'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. MartinRobin 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?
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Source ISBN: 9780007444212
Ebook Edition © August 2015 ISBN: 9780007444236
To Rudyard. Still my Best Beloved
after all these years
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Chapter One: Winterfest Eve at Buckkeep
Chapter Two: Lord Feldspar
Chapter Three: The Taking of Bee
Chapter Four: The Fool’s Tale
Chapter Five: An Exchange of Substance
Chapter Six: The Witted
Chapter Seven: Secrets and a Crow
Chapter Eight: Farseers
Chapter Nine: The Crown
Chapter Ten: Tidings
Chapter Eleven: Withywoods
Chapter Twelve: The Shaysim
Chapter Thirteen: Chade’s Secret
Chapter Fourteen: Elfbark
Chapter Fifteen: Surprises
Chapter Sixteen: The Journey
Chapter Seventeen: Blood
Chapter Eighteen: The Changer
Chapter Nineteen: The Strategy
Chapter Twenty: Marking Time
Chapter Twenty-One: Vindeliar