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In Fool's Errand, first of the "Tawny Man" trilogy, Robin Hobb brings back Fitz, hero of her emotionally powerful and intrigue-filled Assassin trilogy, from 15 years of self-imposed exile from his royal relations and from the world of power. Hobb is particularly good at the passage of time and the things it does not change; Fitz plausibly thinks of himself as older and mor ...more
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Cree I would definitely start with the Farseer trilogy. There are a lot of references to the past that, if you read the first trilogy, will be more…moreI would definitely start with the Farseer trilogy. There are a lot of references to the past that, if you read the first trilogy, will be more powerful. Plus, I loved the first trilogy. (less)
Axel While you can read the Tawny Man trilogy without reading the Liveship trilogy without being completely lost, it does play out in between the Farseer…moreWhile you can read the Tawny Man trilogy without reading the Liveship trilogy without being completely lost, it does play out in between the Farseer and the Tawny Man trilogies chronologically and there are some characters that are introduced and events that occur in the Liveship trilogy that are relevant to the plot in the Tawny Man trilogy.(less)
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Bookworm Sean
The characterisation of Fitschivalry through the series is brilliant; the books are told from the first person, almost entirely, thus the reader witnesses the change in his thoughts as he grows into a man. In this book, he has developed a new persona: Tom Badgerlock. This is set fifteen years after the Red Ship wars and King Verity’s reawakening of the Dragons.

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Tom Badgerlock is the person Fitschivalry has evolved into: the one he always wanted to be; he is the man with a simple life, a small fa
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Hanne
This is more or less what I look like whenever FitzChivalry Farseer is involved:


So many books later, and I’m still feeling überprotective of Fitz. I got furious with his neighbour when he attacked Fitz in the market place, I wanted to kick Starling out of the door (and none too gently), and I was even too angry to cry when the inevitable happened (view spoiler).

What Robin Hobb manages to do is quite amazin
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David Sven
Again, Robin Hobb demonstrates that you don’t need to write grimdark to generate realism, high drama, or sinister undertones. Now I love my grimdark as much as Hannibal loves liver *phphpht*, but Hobb’s realism is expressed in believable characters, complex relationships, detailed worldbuilding...wait wait wait a minute now...what about blood and guts? Yes, there will be blood too, but the joojoo is not in the gore - the joojoo is in the sustained threat of violence - the joojoo is in the way th ...more
Hanna
3.75

GAAH! These books frustrate the hell out of me! Absolutely and wholly.
But I love them. The plot. The characters.

I think I hate them like I do because they are so damn realistic. Never the happy ending to anything. Only the harsh and brutal reality.

The main character is brave. And good. Lovable. He is also a fool. A wimp. That makes mistakes. That you yell "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING!?" at.
Same for other characters. One moment you scream your head of at them. The next you sit there grinn
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Dara
Fool's Errand picks up 15 years after the events of Assassin's Quest. Fitz is living a quite life in a cottage with a boy he adopted and his loyal wolf Nighteyes. Naturally, things can't stay quiet for poor Fitzy Fitz. Adventure comes to his door in the shape of Chade, followed by the Fool.

The first 5 chapters or so deal primarily with catching up with Fitz and finding out what's been going on in his life. In any other writer's hands this would be tedious but Hobb slowly reveals his past in a ta
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Eddie Costello
The first half is meh; second half better meh

While I did end up enjoying it, it was just so slow and boring yet it still manages to bring a major case of the feels.(still reeling over that one)

The characters are,like always, excellent but they're different and while it's more realistic I still wanted more of younger Fitz.

Hopefully the next book is much better but after 6 book I fully trust Robin Hobb and am extremely excited the next two books in the trilogy
Kat  Hooper
Updated August 2014.
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...


“Alone again. It isn’t fair. Truly it isn’t. You’ve the saddest song of any man I’ve ever known.” ~Starling Birdsong, minstrel to Queen Kettricken
I squealed with delight when I recently opened a box from Brilliance Audio and found a review copy of Fool’s Errand inside. This is an old favorite that, for years, I had planned to re-read. Since Hobb’s new book comes out next week, this seemed like th
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Chris
I see that I still haven't reviewed this, and I'm already 40% into the second one.

Well, there isn't a lot to say, really. If you like Hobb and her previous two trilogies about the Elderlings Realm, you'll want to continue. Here, we're back to the first person narrative of Fitz himself, and it's great to catch up with old friends.

The story itself is decent enough, but what struck me about this particular book was the slow build. True, this is a staple of long Hobb books, but here is where it real
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Em
This is my third time of reading this series and it still remains my absolute favourite! Fitz, Fool and of course Nighteyes are absolute heroes and can do no wrong in my eyes.

Wishful thinking below, but who cares and I may get my wish come true in the new series, you never know!


Maurinejt
The first time I read Fool's Errand, I would not have given it 5 stars. I read it when it came out--actually before, since I had the advance. I wanted to know what happened to Fitz and his friends so desperately, and the story doesn't go anywhere fast. I finished it disappointed and dissatisfied. And Robin Hobb tends to backload her books. I noticed starting with this one, but Ship of Magic suffers from it too. It seems as though it is hard for her to get started and there is time more or less s ...more
Qt
While this is the first book in a trilogy, it seems that there are a couple of other trilogies that precede it, and I think it would have been quite helpful had I read those first. I didn't feel lost--I could follow the plot well enough--but there was so much backstory, so much interesting history that I think it would have added to the experience, and helped to understand the characters and their motivations better, had I read those other books first.
Still, I enjoyed "Fool's Errand." I'd never
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Zayne
Fifteen years after the last trilogy, an older Fitz is living in a small home with his son and his wolf Nighteyes. He lives a quiet life, tending to his home and garden while raising his boy. Of course, things never stay too quiet for Fitz. Chade and the Fool come knocking on his door. Prince Dutiful is missing, and it's up to Fitz to save him.

The book starts off catching up with Fitz. For the first couple hundred pages, it's all about Fitz and his past and what he's been up to in the last fifte
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Kim
Astounding. More please!
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Jamie
I had lost my taste for swords-n-horses fantasy until a few years ago, when I was persuaded by many enthusiastic recommendations to read George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series. I enjoyed it so much that I began to sample this genre again, and Robin Hobb is one of my favorite discoveries of this year.

I can see where not everyone would enjoy these books. They're long and slowly plotted, with more character development than action. The medieval setting is pretty standard and there's nothing part
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
Another buddy read with the fantabulous and marvelous David Green!

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“The truth, I discovered, is a tree that grows as a man gains access to experience. A child sees the acorn of his daily life, but a man looks back on the oak.”

“Death is always less painful and easier than life! You speak true. And yet we do not, day to day, choose death. Because ultimately, death is not the opposite of life, but the opposite of choice. Death is what you get when there are no choices left to make.”

Somehow I have
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Myridian
This series returns to the world of FitzChivalry Farseer. Only now he has renamed himself Tom Badgerlock. Ten years have passed since he retired from court intrigue and politics, but (of course) there is need for him again and he is drawn back. He is required to go and save his son (of his body only). The agent of this change is the Fool, also known as the White Prophet, who also has a new name, Lord Golden. While the story felt a bit pedestrian, the familiar characters drew me along and made me ...more
Kat
I woke up this morning and thought to myself... "hey, I really feel like having my heart ripped out and dashed upon the stones."
Yes, it is definitely time to reconnect with Fitz.
JoAnna
My favorite Robin Hobb book yet. I really related to the older FitzChivalry more and also like the story line. I was glad he wasn't going to spend the entire rest of his life in hiding.
Filipa
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15 anos após os acontecimentos d' A Saga do Assassino, Fitz e companhia voltam a relatar-nos as aventuras no reino dos Seis Ducados.
Depois do conturbado final do livro A Demanda do Visionário, Fitz Cavalaria decide viver em reclusão. Poucos são os que não o dão como morto e portanto, o bastardo da linhagem dos Visionário, vive uma vida recatada na sua cabana com o seu lobo Olhos-de-Noite e o seu aprendiz Zar. Se por vezes, Fitz sente vontade de voltar a Torre de Cervo
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Rob
Executive Summary: This is another great entry in the Realm of the Ederlings. It picks up not long after the Liveship Traders and 15 years after the Farseer Trilogy.

If you enjoyed those previous books, I imagine you will enjoy this one as well. If you haven't read those books, I highly recommend you do before starting this one.

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Like all the previous books in the Realm of the Ederlings books, this starts off slow without much indication as to what the main plot will be.

In a lot of boo
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Miri
Spoilers!!!

What a pleasure to come across Fitz and the Fool again.
15 years have passed since the end of Royal Assassin, and Fitz is no longer FitzChivalry Fraseer, the witted bastard everyone believes is long dead. He is now known as Tom Badgerlock, a farmer.

I loved getting a full account of what happened to him since we've last seen him, dreaming about carving his own dragon with Nighteyes. His meeting with Chade was heart worming and dream shattering at the same time, but ever since the Fool,
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Freya
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Nithin
After 10 hours of near non-stop reading, I have finished reading this extraordinary book. After beginning with the Farseer triology and progressing to the Liveship triology, I picked up the Tawny Man triology with a near maniacal need for more. Robin Hobb has created a fantasy universe the likes of which modern Fantasy has never seen.

The Fool's Errand is one of the most emotionally draining books I have ever read. Not even Martin in his SoIaF series has affected me so deeply. Similar to the Far
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Jet
I thoroughly enjoyed this series - the political maneuvering, the complex plotlines, the multi-dimensional characters. In a way, this was a protracted happy-ending for the first trilogy. It is difficult to express what I love about this series without giving the plot away. Suffice to say, I found the Fool's gift to Fitz from the Girl on the Dragon a philosophical and profound answer to some of the unanswered questions in the first. I am not too certain who did the growing up, I, the reader or Fi ...more
Dulci
Great quote on page 94
Nighteyes (a wolf): When I wallow in something dead to reawaken the savor of it, you rebuke me.

Fitzchivalry: Meaning?

Nighteyes: You should leave off sniffing the carcass of your old life, my brother. You may enjoy unending pain. I do not. There is no shame in walking away from bones, Changer...Nor is there any special wisdom in injuring oneself over and over. What is your loyalty to that pain? To abandon it will not lesson you.
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
Synopsis:

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
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Tom
audiobook narrated by James Langton

Fool's Errand takes place years after the events of Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy and does not disappoint. The story is as well written as Hobb's previous works and is great from beginning to end. The story kind of fills the gap between the trilogies and explains in greater detail the events concluding the Farseer trilogy while also building into this new adventure.

The story is kind of broken into a summation of past events and then embarking on something new. T
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Cheryl Landmark
Ah, Fitz, Fitz, Fitz! You are still my hero, but there were times I didn't like you very much in this book. But, that's the beauty of Robin Hobb's writing. Her characterization is brilliant and amazing, creating complex, believable and realistic individuals who possess as many flaws and foibles as they do strengths and good qualities. The reader can feel invested in them and can share their every doubt, conflict and emotion. And, this applies not only to the human characters, but the animal ones ...more
Rita
Muito, muito bom livro! Que saudades que tinha de Fitz, agora Tomé Texugo.
Custa-me vê-lo ter de se esconder sob outra identidade para sua segurança e de Cervo, bem como dos filhos que desconhecem que é seu pai. É sem dúvida um mártir pelos Visionário a quem deve lealdade.

Nesta nova série temos então um novo inimigo. Um inimigo diferente ainda sem rosto, que parece-me querer derrubar os Visionário para alterar o curso da história. E cá para mim, desconfio de uma certa mulher branca e do "Chefe" d
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Brian
3/23/04 - 10/10

Book 1:
just as good as farseer if not better. the relationships are more detailed - fitz, fool, nighteyes, dutiful. another big page turner. fitz is such a terrific charcter.

Series 9/10:
The Tawny Man blends some characters and situations from Hobb's first two series. This series again focuses on Fitz, the main character from the Farseer series. I think the more narrow focus really helps. Relationships are more detailed and Fitz is an incredible character. Not a ton of things happ
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Tawny Man (3 books)
  • Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)
  • Fool's Fate (Tawny Man, #3)
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2) Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3) Fool's Fate (Tawny Man, #3) Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)

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