splendid voices. a pleasure to listen to and what a wonderful continuation of the story.

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