I hated her when I was a boy.
–Robin Hobb - Fool's Assassin - c2014
The Fitz and the Fool ; book 1
Realm of the Elderlings #14
Okay, so years and years ago, so many years ago in fact that it was before this blog and before Goodreads and all that jazz, I read and loved Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice. It wasn’t when it was published, maybe early 2000s. Anyway, a long time ago. And I loved it. And the whole trilogy. And the trilogy after that, and after that too!
And I did know that she had returned to Fitz’s story, but for some reason I put off reading the books. I’m not sure why. Sometimes when I’ve really loved something I avoid returning to it in case the suck fairy has visited. I don’t know if that was the case with this, its more like I hoped I’d love it and just wanted to be able to savour it. Plus there are so many books out there, how and when am I supposed to find the time.
But, in March I was browsing the library’s ebooks and there was Fool’s Assassin just sitting there, waiting for me. So of course I clicked borrow.
You guys… it is awesome.
I mean it is so Robin Hobb’s Fitz that I just… I haven’t read these books in so long. And I’m not even sure if I reread them because they are big long books and I was in that stage where I could buy new books so didn’t need to reread as often as I once did. And maybe the size of them put me off rereading them, but as soon as I started this one I was back with Fitz and I remembered how his story was just brutal and upsetting. Him and Burrich! and Nosey! and Nighteyes! Never mind the Fool and Molly.
Loved it loved it loved it.
And yes, I am aware that this is less a review and more of a nostalgia trip, but what the hell, this is my site and I’ll do what I like.
Go read these books!