I told myself going in that the last one was a blip.

In FOOL’S ASSASSIN I actually had a book in this wonderful series (or serieses I guess, as it’s three trilogies) that I didn’t actually enjoy that much. It was an anomaly though, right? Just a smudge on the record. There have been minor missteps before (I remember grouching about the other the top John Lithgow-ness of a certain villainous character) but never a volume that I could take or leave. So yes, I held my breath on picking up this one, but I needn’t have fretted as here we’re back on surer ground. A book that’s a full blown charge of pain and vengeance and guilt – as well as the importance of people.

It’s a challenge to review though, as saying what actually happens in it could give away what happened in the last volume and I would be loathe to ruin it for anyone. Suffice to say that when news of events reaches Fitz he heads down a very dark path laden with doom.

What I really like – as always – about Hobb’s writing is how humane it is. All the characters are recognisably human – of course, that’s what great authors do – but all of them, no matter how flawed, are all given the chance to take a road to redemption. And it’s that compassion and the belief that they can all be saved (even Regal probably back in the day if he’d just made other choices) that make these books such a wonder,

My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free. A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!

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