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Fool's Assassin

av Robin Hobb

Andra författare: Nicolette Caven (Floor plan)

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Serier: Fitz and the Fool Trilogy (1), Realm of the Elderlings (14)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Thriller. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Nearly twenty years ago, Robin Hobb burst upon the fantasy scene with the first of her acclaimed Farseer novels, Assassins Apprentice, which introduced the characters of FitzChivalry Farseer and his uncanny friend the Fool. A watershed moment in modern fantasy, this noveland those that followedbroke exciting new ground in a beloved genre. Together with George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb helped pave the way for such talented new voices as Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, and Naomi Novik.
 
Over the years, Hobbs imagination has soared throughout the mythic lands of the Six Duchies in such bestselling series as the Liveship Traders Trilogy and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. But no matter how far she roamed, her heart always remained with Fitz. And now, at last, she has come home, with an astonishing new novel that opens a dark and gripping chapter in the Farseer saga.
 
FitzChivalryroyal bastard and former kings assassinhas left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire.
 
Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitzs past . . . and his future.
 
Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one. . . .

Praise for Fools Assassin
 
Hobb knows the complicated workings of the wayward human heart, and she takes time to depict them in her tale, to tell her story sweetly, insistently, compellingly. . . . A book meant to be inhabited rather than run through.The Seattle Times
 
[FitzChivalry Farseer is] one of the best characters in fantasy literature.Fantasy Book Review
 
[Hobbs] prose sparkles, her characters leap off the page.Tordotcom
 
Modern fantasy at its irresistible best.The Guardian
 
Fantastic . . . emotionally rich storytelling.Library Journal (starred review).
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Tom Badgerlock begins this tale as the sole protagonist but Hobb gradually adds in other perspectives to round a fascinating world with a modest cast. Now, this is not Hobb's first series about this character, AKA Fitzchivalry. And the "fool" does not enter the action for a very long time. As this is a trilogy, these 2 characters' relationship plays a larger and larger role as does Tom's abnormally born daughter, Bee. Hobb skillfully weaves a variety of characters and their interacting stories into this narrative as well as antagonists and mysterious visitors. One of Tom's strangest habits (well, strange to me at least) is his habit of writing about his life and then usually burning them before anyone else can read them. However, he does reveal that he is a thoughtful, deep thinker on many issues of life...even when he stumbles badly in many ways. Wonderful writing, inventive plot, great characterization.
  thedenathome | Jun 6, 2024 |
nascita di Ape
ritorno del Matto

una stella in meno per l'incoerenza:

Fizt addomesticato lo tollero,
lo Spirito quasi atrofizzato lo capisco,
L'Arte inutile o utile a seconda della trama non è una sorpresa
ma l'addestramento da assassino completamente svanito????? la profonda capacità di osservazione, i balzi deduttivi???
15anni felici in campagna non spiegano l'ottusita
ne l'istinto paterno spiega un assassinio con 3 coltellate in un unico balzo incosciente
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  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
This is a hard book to rate, so I spent a few days thinking about it, and ultimately think it could be anything from a 2.5 to a 4. It is a book in which very little happens except for some very slow-paced character development. Hobb once again puts on a master class in frustrating her reader with her characters' (often absurd) level of self doubt. The story has strange absurdist and surreal elements to it, which were not fully fleshed out though they set the stage for subsequent books. The plot was simply awful. Every new character she introduced was nauseating, and the entire story behind and involving the Fool shows such a less developed sense of detail than her character development that you wonder why there is a story at all.

I'll probably read the next book, but I really hope Hobb learns how to make her Fitz novels more compelling (in the way that her Liveship series was).
( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
In Book 1 of the latest Farseer trilogy, Fitz is firmly esconced in his life as alter ego Tom Badgerlock, a holder who has the running of his daughter Nettles' estate of Withywoods. His wife is well into middle age while he remains physically in his mid 30s due to a healing done on him years ago using the Skill magic. Molly's children from her first marriage to Burrich have all left home and have families and/or absorbing jobs of their own as does his foster son Hap the harper and their own daughter Nettle, who is Skillmistress to the Queen and lives at Buckkeep Castle. Fitz's old spy master and mentor Chade is still thriving and ends up sending two strays to 'Tom' for him to house and keep safe as both are in danger from enemies. Meanwhile, the lives of Tom and Molly are complicated by the arrival of a strange new child, Bee.

As usual this is beautifully written and it was that which kept me going when the story lagged and was lost in huge amounts of the domestic concerns of running a large household, pangs about Molly's ageing, various parenting issues, and Fitz's brooding about how he misses his close friend the Fool. Unlike earlier volumes in this extended series this book has a dual viewpoint which helped to add some interest. I have always found Fitz irritating, and I'm afraid the author's tendency to make characters obtuse to the point of stupidity, which I have commented on in previous reviews, was deployed once again. When a supposedly intelligent character (Fitz) remains completely oblivious to the truth in front of him, which was obvious to me from the moment his child was born, it just makes the reader impatient with the character's plot-determined stupidity.

Also, although it is reasonable that Fitz has tried to move on from his past life as an assassin and tool of the monarchy to whom he is related, his negligence when told that a messenger had arrived with an urgent message for him at the beginning of the story beggared belief. Especially when his steward told him that the woman was pale - because all through the book he repeatedly broods over how he misses the Fool and wishes he would have a message from him. So you would think that a flag like that would have him rushing off to speak to her. Because he was busy, had guests in the house for a celebration and was keeping his wife waiting for a dance, he puts off meeting the messenger to the point of eventually telling his steward to offer her a room for the night with the intention of finally finding out why she is there the next day. Molly is dancing with someone else when he goes into the party, yet he doesn't then pop out and find out what is so urgent and why the messenger seems to think she's in danger. Meanwhile he agrees with his friend Riddle that certain "minstrels" who have turned up without instruments at the party and seem to be going round looking for someone are suspicious characters then does absolutely nothing about it. I found all that extremely unconvincing and an example of how too often the author makes characters act in certain ways purely to serve the plot, regardless of how out of character it makes them.

I also found him obtuse at times regarding Bee's plight with the bullying she receives especially from certain children, given that he had a rotten childhood himself at the hands of bullies, and was becoming irritated again when her tutor took their part in the schoolroom scene. So it was a relief when Tom/Fitz finally showed that he took her part. But it was all too little, too late and he blundered seriously , making it necessary for him to leave Bee in the care of certain people who had already proved how totally unsuited they were and how unworthy of trust. That action of his seemed too extreme also; it is setup by having something happen beforehand that upsets him but jars badly with his portrayal throughout the story of someone who had lost his edge. Whereas if he had been suffering from PTSD it might have made sense.

Another problem I had was that I couldn't stand the character of Shun (and wasn't too keen on the tutor but he wasn't quite so awful). Possibly she was supposed to be the 'person you are meant to hate' but I did think it spineless of Fitz not to have refused to take her into his household given early indications of what an unpleasant troublemaker she was going to become. She is a caricatured drama queen/diva and it's a pity that someone a lot nicer was killed off and not her.

Given all this, the outcome at the story's end wasn't totally unexpected, though the Fool's reintroduction was well managed. Overall I would rate this at 3 stars. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Everything about this read was awesome. I absolutely loved the deliberate slowness with which Hobb sets up the plot. I felt like all the tough bits I found in the Farseer Trilogy were righted in this book. I care about the characters. I feel their joy and their pain and I worry about their decisions. Hobb develops a sense of PLACE in this text which anchors the story - something I feel the Farseer Trilogy never managed.

In short - read it! You might have a few sleepless nights - as I did - but that's how you know you've discovered the BEST sort of book! ( )
  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
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It is still impossible to resist. And when the seeds of doom Hobb sowed so near the start of the novel finally begin to sprout, when the life of contentment Fitz has built so carefully around himself starts to crumble in earnest, it is hard to know whether to read as fast as possible, to find out what happens, or to savour the pages, knowing this is the start of another trilogy and that the ending will leave you bereft.
tillagd av dClauzel | ändraThe Guardian (Sep 10, 2014)
 

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Caven, NicoletteFloor planmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Colucci, AlejandroOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Leung, BeverlyOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Zucker, Christopher M.Formgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Thriller. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Nearly twenty years ago, Robin Hobb burst upon the fantasy scene with the first of her acclaimed Farseer novels, Assassins Apprentice, which introduced the characters of FitzChivalry Farseer and his uncanny friend the Fool. A watershed moment in modern fantasy, this noveland those that followedbroke exciting new ground in a beloved genre. Together with George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb helped pave the way for such talented new voices as Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, and Naomi Novik.
 
Over the years, Hobbs imagination has soared throughout the mythic lands of the Six Duchies in such bestselling series as the Liveship Traders Trilogy and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. But no matter how far she roamed, her heart always remained with Fitz. And now, at last, she has come home, with an astonishing new novel that opens a dark and gripping chapter in the Farseer saga.
 
FitzChivalryroyal bastard and former kings assassinhas left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire.
 
Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitzs past . . . and his future.
 
Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one. . . .

Praise for Fools Assassin
 
Hobb knows the complicated workings of the wayward human heart, and she takes time to depict them in her tale, to tell her story sweetly, insistently, compellingly. . . . A book meant to be inhabited rather than run through.The Seattle Times
 
[FitzChivalry Farseer is] one of the best characters in fantasy literature.Fantasy Book Review
 
[Hobbs] prose sparkles, her characters leap off the page.Tordotcom
 
Modern fantasy at its irresistible best.The Guardian
 
Fantastic . . . emotionally rich storytelling.Library Journal (starred review).

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