I've loved every previous book in Robin Hobb's series, but...I'm not so sure about this one.
Fitz didn't seem quite like Fitz to me. He isn't really on the ball and allows a guest to sit waiting for him until it is too late, is surprisingly unobservant when uninvited "musicians" show up for festivities, and throughout the book, just doesn't seem alert enough.
Molly's pregnancy is a bit weird. A bit? No, really weird. And the Fool? I just don't like the turn this has taken.
Do I sound like a discombobulated fan-girl? Am I one of those misguided individuals who wants the story to follow her own demands? Yes. I want the same feelings I had with the previous trilogies. So don't tell me I need to be flexible and open to new concepts--I've tried and am still disturbed. (I have to admit that the death of Nighteyes (Fool's Fate, 2004 ) is a grief from which I've not yet fully recovered and may give a clue to my investment.)
Years ago, I started with The Liveship trilogy, then The Farseer trilogy, then The Tawny Man trilogy, and a couple in The Rainwild Chronicles. I was so excited about more adventures with Fitz and the Fool; I wish I'd liked it better.
Will I read the next in this new trilogy? Of course. And I hope I will find some sense of familiarity that I didn't find in Fool's Assassin.
The few reviews I've seen so far seem quite happy with the book. I may be the only one who is less than pleased with the new path the series has taken. I can't really review it without spoilers, either.
Read in April; blog review scheduled for Aug. 6.
Fantasy. Aug. 12, 2014. Print version: 688 pages.