Book Review: Fool’s Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #1), by: Robin Hobb
I give this book four out of five stars for elegance of prose and the deep connection Hobb manifests between the reader and her characters. Hobb’s writing is such quality, her work is a guaranteed elegant and complex read after any binge on diluted romantic nonsense. In my opinion Hobb’s work is some of the best the Fantasy genre has to offer in modern day. She showcases the beauty and wonder of a fictitious place while providing a character driven story that is moving, heart felt, and relatable to anyone.
The Rain Wilds Chronicles are the only other books by Hobb’s that I previously read. I was able to navigate this book without issue. While I’m guessing I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read the Farseer, Tawny Man, or Assassins series.
Hobb’s pacing drives me a little batty at times, I get a little antsy by the word count and time in between scenes that move the action of her plot’s forward. Hobb tends to loiter over events or things that do not drive the story. I understand it, these do produce greater depth of emotion and character. I just don’t think she needs them, Hobb can develop a character in one paragraph the likes of which other authors could not replicate in an entire novel. So I see these long scenes as very long dog trails that go nowhere and tend to sound repetitious. But they are so lovely, I forgive Hobb’s indulgence in extraneous detail.
What I struggled with most was Fitz never piecing together or comprehending his youngest daughters gifts. This undermined his intelligence and discredited the intellect and abilities his legacy is suppose to espouse. He knew his daughter had dreams like the fool did. One of her dreams came true, and he could see how profoundly changed she was when it happened. The fool was talking about finding his “son”. How did none of this discovery get explored when Fitz and the Fool were having these impossibly long conversations when the Fool was at deaths door? That annoyed me, Fitz could have figured this out and still had Hobb’s desired ending to this book.
I read this as an audio book and the narrator, Elliot Hill, was exceptional.
I’m looking forward to the 2nd book in this series, Fool’s Quest which is rumored to release in August 2015.