Published in 2015, this is volume 2 of the “Fitz and the Fool” trilogy.
The previous volume, “Fool’s Assassin”, was published in 2014.
I’m hoping the author brings out the third and final volume before March 2017.
Robin Hobb has been world building for some years with numerous interrelated series taking place on the one alternate world. The Farseer trilogy and the Tawny Man trilogy are the most closely related prequels to this latest thriller.
Publisher’s blurb: “Long ago, Fitz and the Fool changed the world, bringing back the magic of dragons and securing both the Farseer succession and the stability of the kingdom. Or so they thought. But now the Fool is near death, maimed by mysterious pale-skinned figures whose plans for world domination hinge upon the powers the Fool may share with Fitz’s own daughter. Distracted by the Fool’s perilous health, and swept up against his will in the intrigues of the royal court, Fitz lets down his guard . . . and in a horrible instant, his world is undone and his beloved daughter stolen away by those who would use her as they had once sought to use the Fool–as a weapon. But FitzChivalry Farseer is not without weapons of his own. An ancient magic still lives in his veins. And though he may have let his skills as royal assassin diminish over the years, such things, once learned, are not so easily forgotten. Now enemies and friends alike are about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose”
A great read. ****
Copy available for loan from: Lithgow Library Learning Centre,
In the Fiction section at SF HOB. See: Catalogue Link