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Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Robin Hobb

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For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that is about to change when destiny seeks him once again. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished and FitzChivalry, possessed of magical skills both royal and profane, is the only one who can retrieve him in time for his betrothal ceremony--thus sparing the Six Duchies profound political embarrassment ... or worse. But even Fitz does not suspect the web of treachery that awaits him or how his loyalties to his Queen, his partner, and those who share his magic will be tested to the breaking point.… (more)
Title:Fool's Errand
Authors:Robin Hobb
Info:Voyager (2001), Edition: Second Edition, Hardcover, 592 pages
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Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb (2001)



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This story starts 15 years after the end of the first trilogy Assassin's Quest, with Fitz settled in a remote, practical, simple existence. He's semi-adopted a boy and wants to do right by him with a good apprentice position. All quiet and safe. However, there are big rumblings developing. There is a powerful rebel witted faction that wants to kidnap the prince and expose him as witted, thus forcing witted rights and powers on the kingdom. Meanwhile, the prince is betrothed to an out-islander, a delicate situation given the prolonged wars a generation ago.

Fitz is drawn back into the fray to try to retrieve the boy prince.

This book feels like familiar territory, neatly following on from the first trilogy, with continuing storylines and tensions, but also touching on what happened in the intervening trilogy, especially with the Fool, who is now Lord Golden, and opultently rich nobleman (or at least he is professing to be this). ( )
  RachDan | Dec 19, 2019 |
The story of Fitz continues many years later with Fitz finding solitude before being brought back into the realm of the Six Duchies. This book follows the events of the previous trilogy, that I would highly recommend reading that first. The book does a good job of reminiscing about past events to remind you. The book is great and is filled with the quality writing and interesting characters that you expect with Robin Hobb. This first book in the series is very slow and takes its time letting you get to know Fitz again. The real story doesn't start until about half way through. ( )
  renbedell | Oct 28, 2019 |
Eerste deel uit de 3e trilogie van de Eldering serie.

Het is serieus een mooie, gedenkwaardige en aangrijpende terugkeer naar de wereld van Fitz, Nachtogen en de reis van de Fool. Eerlijk gezegd, na de teleurstelling met het laatste deel uit de Zieners-trilogie, en na de grootsheid van de Levende Schip-trilogie, had ik niet verwacht te ontdekken hoeveel ik Fitz, de Nar en Nachtogen gemist had.

Vijftien jaar zijn verstreken sinds het einde van [b:Vermogen en Wijsheid|2933303|Vermogen en Wijsheid (De Boeken van de Zieners, #3)|Robin Hobb|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1326561749s/2933303.jpg|503752], FitzChivalry Ziener, nu genaamd Tom Dassenkop (een persona / identiteit die hij creëerde om zijn verleden te vergeten en opnieuw te beginnen) leeft in een zelfopgelegde ballingschap met Nachtogen and Pé. Deze ballingschap begon natuurlijk te veranderen toen bekende gezichten uit het verleden van Fitz op zijn deur klopten.

De eerste helft van het boek verhaalt voornamelijk over de dingen die hij deed gedurende de 15 jaren tussen beide delen. Het tweede deel richtte zich vooral op de zoektocht naar Prins Plicht. Dit is geen herhaling van de zoektocht naar Koning Waarheid.
Hoewel het er al aan zat te komen, was ik toch geschokt door de dood van Nachtogen.

Langzaam worden de werelden van Beijerstad en Hertenhorst bij elkaar gebracht. Op naar het volgende deel in de serie. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
probably a 3.5*, but felt it lagged a bit in the middle. ( )
  PhilOnTheHill | Sep 8, 2019 |
It’s necessary to have read The Farseer before moving on to The Tawny Man, because this book is so heavily dependent on the events of the earlier books that it won’t make any sense otherwise. It’s also important to have grown to know the characters through the earlier books, because so much of Fool’s Errand turns on the deep friendship between Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. You probably don’t have to have read The Liveship Traders as well, but there are a couple of neat references whose significance would be lost otherwise, such as the Fool’s characteristically irreverent decision to call his horse Malta, and Fitz’s unintentional visit to Others’ Island. It was an absolute joy to return to the Six Duchies again, not just because I was rejoining some of my most beloved characters in fiction, but also due to the quality of the writing. Fitz has a very distinctive narrative voice – aggressive, contemplative and poetic by turns – and I’m glad to have him back. And the Fool too, of course, with his enigmatic prophecies...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2013/05/19/fools-errand-robin-hobb/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Aug 6, 2019 |
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