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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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  • Nicola
  • Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • 28-11-17

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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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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Fitz`s tale gets better and better...

Solid performances by the narrators who manage to embody a number of characters very well. Good pace and enunciation.

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The story is coming to a head now

I can't wait for the final installment of this story. Bee should get her own sets of books now.

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a continually fantastic series.

I thoroughly enjoyed the dual naration in this story. my only issue is the really bad editing of the name Vindalier. it really jarred.

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Warms up towards the end

This does feel a bit stretched out, and i agree with other reviewers that the Fools voice is annoyingly pathetic.

Having said that, I have just bought the next in the series...

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Fitz back on track

The first book in this trilogy was painfully slow and dull, this, on the other hand, is everything but. Finally a story that ebbs and flows, making you fall back in love with Fitz. I started this one out of a sense of duty to the trilogy given its predecessors lack lustre performance, but I'm glad I did and look forward to the finale. This is Fitz as it should be.

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Great combining of the world

Great story but in long running stories narrator's should at least be vaguely familiar with those that went before, some accents and pronunciations were very jarring

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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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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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  • Dragonfly
  • 03-06-16

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.