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Book Review: Fool’s Assassin, by Robin Hobb (2014).

Robin Hobb has delivered many amazing fantasy novels over the past years, developing some incredibly unforgettable characters. Two of my favourites have to be the bastard born FitzChivalry Farseer and his Wit companion Nighteyes. The Farseer Trilogy was an amazing series on its own, but as it intergrated with the Rain Wild chronicles and other series by Robin Hobb its made for a brilliant succession. The addition to a continuation of her stories is well worth the read, bringing back to life characters I thought I would not hear of again till rereading the original series. However, Robin Hobb has created yet more creative fantasy, helping to fill in gaps in other story lines as well as to bring forth an entirely new storyline in Fool’s Assassin.

This novel brings us forth to a time where FitzChivalry has finally found the freedom to live his life as he had always dreamed, with Molly as his wife, and the possibility of another child to fill their hearts and home. Fitz has not completley removed himself from court, but has definitley stepped back into the shadows, continueing on with the name Holder Tom Badgerlock of Withy woods. Under this guise he is able to live a fairly peaceable life with his wife and the last of Molly and Burrich’s children, of which he helped to raise the youngest of them until they finally leave home in search of their own lives and fortune.

As they age, Molly and Fitz give up on the idea of having another child of there own, as she realises her child bearing years have passed. But in true FitzChivalry tradition, events differ from original plans, and incredibly they are astounded to realise they were to become parents. Years, later after much hardship, disbelief and heartbreak, a child is born to them, though she is nothing that the two had expected. Fitz had fathered yet another daughter to Molly, whom they name Bee.

An unusual child born of an unusual birth, Bee is a princess belonging to the Farseer line. It is hard for both parents to remain hopeful in their strange child, as her development is much different to any other of Molly’s children, thus fearing she is simple of mind. Although Fitz desparetly tries to see Bee as any other child, he becomes disheartened especially when the child of his heart prefers he not touch her or hold her. It is not until Molly’s death that Fitz begins to get to know his daughter and become more of a father in her life. Unfortunately raising Bee is not without its events and it isn’t long before she is caught up in horrific circumstances that put her in grave danger. It is up to Fitz to save her.

Fool’s Assassin is an amazing novel that I found almost impossible to put down! I have always deeply enjoyed Robin Hobb’s writing, and this book is no exception. The bringing back to life of one of my all time favorite characters has really been a wonderful read that I have enjoyed from the very first page. To join Fitz in his world of adventure and knowing Nighteyes still lives on within him is a wonderful thought. The storyline itself is unique and incredibly well written. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy writing and a love for magic, and to anyone of the mid teen years and older. Fool’s Assassin is the first of what I believe will be yet another amazing novel written by my favourite author Robin Hobb. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence (2013).

Mark Lawrence has given us an amazing final novel to the Broken Empire series. It has been an incredible journey with Honerous Jorg Ancrath brimming with outrageous adventures which never turn out how you first expect, no matter how good the reader is at predicting plots!

In this novel we follow Jorg and his company to Vyenne, accompanied by the Guilden Guard who protect the royalty of the Hundred. Jorg’s intention is to be voted as Emperor, and has been throughout the series, but in this novel the opportunity finally becomes available. With his entourage of a variety of nobility, including his wife and newly born son, he marches right up to the gates and take what he believes is his. But all along Jorg has an anterior motive. One that will ensure human kinds existence and not eventually burned by the Builders suns.

In his own unique way, Jorg Ancrath has wormed his way into readers hearts, even though he performed some incredibly hideous acts. The feelings he finds for his son and the eventual loyalty he finds for those he chooses to see as family all give Jorg Ancrath enough heart and soul to become somewhat of a hero. Which brings us to the end of the series which in our eyes he remains a hero as the author intends and not wasted and drawn out in further novels. A brief spark, but one that produced such light it has scorched readers so they will never forget the fire that was Jorg Ancrath. Nor the fires alight in many of the other characters, too many to name here but most notably Kathrine, Makin, Father Gomst of course!

I have immensely enjoyed the Broken Empire series and I have to admit I am saddened to say goodbye. There have been some unforgettable characters and amazing plots, twists and turns. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the game of thrones genre and to anyone who enjoy blood and gore laced with humour and unique personality. I give Emperor of Thorns 10/10 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️