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.
I remember reading my first Fitz book back in the day *happy sigh*. It was wonderful, and sad. Later her books just got depressing. I sure hope that wont happen here :/
So Fitz is back, he is living at Whitywoods with Molly. It's a quiet life, he does not wanna go back to Buckkeep and all that. The book shows us his life, years go by. I love the daily life stories, that is what she is so good at. I do not need an army attacking, a dragon eating villages. I can just enjoy the simple life. The pretty prose. But yes of course things are brewing. They do want him back in some capacity. Something strange is happening, someone wants to get in contact with him. I guess book 2 will be more about that. The getting action part.
This book is getting to know Fitz again. I do love him, I feel so sorry for him. At one point I felt that sadness again, you know, the sadness over Nighteyes. There is another POV too, I really can't say anything about that, but the POV was clear, brilliant and strange, in a way I can't tell you. A great POV with questions that needs answering.
And the book ends with a cliffie. Noooo, you scream. Yes, sadly a cliffie. It will put book 2 in a different light. An angry light to be sure. No one messes with Fitz.
Awww, I enjoyed this book. Today I read for 3 hours straight so that I could finish it. For a 600 page book it felt so light. I can't wait to read more.
And yes there are books before this series, so I would say read those first if you want the whole story.
Hardcover, UK Edition, 630 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Harper Voyager
The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #1, Realms of the Elderlings #14