Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)
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Golden Fool (Tawny Man #2)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  25,361 ratings  ·  307 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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 709 pages
Published December 2003 by Spectra (first published 2002)
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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...more
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...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...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
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
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 als...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...more
Don't have time to write a review! I'm on a bus with no brakes to the last book in this series!!
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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
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...more
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...more
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
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.
This review refers to the whole Tawny Man Trilogy:

Robin Hobb is one of my favorite fantasy authors because her stories are unique and complex and she's a great writer. Her prose is pleasant and she is particularly good at characterization; When you get finished with her books, you feel like her characters are your friends and you hate to say goodbye! Her plots are absorbing and they move forward at a pleasant pace.

Fitz of The Farseer Saga is one of my fav...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
S J Blake
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
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...more
Jana Perskie
Robin Hobbs' "The Realm of the Elderlings', 4 sets of trilogies which include, in order, "The Farseer Trilogy," (which includes, "Assassin's Apprentice, "Royal Assassin, "Assassin's Quest,"); "Liveship Traders Trilogy," (which includes, "Ship of Magic," "The Mad Ship," "Ship of
Destiny"); "The Tawny Man Trilogy," (which includes "Fool's Errand," "Golden Fool," "Fool's Fate,"); "The Rain Wilds Chronicles," (which includes, "Dragon Keeper," "Dragon Haven, and to be released in 2012, "City of Drago...more
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...more
Zgodba Farseerjev se nadaljuje v tako fantastičnem tempu,da sem Farseerjevo "šestlogijo" že razglasila za svojo drugo najljubšo fantazijsko zgodbo,takoj za Tolkienovim svetom. S tem,da mi je The Tawny Man ljubša kot The Farseer Trilogy. Zgodba začenja razlagati tako Old Blood magijo,kot magijo zmajev in razširi do zdaj znan svet še na Out Islands in nnjihove običaje. Nemogoče jo je nehati brati.
Rating: 4.5 stars.

"The Golden Fool", que corresponde, em português ao 2º e ao 3º livros da saga "Regresso do Assassino" (Os Dilemas do Assassino e O Sangue do Assassino), continua a seguir um leque de personagens que conhecemos na trilogia anterior (Fitz, Breu, Kettriken, Moli) e outras que nos foram apresentadas no volume anterior desta segunda (Respeitoso).

Fitz está agora completamente enredado nos problemas dos Visionários que se prendem não apenas com a fação violenta dos Sangue Antigo, de...more
I'm not necessary drawn to read the final book in the series, more due to spoilers than my level of enjoyment of this one.

I will consider this my headcanon (and proper fix-it) and once (if) it's finished I might go read the third book.

But I do like Fool, much more than I like Fitz actually. So going back to the previous series isn't out of the question.
Reread July 1, 2014


One of the few books I've read with characters written so well that I continuously empathize with them. I have to say, the more I read about the Fool/Lord Golden the more I fall in love with his character. The series only gets better and better! Now let's hope that the final book in the series will not have an anti-climatic ending such as the first trilogy did...
This one has me frustrated. I can only hope the third brings it to a satisfying conclusion. I'm very disgusted at the way she brings things to a huge climax and then drops it, like the confrontation between Fitz and the Fool. I'm frustrated at Fitz and would like to beat him about his head for his stupidity, for his betrayal of the Fool. Well, I guess we'll see what happens next.
Maggie K
Although this book does have some dragging issues typical to mid-trilogy books, it was still very enjoyable.
I said before I didnt like Fitz very much...he just is a dumb ass. Seriously. He had improved in the last book, but here he is back to being Stuck on Stupid. lol
The second book in the trilogy is where everything falls to pieces and that is the case with this book. I was anxious to continue FitzChivalry's story after "Fool's Errand" and see what was in store for him. It was good, but I liked the first book much better.
I swear these books always get better with each one. I will be so very lost once I finish them all. There is 1 more to this trilogy and then about 2 more trilogies and then the story will be over. I don't know if I will be able to take it!
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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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