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…
For the past 15 years, I have been absolutely in love with all of the books that fall into the Realm of the Elderlings, but as much as I love the Rainwilds, the Six Duchies are the ones that really hold my heart. To use a phrase that I don’t usually, Fitz and the Fool are my OTP.
So yeah, I was really excited to read this.
It was great to fall back in with characters I haven’t seen for many years, to see how they’ve changed and what they’re doing now. There were a few things that happened in the Tawny Man trilogy that I had deliberately forgotten, and I was sad all over again once reminded.
There were a couple of things that niggled me, but the biggest came from the repetition of a specific plot point – I won’t name it for those that haven’t read it, but by the time it was mentioned for the umpteenth time, I found myself skipping whole paragraphs and rolling my eyes.
When that particular plot point resolved though, there were actual tears and exclamations.
There are several new threads that I’m really looking forward to exploring, and I’m 100% invested in anything that explains more of the Fool’s mysterious past.
Overall, I enjoyed it more than the Tawny Man books, less than the original trilogy (because let’s be honest, none of them are every going to be as good as those three), and I will definitely be moving onto book 2 as soon as I humanly can.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.