'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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‘Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers’
‘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’
‘A little slice of heaven’
‘Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination’
‘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’
‘A master of “epic” fantasy’
For Soren and Felix. This one’s for the guys
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Praise for Robin Hobb (#u067bdeab-f95d-5a36-a875-3fe772c61a2c)
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)