My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Fitz is happily living at Withywoods with Molly and her sons, as well as Patience and her household. Chade, Dutiful and Kettricken are still trying to get him to spend more time at Buckkeep, but, as always, Fitz is resistant to get involved in Six Duchies politics. Surely he's given enough of his life to the crown? It seems that fate is not done with Fitz, however, and a strange messenger arrives and then disappears before being able to deliver her message. It's more than 10 years before the message finally gets through, and we are left to wonder whether anything could really have been changed had the original messenger succeeded. After all, it seems that Fitz is above all else the Fool's Catalyst, and there is no escaping that.
Apart from the fact that Ms Hobb seems to have been spending far too much time with George R.R. Martin, Fool's Assassin is a fabulous read. It was wonderful to be immersed in this world again, even if I wasn't always happy about what happened to characters that I love. There are elements of this story that make Prince Regal's dungeon seem like a good time.
I can't say much more without giving major spoilers, and I think it's best to read this book without prior expectations.
I want to go back and read all of the other books set in this world over again.
Robin Hobb is a cruel, cruel woman. This book is amazing. It will be a very long wait for the next instalment.