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De gouden nar (Tawny Man #2)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  32,645 ratings  ·  429 reviews
De gouden Nar is het tweede deel van Hobbs reeks De Boeken van de Nar en het vervolg op De oproep van de Nar, waarin ze de avonturen van FitzChevalric, de hoofdpersoon uit De Boeken van de Zieners, voortzet. Na aandringen van de Nar, zijn vroegere vriend en bondgenoot, is FitzChevalric erin geslaagd om Prins Plicht te bevrijden uit de klauwen van de Bonten – leden van het ...more
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Published 2002 by Uitgeverij M
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After reviewing 7 previous Robin Hobb books, I feel like a broken record. So instead of making a new review, I decided to dig up all the previous ones and mash them together:

Some of the biggest sized words read: I just really love.

And I do!
I love her writing.
I love her characters (well, most of them. the others, i just love despising them)
I love how she makes me care.
I love how she keeps me guessing.

And most of all, I love how I have five more books to go set in this world. Four more days and
David Sven
I'm enjoying this Trilogy so far even more than the previous two in the series. Robin Hobb's writing is either getting better or I am just increasingly more invested in the characters of her world - probably both. Either way, Hobb's characterization is second to none. She can make you feel the joy of friendship rekindled or the rift of a lover's quarrel or the grief that come's with a close companion's death. Let us now pause a moment to remember NightEyes...

The other thing that made this book v
It's getting more and more difficult for me to articulate what I love about these books. It's a combination of so many things. Fitz has become one of my all-time favorite characters, along with many of his friends. The world of the Elderlings is endlessly fascinating. There's a deep history there - in the Six Duchies and beyond - that I want to know about. The magic in this series is captivating and mysterious - I always want to experience more of the Skill and the Wit. Robin Hobb's writing is m ...more
It's hard to be objective, because this is one of my favourite books of all time. After seven volumes, we're now so deeply into the mind of FitzChivalry Farseer that it feels like a second home, and while some may complain that nothing whatsoever happens in this book (they'd be wrong - a lot happens in this book, there just isn't really a plot), I rejoiced in being given the time and space to see more of Fitz dealing with ordinary life. Hobb's great stylistic strength might be the way that she t ...more
This series... man. I loved this series and wanted to throw it against the wall so many times. The main character especially challenged me as a reader. Fitz is, without a question, a immensely believable character. If for no other reason then that there are so many times you want to slap him for being so often fallible. He is by no means perfect and he makes many selfish or foolhardy decisions. But that only wants you to want that much more for him to improve and succeed.

The relationship betwee

This is my third time of reading The Tawny Man series and I still enjoy it just as much as the first time. The Golden Fool doesn't have middle book syndrome, there isn't much of a plot but a lot happens and it's all about exploring and building relationships between Fitz, Fool, Dutiful, Chade and of course Thick. It is in fact my favourite of all the books in the series.

It's extremely painful to read in parts, especially the explosive argument between Fitz and the Fool. It was upsetting to see
The more I read of Robin Hobb's books, the more I berate myself from not reading them earlier in my life. I don't know how they escaped me, but I'm catching up, at a pace!
Having read the Assasins Trilogy, and Fools Errand I am already deeply in love with the Fool and deeply frustrated with Fitz. He blunders his way through life with rarely a lesson learned. He cannot see the love is in front of his face, and longs for a dream of Molly and a family that he chose not to persue. This story continu
I couldn't put this book down but it made me hella angsty, especially the parts about Fitz and the Fool. Although it's clearly Fitz and his culture who are anti-gay, I still felt like Hobbs does a disservice by casting the Fool in the role of the "tragic homosexual" (,2.html if you need some context - a lonely gay person who is hopelessly in love with a straight person and/or doomed to spend their life alone and unhappy). Admittedly, my romantic wish for Fitz to be ...more
Golden Fool was an enjoyable read. Truthfully, many parts were painful. From an outsiders perspective, I cannot understand some of Fitz's decisions - to keep his identity a secret; to introduce a rift in his friendship with the Tawny Man; to keep his family from harm, while ignoring the need for their presence at Buckkeep. At times, the character of Fitz is maddening. However, this is how normal, real humans exist: often reasoning and decisions are messy and irrational. Fitz beautifully embodies ...more
Finished Fool's Errand and Golden Fool.

A few months ago I re-read The Farseer and The Liveship Traders trilogies. Loved them as much or even more than when I read them first time 7 years ago. However, The Tawny Man trilogy is a major disappointment so far.
1. The major storyline/plot is very "local", no grand scale plot as it was in the first two trilogies.
2. So many boring descriptions, unbelievable.
3. Hobb's obsession with describing all sorts of gowns, clothes is driving me nuts.
4. Unwarranted
Executive Summary: I really enjoyed this book, and found myself staying up till 2 in the morning and rudely reading while visiting with family on Christmas Eve just to finish it.

Full Review
There isn't a lot for me to really say about this book without getting into spoilers. Robin Hobb seems to find a way make you really care about her characters and suck you into the story even when it's just day to day living. Of course Fitz's days are a tad bit more interesting than your average person.

It al
This was a some what difficult book for me to read. Not because it wasn't good, as you can see from my rating I liked it very much. By now these are characters that I have come to love, even with all their mistakes in which many are made within these pages. And there were some passages that made me angry. But for an author to give me such a passionate response to her words she must be doing something right. I'm going to read straight on to Fool's Fate and am more than a little sad my journey wit ...more
Questo è il tipico "volume di mezzo" in una trilogia.
Privo di una trama vera e propria, privo di grande azione o anche solo di eventi memorabili, si limita a fare evolvere i personaggi e i rapporti tra di loro, facendo nel frattempo procedere gli eventi iniziati nel primo libro preparando il terreno per la conclusione della trilogia.

Quindi, a rigor di logica, questo libro mi avrebbe dovuto annoiare.
Dovrei scrivere, in questo momento, che sì, è scritto bene, ma è un libro inutile ai fini della tr
Don't have time to write a review! I'm on a bus with no brakes to the last book in this series!!
Eddie Costello
Perfect in my opinion and that's all I believe needs to be said
audiobook narrated by James Langton

Golden Fool picks up directly where Fool's Errand leaves off. Dutiful needs someone to teach him how to use his magics and Fitz (aka Tom) gets caught up further in the intrigues of the court at Buckkeep. Dutiful's betrothal ceremony with his future bride from the OutIslands is set to go off and there are also Piebalds somewhere out in the Six Dutchies...what could possibly go wrong? Fitz needs to figure out what is going on by any means possible to prevent prob
Kat  Hooper
Robin Hobb’s TAWNY MAN trilogy, and the FARSEER trilogy that precedes them, are some of the finest epic fantasies ever written. FitzChivarly Farseer is probably my favorite character in all of fantasy literature and he’s at his best in the TAWNY MAN books. Golden Fool, the middle book in the trilogy, is nearly a perfect novel, and so is its successor, Fool’s Fate. I re-read Golden Fool last week because it’s just been released in audio format by Brilliance Audio (superbly narrated by James Langt ...more
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I've now finished The Golden Fool, which is the second book in the Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb. I previously reviewed Fool's Errand, which is the first book in the trilogy. As I said in that review, the Tawny Man trilogy is a sequel to the earlier Farseer trilogy and continues the story of FitzChivalry Farseer. He has been a recluse since the events of the Farseer trilogy but he is called back into court life to help rescue Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the throne.

The book picks up where
Golden Fool is very much a middle book in terms of adventure, but it is still heavy in character development and intrigue.

Much of the book inspects Fitz's current relationships and his slow realization of their intricacies. He has difficulties with Chade, Fool, Dutiful, Jinna, Hap, and others, to name just a few. However, these difficulties also help the reader see things in a fresher perspective.

There is such a big surprise in this book in regard to one character. Although it's not necessary t
Damian Dubois
Farewell my ‘Beloved’ Golden Fool, your Fool's End awaits you on Aslevjal Isle...
I am enjoying the Tawny Man series more than I did the Farseerer series. I don't know if it is that the writing overall is better or it seems like Fitz is growing up some. The best part of this book, like the other Fitz and Fool books, is how it explores the relationships.

I can really identify with Fitz as he struggles through all of the different relationships in his life. He still makes mistakes, but he does seem to have mellowed and isn't as rash when making decisions on his own. He does stil
Nothing much happens and, yet, so much happens in this book. Does that make any sense?

The book is a perfect example of 'middle' book. It reads as a setup for the final story in the series (quest, yay!). And, still, while it doesn't exactly forward the plot, it does marvels with the characthers. We have story of Outislanders and Dutiful's young bride to be, who is obviously coersed by the Pale Woman. Then, story of Old Bloods and Piebalds and Queen's attempts to stop the persecution of the Witted
4.5 stars...

The second book in the series and the plot not only thickens, but upsets me more at every turn.

Prince Dutiful has been returned to Buckkeep in time to meet his potential future wife, Elliania - an imperious young girl from the Out Islands - along with her entourage. Fitz as Tom is struggling to get used to life without Nighteyes, while being pressured to become Dutiful's tutor in the Skill and trying to protect Nettle from being called into his service. A delegation has arrived from
I have some slight mixed feelings about this book. I'll start with my problem with it: I just had no idea where it was going. Maybe I'm a terrible reader, but by the time the book gets to it's events near the end, I hadn't felt like the book was leading up to it. In Fool's Errand, you could tell where the book was leading, and there was a central quest. This book really felt like a set up for the next one. Many things happened in the final third of the book, but none of them seemed to be the poi ...more
Golden Fool is a continuation of Fool's Errand and deals with the Outislanders as the official betrothal is made between Prince Dutiful and an Outislander Princess; but the foreigners have secrets of their own. Some of the other political unrest from the first book heats up and carries over into the second as Fitz once again, finds himself in the middle of it all. We watch him trying to juggle new responsibilities and changing relationships, and doing none of it very well. This is the book where ...more
Ashok Banker
Other reviewers have covered every aspect of the book itself quite thoroughly so I'll just say that Robin Hobb is one of the finest *writers* working in the epic fantasy genre today. She ranks up there with the best of any genre. That's not something you can say about so much of the 'product' that seems to be flooding the shelves these days, especially the undercooked fantasy series that try so hard to be gritty and realistic but just end up capturing a kind of YA-Hollywood imitation of realism. ...more
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Aug 11, 2007 Jesse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of George R. Martin and truly deep fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
This is only the second Robin Hobb book I've read, and I already thing higher of her than most other authors of "fantasy". He first book in this trilogy was very good. I started out thinking it was going to be another "magic" driven fantasy novel. Where the magic is more important than well thought out plot and characters. Not so at all! Being as I was and still am waiting on the next installment of the Song of Ice and Fire series, I was happy to find a fantasy series with similarly toned narrat ...more
4.5 stars. I enjoyed this very much, and stayed up far into the night reading. It does have an unsatisfying ending, common to the middle novel of a trilogy, so I'm glad that I have the third book at hand.

Fitz is such a wonderfully flawed hero: self-centered, almost childishly stubborn, and prone to melodramatic self-pity. But I mourn for his losses and rejoice in his victories and I desperately want him to be happy.

I'm tremendously curious about the Fool, and I can't wait to see how the relation
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** I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star 'I liked it' rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It's a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 st ...more
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Tawny Man (3 books)
  • Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)
  • 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 Errand (Tawny Man, #1) Fool's Fate (Tawny Man, #3)

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