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Fool's Errand (2001)

by Robin Hobb

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

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5,637741,805 (4.22)1 / 108
Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:â??Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobbâ??s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.â?â??George R. R. Martin 
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitzâ??s mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny.
 
Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished. Fitz, 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 himâ??or how his loyalties will be tested to the breaking point.
 
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â??[Robin] Hobb has created a world brimming with detail and complexity [and] once again proves herself a full master of the epic fantasy.â?â??Tulsa World
 
â??Splendid . . . Despite some truly wrenching twists, there is a welcome sense of new begi
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  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
As well-written as any Hobb novel - but just about bored me to tears. Not a lot happening with our favorite characters. This seemed more like it was written to fulfill a publication contract crunch than to entertain fans of the Hobb universe. The saddest bit of all is that I'll have to finish it to ensure I'm not missing out on history that will be referred to repeatedly in upcoming trilogies. Praying the next two are a bit more exciting. ( )
  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
I feel like Fitz getting back into the fray of Buck took way too much of the book. Also, even though she was incredibly insulting about it I kind of agree with Starling at the end. Fitz cannot catch a break and won't give himself a break and tends to wallow in self-pity but somehow Hobb writes this well and not obnoxiously. ( )
  FourOfFiveWits | Sep 19, 2023 |
I cried. ( )
  camb2mr | Aug 26, 2022 |
The first half of this book brought me so much joy. The last chapters just gave me sadness.
If you like the characters, you will love this book. If you don't like the characters, how did you get to the seventh book in the series?

I liked that there was a focus on relationships and trust more than anything else. It was wonderful!

I was more than happy to go back to Fitz and Nighteyes after reading the Liveship Traders trilogy. That trilogy was really good, but I missed them so much. I am also very excited because the Fool was always present in this book and I love him and I want to know more about him. The relationship between those three is the best thing I have ever read about.

I think I have never read a book with so many cats in it. Cat lovers will love it! Or maybe not since most of the cats are not very nice.

I only didn't like the information dump that occured near the end and there were several pages of it. However, that is not enough to take away my love for this book. I honestly think is my favourite in the Realm of Elderlings series so far.
I have high expectations for the Tawny Man trilogy as a whole. ( )
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robin Hobbprimary authorall editionscalculated
Howe, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langton, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santikko, SauliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:â??Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobbâ??s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.â?â??George R. R. Martin 
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitzâ??s mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny.
 
Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished. Fitz, 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 himâ??or how his loyalties will be tested to the breaking point.
 
Praise for Robin Hobb and Foolâ??s Errand
 
â??[Robin] Hobb has created a world brimming with detail and complexity [and] once again proves herself a full master of the epic fantasy.â?â??Tulsa World
 
â??Splendid . . . Despite some truly wrenching twists, there is a welcome sense of new begi

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