Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I picked my first Farseer book only a few months ago. I don’t even remember why I picked it up from many that have been lined up. But once I did, it came to dominate my reading like few other books have. Soon I was finished with the first book, then the first trilogy and then the second trilogy. And now with the first book of the third trilogy. All of these books are long and take time and effort to read. But one after the other all 7 books kept me hooked.
What kept me hooked are two things.
First, Robin Hobb is a master of creating the inner world of a character: thoughts, feelings, struggles, dreams. This world is so detailed that it is probably half of the books. But it feels so real that it kept me glued. Understanding the characters starts to feel like understanding ourselves – my person and humanity in general. This is so so rare and rewarding that this alone is reason enough to read this trilogy of trilogies.
Second, the lead character of FitzChivalry is unique. He is very divided between what he wants to be and what his birth demands of him. He has also evolved over time – a kid to a teen to a young man to a a man in his middle age. Hobb has kept his character true for all these phases. So, now he seems like a friend known over a long period of time.
With the latest book, there is a third reason – Bee Farseer. A very unique character like FitzChivalry and already a strong reason to come back for book 2 and 3 in this series.
This book like others in the series is slow paced but rich in details. Characters are the unique strength of the series but the story is also great. Keeps you wondering what’s next. I did not like the ending but that is a small complaint.
Overall, I would recommend this book to every one who loves a good read. A must read for lovers of the fantasy genre. This series is one of the cornerstones of this genre. This book will take a bit of time to hit the book stores. Good time to pick up the earlier ones and then get to this one if you are fantasy buff. This book is great read stand alone as well.
Thank you NetGalley for an early review copy.