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Fool's Quest

(The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #2)

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4.51  ·  Rating details ·  25,792 ratings  ·  1,617 reviews
Acclaimed and bestselling author Robin Hobb continues her Fitz and the Fool trilogy with this second entry, following Fool’s Assassin, ramping up the tension and the intrigue as disaster continues to strike at Fitz’s life and heart.

After nearly killing his oldest friend, the Fool, and finding his daughter stolen away by those who were once targeting the Fool, FitzChivarly
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Hardcover, 768 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Del Rey
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Mark Lawrence
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
[spoilers for book 1]

It took me 10 weeks to read this book.

I'm a slow reader and frankly, it's a slow book. These things combined to make my progress glacial. It's also really long.

A slow book is not a bad book. Because Hobb is building on characters whose lives have been shown to us across decades in both their existence and ours she has built a bedrock of goodwill that allows me to enjoy the story at the pace she chooses to take it. What it means though is that I am not compelled back to the p
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
I’ve noticed a splendid trend with these Farseer trilogies. Robin Hobb spends the entirety of the first book creating character investment and sympathy. In the second she unleashes the said emotions in, what is always, the most exciting and emotional book in the series. The third is what I like to think of as a clean-up job. Hobb brings it all together and provides a spectacular conclusion to the masses of build-up she has created. It is a structure I like, and in this book it is emphasised beca ...more
Petrik
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

The best middle book installment out of all series within The Realm of the Elderlings.


Fool’s Quest is the sequel to Fool’s Assassin and at the same time, it’s also the penultimate installment of the entire series; that’s book 15 out of 16. This is why I’ll keep my review for this one shorter than usual. A longer and comprehensive review of the entire series and my final recommendation on whether this massive series is worth it or not will be coming in my review of Assassin’s Fate inst
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
I *inadvertently* deleted my notes and I'm not annoyed at myself at all right now, OF COURSE. RTC as soon as I can function properly, which might be long enough for you to have grandchildren.

For now : Fool's Quest, a summary :
- Fitz, NO! You know I love you but NO!
- OMG IS THAT A TEAR IN MY EYES I'M PRETTY SURE IT IS FUCKING FINALLY THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
- I said NO!
- Forget what I said - KILL THEM ALL KILL THEM ALL KILL THEM ALL
- Oh, Thick! I missed you!
- You, Lant, are a moron.
- Ts
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Em Lost In Books
This was a classic middle Hobb book. So much was happening, it would keep you glued to the book, make you keep turning the pages. You would be like "Oh! That's it! Now is the time!" but Hobb in her classic way keep the things inches away from the grasp and yet you won't complaint because whatever happened you would be disappointed by it but you would be able to see the bigger picture and say, "It will end in a grand way".

This book tells us the journey of Fitz and Fool in quest of the "Unexpected
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
And here comes the real review, not just updates of my desperate attempt to get the book...

All hail Robin Hobb Queen writer of fantasy!

Seriously this book was so amazingly good that I now sit here writing and knowing that I will never be able to put down it words how fantastic the book is. For everyone that has read Rob Hobb before and not yet read this book or the one before will I say that you will love this series, the books just keep getting better and better and Hobb still knows how to surp
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Kaitlin
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
Re-read on 21/4/17 - 26/4/17 - STILL LOVE IT... My goodness, how had I forgotten just how much of a cliffhanger this story is left on?! I NEED BOOK THREE!!!!

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Of course, another 5* book from Robin Hobb and I expected no less by this point because everything she writes in the Realm of the Elderlings has been so wonderful. I cannot give away much of the plot within this book, as I don't want to spoil anything about who is alive/who is not, but I will say that this book has some won
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Bradley
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picking up right where the last book left off, but still agonizingly slow to action for very good reasons, I'm sucked right into the Buckeep palace and torn between Chade, Fitz's old assassin teacher and the Fool, his long lost and scarily far-gone friend. One wants Fitz to take up his job because he's old and failing and the kingdom needs a spy-master and the Fool tugs on every emotional string Fitz has due to his many years of torture and craving revenge... and the fact that Fitz's daughter ha ...more
Emma
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This as with all Robin Hobb books, is slow to action, frustratingly so at times. And yet every delicious word of it is important. In the Tawny Man trilogy there were the odd mention of the Rainwild/ Liveship details, but only in this book does it become apparent that the dragons and the Rainwilds are all merging together into the same wonderful story. Hobb is really going to do it: bring together all the strands from all her books. I've read the blurb for the final book in this trilogy and I am ...more
Althea Ann
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Following directly upon the events of the previous installment (Fool's Assassin) and ending in a double-whammy of a cliffhanger...

Fool's Quest will satisfy all of Hobb's fans... and leave them screaming about how long it's going to be until the next book.

Honestly, not much happens here. Two characters are kidnapped, and the two title characters go into emotional tizzies about how to get them back and/or avenge them. Hopes are sparked, dashed, re-lit, only for more setbacks to crop up. However, i
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Bob Milne
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-epic
At one time, the second (or middle) book of a trilogy was a thing to be dreaded - a book to be endured as a necessary sort of narrative bridge, with the built-in expectation that any lack of enjoyment is to be tempered by anticipation for the concluding book to follow. While there have been a few 'new' authors (such as Jeff Salyards and Sebastien de Castell) who have bucked that trend, I really didn't expect the same from an established author like Robin Hobb. After all, her style and her writin ...more
Laura Lam
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fantasy, favorites
This is my very measured, nuanced review of Fool's Quest:

AHHH. AHHHH. AHHHHHHHH!

I feel like I've been dragged through a Skill Pillar. I have left bits of myself in the Six Duchies, with Fitz, the Fool, Bee, and everyone else. New characters to love, old ones to learn more about. I don't want to go back to the real world.

And I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
Sam
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's Robin Hobb.

It's Fitz.

I feel like those two sentences are all I need to explain my 5 star review, but if you need more... I think you're crazy, but fine.

THE FEELS. This book is just one sucker punch to the feels. Happy. Sad. Frustrated. Everything. It's just all so Fitz. He wallows and oh I missed Nighteyes so bad in those moments. I do wish he'd open up again but can understand why he doesn't. It's just very hard watch humans try to understand Fitz when it was his wolf that always knew him
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Rob
Executive Summary: I loved this book. It's everything I had hoped Fool's Assassin would have been. There are a things I didn't like, that will understandably be much more off putting for some than they were for me however.

Audio book: Elliot Hill once again does an excellent job. He does a variety of voices and inflections that make doing this book in audio a good option.

Full Review
I absolutely loved Fool's Fate. I'd have been perfectly content if the series ended there. Last year's Fool's Assa
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Chris Robinson
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Much as any other Robin Hobb novel Fool's Quest excels at making the reader not just understand what is happening in the story but feel the emotions that are evoked in the characters at each event. Once more we follow FitzChivalry, and now his little daughter Bee, through the world of the six duchess beginning where Fool's Assassin left off.
After seven novels with Fitz as the focus character he has lost none of his charm nor any of his exasperating flaws. This is not to say there is a problem
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Lisa
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
Holy crap. When's the next book coming out?? Review to come....need to process. Short version: loved it.

Updated: Full Review at Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2015/0...

So, even if it has been a little while since you read Fool’s Assassin, hopefully you remember the insanity that ensued right at the very end. Talk about a cliffhanger of a ending from that book! What that means is that this book starts in the fray, there’s no slow getting reacquainted with the quiet life of Fitz.
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Linette
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a skilled witted assassin bastard prince, an enigmatic fool who is also a broken prophet, an injured sulky bastard with potential, a stubborn but loyal stable boy, a resourceful child servant with gender issues, an intelligent horse, and a talking crow, who go on a quest through a forest and some stones to try and save a tiny unique little girl and a spoiled young lady from some very white people with dandelion hair. Oh, and there are dragons. Of course there are dragons.

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Lema
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
[4.75 stars]

“I found myself speaking softly as if I were telling an old tale to a young child. And giving it a happy ending, when all know that tales never end, and the happy ending is but a moment to catch one’s breath before the next disaster.”

I have a thing for Robin Hobb's 2nd book in a trilogy, they are always my favorite out of the three or at least on equal grounds with the first book (let's avoid talking about her previous finales stillsaltyaboutfoolsfate), and this is no different exc
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Shelly K
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
It seams impossible, but all the characters and stories in the previous four trilogies are starting to merge.

Amazingly every trilogy was nicely tied up. I was never left feeling like there were a bunch of loose ends. But now all those individual threads are starting to intertwine. This has been such an amazing reading experience so far.
Kalin
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the most sadistic cliffhanger in all my recent reading, I toss these notes at you while galloping after the next part ... giddyap! faster!

~ Unlike the previous book, this one regales us with two Crowning Moments of Awesome right at the start. (They're both spoilerish so skip ahead to the next ~ if you want to keep your blissful plot ignorance.)

The first one is the announcement of Nettle and Riddle's child:

He worked his mouth, took in a deep breath, and then let it out. “First,” he declared
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Andrea Luhman
I give this book three out of five stars for its beautiful language, the imagery of this twisting tale, and learning more about what happens to Fitz Chivalry, his young daughter Bee, and old friend Fool. I’m a fan of Hobb’s work, but some of the annoying repetition common to the Rain Wild’s Chronicles, surfaced in this series as well. This books redeeming qualities revolve around fleeting moments of action, a few fun surprises, and a trip that involved dragons. Other than that, be prepared for ...more
Wastrel
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brilliant
“I found myself speaking softly as if I were telling an old tale to a young child. And giving it a happy ending, when all know that tales never end, and the happy ending is but a moment to catch one’s breath before the next disaster.”

Excerpts from my review:
There are no endings. That’s, on the one hand, an incredibly fatuous thing to say… so obvious it’s not worth mentioning… and yet on the other hand it’s a stunningly confrontational statement of intent, a virtual declaration of war against the
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Aldi
I've nothing to add to my original review, but I feel like until I have Assassin's Fate in my hands, I'll be trapped in a Skill-pillar.

Someone pass the Sandsedge brandy, please.

JJdrink




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Deep breaths, deep breaths. There is another book coming. It doesn’t end there and no one will die there. (Yet. Probably. ARGH.) DEEP BREATHS, SELF.

Well, damn. Robin Hobb has only gone and done it again. This book has so much that I've wanted to see happen ever since the end
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Mizuki
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great, fantasy
Despite my bitter complaints of Fitz and the Fool not getting their well deserved peaceful retirement, still once they are in action I can barely put the book down! Good job Ms. Hobb! This series (and many other books by Ms. Hobb) is how fantasy should be written!
Phee
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
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Nicholas Kotar
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is really a 3.5. In some ways, it's an amazing book. Robin Hobb is at the height of her powers, and it shows. But it's a really heavy book. Fitz does horrible things. The Fool does horrible things. It's almost irredeemably bleak. Then there are the unexpected moments of humor or heart that lighten it just a little. Ultimately, you care about all the characters so much that you really have no choice but to go on to the end.

I just wish all of these characters could have a better final adventu
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Ron
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In time I may add more to this review after giving it awhile to sink in. So much of this book was easily a 5-star read for me, hampered, if only slightly, by stops and starts. Some of the best writing of the series was included here, along with perfectly intense pacing and plot. Then, the story would slow, or as in the last 50 pages, come to a near halt by suddenly taking a different path. That’s not new for Hobb’s works. Typically, I love that new and unexpected path. This time I just wanted Fi ...more
Sara
Holy skill-dragon of cliffhangers; August can not come quick enough.

Post-reading

Wow... I just... Wow. And I'm supposed to wait another year? Perhaps it's for the best, on the other hand. I'm not sure I could've handle even more tears right know, be it of joy, retribution, grief or sorrow.
J.J.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arrrrgh, I guess I find out all the answers on the 3rd book. I can't wait!
Erin
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fans disappointed by the slow pace and tight focus of Fool's Assassin will be pleased with Fool's Quest. Following his attack on the Fool and the capture of Bee, this second book in The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy sees Fitz return to Buckkeep to plot with friends old and new.

Pacing-wise, Fool's Quest moves along a lot quicker than Fool's Assassin; threads begin to unravel, secrets are revealed, and Fitz begins to do something other than bum around Withywoods. (That being said, I would happily rea
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