My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In between books I’m asked to review and what I have to read for other reasons, I like to find time to read books I WANT to read. As I was asked to read and review the third book in this series, I decided I needed to sit down and read the first (and eventually the second) book. I was a bit skeptical going in, as I often am with fantasy reads and books pushed heavily by publishers or publicists. I’m pleasantly surprised and quite pleased overall with Fool’s Assassin. I’m keenly aware of how many series will begin with a grand stage setting, character introducing, plot reasoning, and element explaining (think- magic lore) with varying amounts of success. It’s not an easy task and certainly not something I’d suggest for a new author. Hobb, I feel, was successful in this endeavor and provided a significant amount of potential for the forthcoming story and plot threads. I enjoyed meeting the various characters and picking up on hints. Having not read Hobb’s previous books, my opinion is not set as to the overall quality of writing to be expected, but if this read is any indication then I’m to be in for quite the enjoyable experience.