Every time I read a Hobb book, I end up hungry. The sweeping descriptions of food, hearth and home and traditions remain a delightful hallmark of Hobb’s writing — and Fool’s Assassin is no exception. Told largely from a first-person perspective, Hobb’s latest story will engage readers with its richly presented characterization, atmosphere and environment. The pace is slow for the first half, perhaps dwelling too much on character reintroduction and backstory, but this fascinating book really picks up in the second half.
The return of pale-skinned strangers to his door foreshadows a return to a life FitzChivalry Farseer thought he had left long behind. He lives a settled country gentleman’s life as “Tom Badgerlock” with his beloved Molly, which consumes his days and nights. These tasks also distract him from his torturous past and the absence of his friend, the Fool. But family politics, intrigue and odd occurrences conspire to drag Fitz back to a past that won’t stay in the past. (DEL REY, Aug., 688 pp., $28.00)