Royal Assassing by Robin Hobb, art by John Howe

A few months ago, rumour broke that Robin Hobb was working on another book in her popular Fitz & Fool series. The new book, titled The Fool’s Assassin, is the first in what Hobb is officially calling The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy, which follows The Farseer Trilogy and The Tawny Man Trilogy.

Hobb announced today that the manuscript for The Fool’s Assassin is now with her publisher, and she is determined to keep it to three books, though her recent ‘duology,’ the Rain Wild Chronicles, exceeded that length, eventually finishing after four novels.

The Fool’s Assassin is expected for release in 2014.

  • Rob B October 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Did you read “The Rain Wild Chronicles?” Soldier Son soured me a bit so I never tried those but I’d be very inclined to try the FOOL’S ASSASSIN

  • Steven M. Long October 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Yay. Not much of a comment, but it’s all I’ve got. I need to get off my butt and read The Tawny Man trilogy.

  • Aidan Moher October 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    @Rob B — No, I’ve only read Hobb’s first two trilogies. I seemed to enjoy Soldier Son more than most readers, but not enough to finish the trilogy.

    @Steven M. — Me too…

  • Cara Smoley October 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I adored Fitz and the Fool and especially Nighteyes. I will be anxiously awaiting the new book!

  • Natalie October 10, 2013 at 4:52 am

    I’ve read all Hobb’s books written so far (I’m pretty sure), and Soldier’s Son is definitely at the bottom of the pile. Read the other series – they’re much more enjoyable and have a protagonist you don’t want to shake.

  • Bill Anderson October 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

    For those that have read the first three Assassin’s books, you MUST read the Tawny Man Series. You’ve only read half (maybe less) of the story. I encouraged my wife to read-on and she is so happy I did so.

  • Marcus Fahrman October 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I actually really liked Soldier´s Son. While maybe a bit more insular and introvert than her other work, and not as emotionally resonating as the Fitz sextet, they nevertheless contained Mrs. Hobbs excellent prose, which is second to none – I daresay I’d read her grocery shopping lists with interest. Haven’t read the Rain Wild chronicles yet, but that is mostly due to me wanting to wait until the entire quadrology were available in paperbacks. Will get to those before this new series – and might also engage in a reread of the previous Fitz books…

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