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Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (2002)

by Robin Hobb

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Series: Tawny Man Trilogy (1), Realm of the Elderlings (7)

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This review refers to the entire Tawny Man Trilogy:

Robin Hobb is one of my favorite fantasy authors because her stories are unique and complex and she's a great writer. Her prose is pleasant and she is particularly good at characterization; When you get finished with her books, you feel like her characters are your friends and you hate to say goodbye! Her plots are absorbing and they move forward at a pleasant pace.

Fitz of The Farseer Saga is one of my favorite fantasy heroes. He is so well characterized — I felt a lot of empathy for his situation. I was really upset when the first trilogy ended (things weren't so great for Fitz), but then I found out that his story continues in The Tawny Man Trilogy. I think that was one of the happiest days of my life. I was filled with hope for Fitz. I immediately sent my husband to the bookstore with a picture of the book and told him not to come home without it. I was happy with the way Fitz's story ended. It wasn't one of those rush, rush, and they lived happily ever after endings. It was a bit sad; it seemed realistic. It was wonderfully done. These are books that I’ll definitely read again!

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  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
This trilogy is a return to Fitz. In my opinion, that's a very, very good thing, because my enjoyment of Hobb's writing skyrocketed back up, after Liveships which I found difficult and disappointing. It's interesting to see how Hobb builds Fitz back up into a fit and capable character after his life seemed to be over at the end of Farseers. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
There are sooooo many things I like about Hobbs books, and this one was no disappointment.
The characters are the same as always,; well, even 'matured', if you may, so they show depth that others book not always show. The world is as beautiful and complex as ever, and then of course there's the politics and court intrigue... even if this one is but a prelude of what is to come.

One of the things I like most of these books, outside of character and world development, is that no matter what book you pick up first, it's well explained enough and has enough references and tidbits, that you wouldn't really get lost if you started with the last and worked your way randomly through the trilogies. Sure, you'd be missing out on the typical details of understanding and backstory, but the gist of it is explained so that you know what happened before and aren't completely lost.

I did find that this first one repeated itself a little where there was no need to. I thought it a bit odd, as I hadn't found the Farseer trilogy to be so, but it was only in a couple parts and not too noticeable, so it didn't bother me much.

At any rate, I loved this book and can't wait to finish the other two. ( )
  AshuritaLove | Apr 7, 2013 |
The books brings us back to Buch Duchy and Fitz and Nighteyes and it is a welcome return. Although I enjoyed the Liveship Traders trilogy the characters were not as engrossing or lovable as the characters in these books.

This trilogy promises to reveal more about the Wit and the Skill, as well as focusing more on the relationship between the Fool and Fitz. Hobb's writing is on top form and this, combined with the truly interesting characters and plots, means that you quickly find you can't put it down. These series are some of the best written and engrossing novels I have read in recent years and I recommend them wholeheartedly. ( )
  prettycurious | Feb 10, 2013 |
This is the start to the sequel trilogy of Hobb's earlier Farseer trilogy and it is just as good. As always Hobb's writing style is fantastic. And her characters... Fitz has matured immensely in these books but he is still the same Fitz from the earlier three books. You can see it in how he acts and responds. I love that it is shown and not really told. The book still ends up being depressing like most of Hobb's books are, but I still love them. Some people I saw found the beginning of the book a little slow. I found I liked the re-introduction to Fitz. Granted, the book becomes a 'can't put down!' book after around 200 pages. I found myself once again staying up late into the night and early morning reading because I simply couldn't bear to put it down and go to bed. And I've already read this book once. :) I absolutely love these books and I'm sure I will be rereading them again in another few years. I'm off to pounce on the next book in this Tawny Man trilogy. Highly recommend. ( )
  Kassilem | Aug 23, 2012 |
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Howe, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santikko, SauliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553582445, Mass Market Paperback)

This first volume of a new trilogy from one of fantasy's most popular and skilled authors will delight longtime Hobb fans as well as first-time readers of her work.

FitzChivalry, the hero of The Farseer trilogy, now lives an isolated and quiet life with his foster son Hap and his Wit partner wolf, Nighteyes, until he is sought out by his old mentor Chade and the enigmatic, charming Fool. Once again, duty calls: Fitz must find a missing prince and prevent political chaos in the Six Duchies. The mission will test his conflicting loyalty to country and family, his uneasy compromise with his own magic, and all the relationships he values most.

If you're a fantasy fan who hasn't yet explored the Farseer world, this is a fine place to start: Hobb deftly provides new readers with all the needed information. The finely detailed world building and intensive character development rarely slow down the action of the story. Fool's Errand is a complex, beautifully written and sometimes heart-rending examination of the consequences of duty and love. --Roz Genessee

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FitzChivalry Farseer emerges from seclusion when Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, disappears, and as Fitz sets out to find the Prince before his betrothal ceremony, he is unexpectedly confronted by betrayal and intrigue at every turn.… (more)

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