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Fool's Assassin
Fool's Assassin: Book I of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy | Robin Hobb
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNearly 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.Tor.com Modern fantasy at its irresistible best.The Guardian Fantastic . . . emotionally rich storytelling.Library Journal (starred review)Praise for Robin Hobb Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobbs books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.George R. R. MartinFrom the Hardcover edition.
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Soubhiville
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I visited B&N this morning with a gift card from my mom ❤️📚. Here‘s what I brought home! I‘m planning on going to the B&N bookclub meeting for Sea Women in April, anyone else? It‘ll be my first one!

My next Robin Hobb read inspired by @Mitch 😊. I have done the last 2 on audio, but my library doesn‘t have this one, so print it is!

On book buying bans- how do we feel about Library sales to find books to send to friends? 🤔?

Mitch Good choices! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I'm. Planning to go for the book club meeting too! Hoping I can make it this round! Happy reading! 11mo
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coffeenebula
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Holy forking shirtballs, what a cliffhanger! 😮Thank goodness I‘m prepared and picked up Book II from the library yesterday. #WinterStormReading

🐺🐝🕯⚔️❄️

TrishB Awesome series 👍🏻 13mo
Kalalalatja I know, that cliff hanger had me like 🤯😱😵 13mo
coffeenebula @Kalalalatja And the next one has me like 😭😭😭 #allthefeels 13mo
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Kalalalatja The third one is even worse! I‘m 250 pages from the end, and I can‘t deal 😭 13mo
coffeenebula @Kalalalatja I‘m almost finished and Book 3 is waiting at the library for me. Can‘t remember when I‘ve been so immersed in a story! I‘m late for work all the time cause “just one more page!” 13mo
Kalalalatja That is the best excuse to be late! Enjoy the rest of the series 🙌 13mo
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Kalalalatja
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Pickpick

I love returning to the world of Fitz, the Fool, assassins, intrigues and drama, and this book gave me all the feels. While some things annoy me a tiny bit, all the other great things make up for it. And with a cliff hanger ending like that, I‘m so glad I have the next two books ready of my shelf!

It took some days, but first book finished of 2019 🙌

Cinfhen Yay!!! First book completed!!! 13mo
TrishB I think this is the slow build of this trilogy! Then it‘s pretty full on! 13mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB exactly! It took so long for the action to begin! But it ended in a pretty action packed way! 😱 13mo
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Cailey_Mac Ooo this one has been on my tbr for some time; maybe I‘ll get to it this year! 13mo
Kalalalatja @Cailey_Mac I highly recommend all of Hobb‘s books - some of the best fantasy books, imo 🙌 13mo
Cailey_Mac @Kalalalatja good to know! I love immersive fantasy worlds 13mo
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Kalalalatja
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I spent the first day of 2019 on my couch watching reality tv (any Love Island UK fans??? 😄), but today I‘m ready to start my first read of the year. And I know I‘m in for a good time with Robin Hobb 🙌

#currentlyreading

TrishB Enjoy 💜 14mo
Soubhiville Yes! So good! 14mo
laurenbescoby Enjoy! Amazing trilogy. X 14mo
Mdargusch Lovely photo! 14mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @Soubhiville @laurenbescoby I‘m really enjoying it so far! @Mdargusch thank you ☺️ 14mo
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Andrew65
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kgriffith
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I‘m shelving my personal library after moving apartments this summer. This is part of my secondary paper book TBR. Which should be bumped up?
These range from “have wanted to read for ages” to “picked up on a whim at ALAMW 2016” and I need your help deciding if any are must-reads for me 🤓
About my reading preferences: queer, POC, neurodiverse stories to the front! UN-recommends also appreciated. #askLitsy

zembla I've heard great things about We Love You, Charlie Freeman and The Geek Feminist Revolution, but I haven't read either yet. I'm definitely hoping to read the former in 2019. 14mo
Sweettartlaura Bel Canto is one of my top 10 books ever. Move it up 👍🏻. And People of the Book is beautiful 🙂 Make that one happen soon, too. 14mo
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Elma I haven't read it yet, but Will Grayson, Will Grayson is supposed to be great queer ya fiction. 14mo
kgriffith @Sweettartlaura Bel Canto was a tossup for primary vs secondary, so your vote tips the scales! Got another one for People of the Book on fb so that‘s two votes there, I‘m thinking it‘s gonna make the cut 😃 14mo
kgriffith @christinamcc if it doesn‘t make it to my primary list, I‘ll definitely be watching others‘ posts to see if they inform my decision to bump anything as the year goes! 14mo
kgriffith @LMJenkins This is one that‘s come up over and over in the last several years, and I think maybe I was just looking for someone to say “read this.” 🙂 14mo
Sweettartlaura Whoo hoo 🙌🏻 14mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego The only one I've read is Bel Canto. It wasnt bad. It's a slow story, but it makes the ending more impactful that way. 14mo
julesG The Eco. Always good writing! 14mo
rwmg Bel Canto for all round excellence. Also has ethnic and linguistic diversity 14mo
rwmg Though I should admit I haven't read the others 14mo
Susanita I loved Bel Canto and People of the Book. 14mo
Soubhiville I absolutely love Robin Hobb! 14mo
corycatelyn The only one I've read is will grayson, will grayson. It was good 😊 14mo
Well-ReadNeck I second all of the ones mentioned above. Also loved 14mo
Well-ReadNeck For what it‘s worth, lots of shorter books in here. Great for a readathon or just to feel like you‘re getting off to a good start if u put a few at the top! 14mo
kgriffith @Well-ReadNeck Yep, I pulled a stack of five of so of the shortest for that very reason :) 14mo
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SimplyShelia
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I read this book like an addict and have already downloaded the next in the series from my library.

Fitz is faced consistently with choices that all have less than desired outcomes. I don't want to give many details lest I spoil it for anyone but I will just say that the beginning of this series is another stellar volume in Hobb's work involving FitzChilvary.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

TrishB Brilliant series 💕 1y
SimplyShelia @TrishB I've already started the second book! I had other library holds come through but I wasn't ready to leave these characters just yet. 1y
TrishB Know exactly how you feel! 1y
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Mehso-so

Drags. There was one part where I thought I'd lost my place because Fitz was ruminating over the same topic again and I remembered reading that bit already.

Yeah_I_Read I liked the first book The Assasins Apprentice so I read the first 3 I couldn‘t get into the the Ship of Magic series or w.e. I thought it was so repetitive and the characters were past ridiculous. I know a lot of people love this author but for me it‘s just meh 🤷🏽‍♀️ (edited) 1y
Settings @Yeah_I_Read I liked the Rain Wilds and the Liveship series a lot, but I don't care so much for the Fitz books. They aren't bad though. 1y
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Andrew65
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Mmmmmmm, being in education not sure we want to teach that lesson! 😂😂😂😂

#QuotsyOct18 #Student

CMB As a retired teacher (37 yrs. US History), I disagree. Acknowledging upfront that it‘s difficult is wise, but the feeling of accomplishment at the end is priceless. I did battle re-enactments, an Ellis Island simulation, etc. but now we test to increase the profit margin of standardized testing companies so they can donate to the legislators who mandate the damn tests. Hello, Taxpayers. 😡 (edited) 1y
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Kalalalatja
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Normally, #bookmail makes my day, but I became just a tiny, little bit disappointed when I saw the second and third book of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy were shorter than the first and all my other Hobb books 😩 I‘m planning on returning them, and getting them in the right size, because otherwise I might have gone a little mad everytime I looked at them. All the other books are wonderful, though, and I can‘t wait to get to them 👏👍

laurenbescoby I hate that! I couldn't find the UK hardback of assassins quest when I eventually got round to buying it so I have the US one. Looks odd having UK, US, UK. 😕 Hopefully find the UK one at some point. 2y
emilyhaldi I don‘t blame you, that would totally aggravate my OCD! 2y
LeahBergen That would drive me crazy, too! 2y
Kalalalatja @miralunasbooknook @emilyhaldi @LeahBergen I knew I would be met with understanding! I‘m just mad, because it‘s my own fault, I just picked the cheapest without thinking about height differences 🙄🙄 2y
minkyb It‘s not your fault. Why are there so many differences. 3 categories: hardback, paperback, mass paperback. The last are supposed to be smaller. I would have been quite annoyed. 2y
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tournevis
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Taken from @lesliemarie, I can live with that! 🔪🗡️

http://www.epicreads.com/blog/ya-fantasy-novel-quiz/

Meghan1 I‘m the evil monarch!!! 😂😂😂😂 2y
tournevis Oh no! 😜 2y
lesliemarie Awesome! 2y
RamsFan1963 Im the Reluctant Rogue 2y
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Yeah_I_Read
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For anyone familiar with these books... I just finished The Farseer trilogy and I have this but I know that there is the Tawny Man series that comes first but would I be able to read this before Tawny Man and not be totally lost 😬? TIA

xicanti I strongly recommend you start with ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE--the first book in the Farseer Trilogy--and work your way forward in publication order. Hobb's books all build on one another, so while you might not be completely list you'll miss out on a lot of the effect if you start with this one. 2y
xicanti Argh, sorry, I got hung up on the Tawny Man and missed how you've already read the Farseer books. Your next stop is SHIP OF MAGIC in the Liveship Traders Trilogy. 2y
Yeah_I_Read @xicanti thanks! I did read the first three already. I bought this one not realizing how many were in between the two series lol. I just bought Ship of Magic on kindle. 😊 2y
Dragon Glad to hear Assassin‘s Apprentice is the place to start @xicanti , it was a Kindle Daily Deal. 😀🐉 2y
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wanderinglynn
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Robin Hobb fans, have you seen this?!? I think I may need this Fitz coloring book.

GondorGirl What?! How did I not know this existed!? 😍 2y
wanderinglynn @GondorGirl Right?!? That‘s what I said! 2y
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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tessavi Nighteyes😍 2y
Ruthiella Nice! I am still on the first trilogy! Love that there is lots to look forward to and that the series is complete (ahem George RR Martin)😀 2y
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toofondofbooks
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Pickpick

It was great to be back in this world. This felt very much like a setup book for the rest of the trilogy, but by no means was that bad. Hobb is such a great storyteller.

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Boooooooook saaaaaaaaale! 🙌🙌

Got all 3 of these for just under 20 bucks! 🤗

I've been waiting for the 3rd one to come out in mass market paperback so it matches the rest of my series! I am so excited to dive back into this world! I just can't decide if I am going to do a complete re-read up to these, or just wing it and hope I remember everything.

Just Gimme some of my Fitz puh-leeease! ❤️

TricksyTails I really want to start Robin Hobb but have no idea where to begin. So. Many. 2y
laurenbescoby @TricksyTails start from the beginning, Assassin's Apprentice. It's one long story. You won't regret it! 2y
TricksyTails @miralunasbooknook Thank you! I will do that. 😊 2y
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laurenbescoby @TricksyTails the only ones of hers that aren't part of the Fitz world (Realm of the Elderlings) are the soldiers son trilogy. 😊 2y
TricksyTails @miralunasbooknook Very helpful! Thanks very much! 🤗 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @TricksyTails somehow you have my email address! Drop me a line please! Goodness will. Follow. 😎 2y
Andrew65 2018 is the year I finally read these 3. 2y
Karkar I had been wondering where to start too! ☺️ 2y
Bklover Thanks for the advice. I have one Robin Hobbs but I think it‘s in the middle of something. 2y
GypsyKat I have these books sitting on my TBR shelf in my bedroom! I need to read them! 2y
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toofondofbooks
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Been saving this trilogy. Today's a great day to start. ❤🎄
#currentlylistening #audiobook

GrilledCheeseSamurai I've been saving it too. Am waiting for the 3rd book to come out in mass market paperback cuz that's how all my others in this series are. I need them to match on the bookshelf. 😁 2y
toofondofbooks @GrilledCheeseSamurai I can totally understand that lol. I like to listen to the audio. I have them all in hardback too though. That's my collector's brain. 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai I just don't know if I should do a re-read of the others first or just dive into the new trilogy. It's been sooooo long. 🤔 2y
toofondofbooks @GrilledCheeseSamurai I'm about 3 chapters in and she's doing a good job of jogging my memory about some things I'd forgotten. 2y
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KCorter
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#LitsyThisorThat is too fun to pass up ! Thanks for sharing, @hermyknee! #thisorthatswapedition

💭 Short stories
💭 Introvert (INFJ specifically)
💭 Cozy mystery
💭 Frenemies (See: Sherlock & Moriarty and Prof. X & Magneto)
💭 Cookies
💭 Quidditch Cup
💭 Hardcover
💭 I live in the land of sand but pine for the land of snow
💭 Bromance (See: Fitz and the Fool).

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Sarah1960
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Pickpick

I experienced this in audiobook. It made my long commute to work better. It was not what I expected, however I really enjoyed it immensely! I immediately went to the next installment. YAY! It does not have the "romance" with characters like Sarah Maas. However it is there with a lot of the unexpected. I loved it. If you decide to try it, please let me know your thoughts.

Sarah1960 Also, this is my FIRST Robin Hobb book, but assuredly not my last!!! So excited for the next! 2y
TrishB Wonderful series ❤ this isn't the first though? 2y
minkyb I bought Assassin‘s Apprentice but have not gotten around to it yet. Your review makes me want to start! (edited) 2y
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TrishB
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laurenbescoby YAS! 🙌 2y
Kalalalatja Perfect pick! 2y
mjdowens I love Robin Hobb. I need to get Fool's Quest still. 2y
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heikemarie
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Getting close to calling it a night. #justonorechapter #ilovefitz #ilovethefool #24in48 #halfway

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Embellembell
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This book is incredible! It's very rare that I enjoy a fantasy series this much, and I can't wait to read the other series by this author! Now to sit down with a good coffee (with some frankly dire latte art) and enjoy the evening! (Sorry for the state of this photo, still getting used to the new camera!)
#latteart #eveningsorted

Melissa_J Robin Hobb is soooo good! 3y
FrankieReads I really love her Liveship Traders and Tawny Man series. I plan to read the Rainwild Chronicles this year so I can move on to the final trilogy in The Realm of the Elderlings. 3y
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LazyOwl
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I always loved the closeness between Fitz and the Fool. I can't think of anyone better for #besties
In fact besties doesn't say enough, the relationship between them was complex and so much more intricate than friends.

I haven't yet read the third installment, but I have it on my TBR this month & I'm keen to delve into that world again.

@Tiffy_Reads

TrishB Great choice 👍 third book is 😢💗 as you would expect! 3y
Texreader Beautiful covers! 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks Pretty editions, I love her books! 📚 3y
LazyOwl @Texreader @CoffeeCatsBooks thanks 😊 they are quite lovely 3y
LazyOwl @TrishB my husband has already read, so I'm itching to read so we can discuss 😄 3y
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Embellembell
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Today's book haul with @sarahrushtxn was quite successful! I the Robert Harris books that I've read so far, so I'm very excited to read these, and I've heard amazing things about Robin Hobb books, so I think it's about time I read them!

Embellembell @Birdsong28 LOVE that book! ❤️❤️ 3y
sarahrushtxn If by successful you mean buying yourself books instead of buying something for your brother who's birthday is next week then sure, very successful 3y
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briski
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Hey look, I won a book from Goodreads! Now I just have to read the 20ish books that come first in the series. 🤦

elemenopew Completely, completely worth it. :) 3y
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Deebee
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🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐
I've been saving this series until it's complete release (not easy to do) and they're is something momentous about it being the last ever Fitz and Fool series. I found the first half a bit on the slow side but by then I was well and truly sucked into the story. Everything building to the return of the Fool with some treats cried along the way. Can't wait to read the next book! #romansty #osrbc

TrishB I've recently finished the last one.... 3y
Deebee Was it as traumatizing as I'm thinking it will be? 3y
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KCorter
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I just checked my #Goodreads for the first time in a few days and almost had a heart attack. 😍

Cinfhen Cool!!!! 3y
annkuch13 Woah 3y
julesG 😎 3y
avalinah Oh my gosh :D how AWESOME is that!!! 3y
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xicanti
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Pickpick

I love the hell out of FOOL'S ASSASSIN, but I tried to reread it at a point where I needed something upbeat--and while Hobb is occasionally funny, a feel-good happy-fest she ain't. Consequently, I stumbled and had to take a couple weeks off to tackle some shorter books before I dove back in and finished it. Hopefully I can reread FOOL'S QUEST in a more timely fashion so I can finally see how everything ends in ASSASSIN'S FATE.

TrishB I'm sadly looking forward to the end of the story 😀😔!! 3y
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I love to recommend pretty much anything by Robin Hobb. Her books are epic & magical & surprisingly real fantasy, and I adore the world-building of the Six Duchies. They get a little confusing because every one either has 'fool' or 'assassin' or both in the title, but I THINK the FitzChivalry Farseer book you wanna start with is Assassin's Apprentice. #17booklove

RadicalReader @jess.how reminds me of Assassin Creed 3y
howjessreads @RadicalReader The video game? I haven't played it. But maybe there are similarities...?? 3y
GypsyKat I have this series and the Magic ship series on a TBR shelf in my bedroom, I'll have to read them soon! 3y
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LazyOwl Love these books 😊 looking forward to the new release this year 3y
howjessreads @LazyOwl - I haven't read book 2 in this trilogy yet, bc I'm waiting for the new one so I can read them back to back! The tension is killing me! 3y
Songsofhome I've always liked fantasy but she has got me hooked! I own everything she wrote. Her series written under her own name, Megan Lindholm, is also great! 3y
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TrishB
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#favouritenonromanticcouple
#booklove17
@LibrarianRyan
Fitz and the Fool 💗 although I'm not so sure, which is how it's supposed to be!
Stole pic off internet - apologies if it's yours!

Melissa_J Great choice! 3y
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Oftencantdecide
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Mehso-so

My choice for the letter H for #LitsyAtoZ.

think the main reason this is just so-so for me is because I like some of the author's other books so much better. This book ended on a big cliffhanger, but I don't really feel the need to read the next book in the series. Still, it was nice to see families characters again and I plan on reading the sequel (probably closer to when the third book in this trilogy comes out).

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TrishB
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#2017mostanticipatedbook
So can't wait for this......but dreading the end of Fitz and the Fool 😞

annkuch13 ❤😣 3y
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writek
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Nearly done. SO much love for this book. #KBreads #audio #sff

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writek
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Secrets swirl about the house! Loving this book!
#KBreads #sff #eAudio

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writek
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So happy to be back with Fitz. Missing the Fool!
#KBreads #sff #eAudio

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writek
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First of the last series. Gotta be ready when the final book releases!
#KBreads #sff #eAudio

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TrishB

If Fitz is the main character, then the Fool is his able side-kick. Great chatacters.

TrishB Typed on the bus! 3y
Deebee I'm saving this series until the last book comes out next year - so excited to read it!! 3y
TrishB @Deebee you're in for a treat 😀 it's been Hobb at her brilliant best! 3y
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I-read-and-eat I have yet to read the new series. Reading the Rainwild Chronicles right now 😊 3y
TrishB @I-read-and-eat I have enjoyed all Hobb's books. But to me the Fitz and Fool ones are just the best. 3y
heikemarie Such a great choice! 3y
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Pickpick

If you want to read a book series where the characters do not change, then you should not read this book. If you want to read a book where the characters have aged and dealt with life since you first met them 20 years ago, then read this book. It is one of life's greatest pleasures.