“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.”
Robin Hobb is one of my favourite authors and this book continues on from three series of books I love, so my review could be slightly bias already.
This book sees us return to the world of Fitz, a character from the Assasin’s Apprentice trilogy and the Golden Fool Trilogy. I thought we had left him with his happy ending, but we join him again here to see that happy ending and his life continue forwards.
I found there were a few surprises in this book and I really don’t want to give anything away as I very much enjoyed finding out things as I went along. Not all the surprises were good, but they were required for the story to move on.
I really enjoyed reading this book and loved returning to a world I have grown familiar with and to characters I trust and love. I have re-read the previous series several times and it is extremely exciting to return with a new story and not know the ending yet. There is something comforting about reading a new story, but already knowing the characters and world in which they reside.
I love these books and would recommend any one to read the entire series right from the start!