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Golden Fool (Tawny Man #2)

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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  34,728 ratings  ·  468 reviews
The acclaimed Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies established Robin Hobb as one of the most splendidly imaginative practitioners of world-class fantasy.

Now, in Book 2 of her most stunning trilogy yet, Hobb continues the soul-shattering tale of FitzChivalry Farseer. With rich characters, breathtaking magic, and sweeping action, Golden Fool brings the reluctant adventure
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Mass Market Paperback, 709 pages
Published December 2003 by Spectra (first published 2002)
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Hanne
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
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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
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Dara
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
Chris
Here we are again, the middle book of a Hobb trilogy. I really think she hits her stride in these second books. The pace has built up a bit from the first, and it sets up the third one nicely.

There were a couple of emotional scenes in this that are certainly appreciated by a long time reader of this overall series. I won't go into it, but they alone made this book something special. I hope they are a good preview of what's to come in Book #3, which I'll be starting soon.
Em


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
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Wastrel
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
Jason
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
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Scarletine
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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
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Meg
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" (http://www.glbtq.com/arts/film,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
Brittany
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
Arthur
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
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Rob
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.

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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
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Traci
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
Sarah
This book is a bit slower than the previous one, but it focuses more on Fitz' complicated relationship with pretty much everyone in his life. I feel like I got to know Fitz a lot better through this book. There was an awful fight that was hard to read, but the ending was super sweet. The writing is of course excellent and beautiful, as always with Hobb's books.
Tanabrus
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
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Celici
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
Tom
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
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David Pearson
Lots going on to keep you entertained while still progressing the story and setting up for another adventure away from Buck duchy! Hobb is a master storyteller and I'm so glad there's many of her books still awaiting me!

I felt the fool was quite unconcerned with being the white prophet at times, but as ever you never really know his game plan, so will be interesting to look back on that thought when I know more... Also, F&F's spat went on for too long, but I guess I would like it less if the
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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
Freya
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Mark Halse
I read this book while Queen of Fire came out. As I write this Anthony Ryan's masterful conclusion stares at me from the book shelf. These Elderling books are so good that I have to finish the entire available series before I read Queen of Fire. Sorry Mr. Ryan.
John Martindale
I think this would have to be my favorite Robin Hobb book so far.
The struggles of the Old Blood and their different ways of responding to persecution and discrimination were very well portrayed. I also liked experiencing difficulties of the non-witted who wanted to bring positive change, though the prejudice still remained among most of their countrymen. The congenial Old Blood towards the end of the book, who starts befriending regular folk, deciding to stay at the keep and thus challenging th
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Damian Dubois
Farewell my ‘Beloved’ Golden Fool, your Fool's End awaits you on Aslevjal Isle...
Shad
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
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Casey
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
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Lady*M
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
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Lisa
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
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Mike
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
Maurinejt
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

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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