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Fool’s Assassin

Fool’s Assassin
Robin Hobb

'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. MartinRobin Hobb returns to her best loved characters in a brand new series.Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more…On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing.Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger?Suddenly Fitz's violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe.

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First published in Great Britain by HarperVoyager 2014

Copyright © Robin Hobb 2014

Map and illustration copyright © Nicolette Caven 2014

Cover layout design © HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd 2015

Cover illustration © Jackie Morris; lettering by Stephen Raw.

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Source ISBN: 9780007444175

Ebook Edition © August 2014 ISBN: 9780007444182

Version: 2018-09-21

Praise for Robin Hobb (#ulink_6589e5c5-7efa-5323-88d2-13ff954c8e8d)

‘Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers’

The Times

‘Hobb is always readable. But the elegant translucence of her prose is deceptive … That is the ambition of high art. The novelists in any genre are rare who achieve it with Hobb’s combination of accessibility and moral authority’

Sunday Telegraph

‘A little slice of heaven’

Guardian

‘Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination’

Conn Iggulden

‘In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons’

George R.R. Martin

‘Robin Hobb is without question among the finest writers of fantasy working today’

SFX

‘A master of “epic” fantasy’

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Dedication (#ulink_02b8a49e-829d-579e-b9e7-bdd4d52ecd6e)

For Soren and Felix. This one’s for the guys

Contents

Cover (#ud8937416-d865-5d6d-9f5a-39941610f460)

Title Page (#ua4002a95-5773-535d-91e3-dfd7bd306a48)

Copyright (#ua6ed9d20-8a84-543c-9759-ff9293dc28d2)

Praise for Robin Hobb (#u067bdeab-f95d-5a36-a875-3fe772c61a2c)

Dedication (#ufc2a4309-390a-5efa-a0aa-4904791f87f3)

Prologue (#u1914f1bb-58d5-50b7-b73a-cbdaeea9f9f8)

Chapter One: Withywoods (#ufb9ffa79-087e-5606-b176-e36ed583eb8c)

Chapter Two: Spilled Blood (#u56f400ef-323b-5b74-bcda-b04ec0540faf)

Chapter Three: The Felling of Fallstar (#u27fe7968-f9f1-5e01-90b3-40d167eac37e)

Chapter Four: Preservation (#u13b52e36-b02b-511b-b77f-cddb0bf9033b)

Chapter Five: Arrival (#u39e67da2-e3e8-5f14-9bd2-8fd201e8969d)

Chapter Six: The Secret Child (#ub5e109c9-fcab-5290-8057-450920923f13)
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