Fitzidiot FitzChivalry Farseer is a character in a series of books by Robin Hobb, beginning with Assassin’s Apprentice and most recently in Fool’s Assassin. Hobb is usually put up on a level with George R R Martin and sometimes called the Queen of Fantasy and honestly her books are fucking awesome and are full of homosexual subtext and sometimes actual homosexuals. And dragons.
It’s really difficult to just say “the books are about this” because there are different characters with different motivations. The SERIES is (loosely) about a prophet who is trying to reintroduce dragons to the world in order to keep it from tumbling into ruin (the prophet’s forseen this as one of the many futures and he doesn’t like the look of it), and this prophet guides several characters (most famously FitzChivalry) to do certain things in order to make that happen.
The “Fitz and the Fool” books are about FitzChivalry and a court jester who go on adventures together with some other people from the court, trying to bring back dragons and also trying to keep usurpers and other enemies from overrunning the kingdom. Fitz struggles with having The Wit, a special ability to bond and talk with animals that’s considered unclean and taboo in his world. If the wrong people find out about his power, he could be lynched, or drawn and quartered, or just plain murdered. He also becomes the court’s secret assassin and likewise struggles to have a normal life while being a dirty animal talker and also killing people.
The reason people like Fitz so much (despite calling him an idiot) is that he’s a very real character— he’s kind of hard-headed and stubborn, and though he can be clever, he’s not very smart. He makes mistakes and accidentally offends people and gets in over his head in things (like normal people do) and then has to fix it, or other times live with the consequences of what he did (doing something good or bad that affects the future in large or small ways is a big theme of the books).
The books always come in trilogies according to the characters involved. In order:
The Farseer Trilogy (Fitz and the Fool):
The Liveship Traders (a LOT of people skip this one on their first readthrough, it’s a fantastic trilogy but kind of a slow burn in that it takes a little bit to get going. Skipping over it to the next trilogy is not that big of a deal):
Ship of Magic
Ship of Destiny
The Tawny Man Trilogy (the second Fitz & The Fool trilogy, aka the one that will rip out your heart and step on it repeatedly):
The Rain Wilds
Trilogy Quadogy? (people like this one. I guess. Statistically somebody must like it)
City of Dragons
Blood of Dragons
And the latest book in a new trilogy, Fool’s Assassin, another Fitz & The Fool series, was just released like. Five days ago. Which is why my dash is blowing up with Fitz stuff :3
If you have an ereader, send me an email at cyberphuck at gmail and I’ll give you a link to a site where you can get ebook copies of the series inexpensively.