“Fantasy as it ought to be written.”
Those the are the words of George R. R. Martin when talking about the novels of Robin Hobb. George is right too. Robin has long been one of my favorite writers and I rank her main character FitzChivalry up against the best characters in the history of the genre.
Once, we had no idea if Robin would return to Fitz’s story. A decade had gone by between books. But then last year she published Fool’s Assassin and the fans have been giddy with excitement every since.
Well, now its sequel, Fool’s Quest, is published!
I decided to ask Robin a few short question that I’ve been curious about.
Hope you enjoy!
ROBIN HOBB ON HER NEW BOOK, FOOL’S QUEST
Shawn Speakman: FOOL’S QUEST is in fine bookstores today! It is the continuation of Fitz’s story that began in last year’s FOOL’S ASSASSIN. First, why have you returned to Fitz’s story after taking such a long break from it?
Shawn Speakman: FOOL’S QUEST is the middle book of a trilogy. How did you overcome the dangers of “middle book syndrome?” Any challenges writing this new book?
Shawn Speakman: During your recent Reddit Ask Me Anything, you said “Fitz has gotten older now. He’s still Fitz. I still love writing him.” What is it about Fitz that makes you sit down at your computer and write him?
Shawn Speakman: How is the final book of this trilogy coming along? Got a title you can share? Will it be the last Fitz book ever? Or is that blasphemy to even think about?
There you have it! From the wonderful fingers of Robin Hobb herself! Fool’s Quest is in fine bookstores now! If you are a Fitz fan—and why the hell wouldn’t you be?—go out and grab a copy! If you have not read Fitz’s tale, start with Assassin’s Apprentice. You won’t be disappointed!