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Golden Fool

(The Tawny Man #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  71,258 ratings  ·  1,420 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
Mass Market Paperback, 709 pages
Published December 2003 by Spectra (first published October 21st 2002)
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Muhtasin Oyshik
The Golden Fool (Realm of Elderlings #8, Tawny Man #2)
Definitely start with the Farseer Trilogy series, and the Liveship Traders before reading the Tawny Man series because somehow Hobb manages to weave this ever-growing world together gorgeously, making it appear natural and effortless. You will have a much richer appreciation of what is going on if you read everything in the written order.
It's all connected. When you save any part of the world, you've saved the whole world. In fact, that's
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was almost another 5 stars read, this was almost as good as Fool’s Errand, but it wasn’t due to the second book syndrome that is quite evident here.

The Golden Fool is almost completely a preparation and transition book for the big conclusion in the next installment. It’s all about laying foundations and moving the characters to have the right convictions and motivation to save the world. Though, knowing Fitz, he’ll probably brood about it still. Because of this plot direction, there’s close
Sean Barrs
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 4-star-reads
Fitz is in a bad way, and it’s not surprising considering what happened at the end of the last novel. We all knew it was coming eventually, but I honestly didn’t expect it so soon. I guess age finally catches up with us all. But for Fitz, he has lost half his soul; he will never be quite the same again.

Is this an excuse to finally return?

What his loss has granted him is loneliness. And this forces him back into an old life. He picks up the old tools of the trade, his axe and his poisons: he r
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This is more like a 3.5. They talked about peeps and things from the Liveship books. Oh the joy!! 😊. I loved that so much!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Deborah Obida
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
One man armed with the right word may do what an army of swordsmen cannot.

Golden Fool is the second book in the Tawny Man Trilogy, this book didn't exactly suffer from middle book syndrome, it's more like the author used this book as a preparation for the third book, Golden Fool just set things in place for what would happen in the final book.

Just how a preparation for a journey is as important as the journey itself, that's what this book is to the series. There are lots of factors in this b
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this to bits! Especially the last few pages. Cannot wait for book 3 to arrive so I can dive right back in!
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
What is this book...? Well, it's the continuation of Fitz's storyline. It's also the continuation of the Fool's storyline and Bukkeep's storyline. I would also go so far as to say that this is the continuation of the Elderlings world. This book, although focused on Fitz most of the time, is actually a story which traverses the boundaries of the two series we've previously read in this world. Whilst before now we have had small easter egg references to events or people within one of the other ser ...more
Em Lost In Books
“You seek a false comfort when you demand that I define myself for you with words. Words do not contain or define any person. A heart can, if it is willing.”

Robin Hobb certainly knows how to spin a tale. I was rapt with her words, even though Fitz was drowning himself in pity and remorse. I was still turning pages when Fitz was planning (only planning) to kill all and get over with this ordeal. I finished the book and said wow, this was fantastic. That’s how magical her tales are.

I know I di
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
More of the same awesomeness on to the next one!
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say this is my favorite Robin Hobb book, but that is like saying it is not my favorite type of chocolate. It's still fucking delicious.

I just felt that this one dragged a bit more and while a lot happened there was really no resolution. It is the second book in a trilogy, but in the first book I felt like things were accomplished even though it was nowhere near the end.

Then I started this and so many plots were set into motion that I'm not sure how she can wrap them all up in one more bo
Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)
Close to 5 stars. This trilogy is murdering me right in the feelings. I'm almost afraid to read the third book - I need an emotional breather for a bit before I dive in. I'll be doing a video review on Hobb's first three fantasy trilogies (no spoilers) after I finish Tawny Man, so stay tuned for more thoughts. ...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
Pranav Prabhu
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robin-hobb

The second book in the Tawny Man Trilogy is another great book, though I do prefer Fool's Errand a tiny bit more. The Piebalds, the main antagonists that were driven back in the last book make a return here, although in a smaller capacity. I find the Piebalds very interesting antagonists, since they represent an extremist faction of an oppressed people. Through their plotlines in these two books, Hobb explores themes surrounding discrimination and ingrained prejudice, while showing the nua
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you like fast pacing and high action, walk away! This story introduces one of my favourite characters, Thick, a ‘dim-wit ‘ serving boy who becomes an essential part of Dutiful’s coterie. As always with Hobb’s writing, the deep, thoughtful details and awareness of the human psyche are an invaluable part of her books. It pained my heart to see the Fool and Fitz so out of sync in this one. I love that Fitz, our ‘hero’ is no hero and makes many mistakes and missteps and yet tries to do the right ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
If I want to approach this book in a subjective way, I would say it definitely is a filler and a set up for events to come. If I want to approach it realistically from a point of view of someone who had invested so much time and effort (AND FEELS) into this series, then I have to say that this book gave me life (AND FEELS) and I enjoyed every single second of it.

I'm lazy as eff and I immediately started Fool's Fate because IM WEAK AND NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WITH MA BABIES, so this is will be
Helene Jeppesen
This book was good, but for the most part I felt like it was just filling in the story between the first and the third book in this Tawny Man trilogy. Not a lot happens, and everything is a build-up to the big adventure we will encounter in book three.
I wasn't at any point eager to get back to this book and read it, but when I did read I liked it because it is entertaining and in many ways thought-provoking. Fitz is a likeable man, and that goes for almost all of the other characters as well.
Derf H
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely flying through these in a reread whilst in a reading slump. Still as easy to read as the first time round. A solid 4 ⭐️
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.
Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
Nov 11, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷ by: Halima
Shelves: fantasy
My dear goodread friends Halima says I should totally read this book.

Let's find out if she is right about it ;)
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot dang, Robin Hobb. I think I’m falling in love.
Michelle Morrell
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, x-read-2017
More of the same, if that more included staying up way too late each night, ignoring my life so I can pretend I'm a 30-something royal bastard assassin and visceral emotions running the gamut from horror to delight to despondency to the sad slow head shake of inevitability. So crazily well written it hurts.

My only complaint is people in this book need to stop concerning themselves about what goes on in two consenting adults's bedchambers. Evolve already!
Abbie | ab_reads
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - cannot believe I read this in 3 days, thank you 8inTwo readathon!!

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
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
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Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
Can I give this book anything other than five stars? I have invested so much time and so many emotions with these characters. I know them so well now...all of their flaws and their humanity; they make mistakes and yet they still grow in wisdom. They feel so *real*. I LOVE THEM.

And as a sidenote, you can read the Fitz and the Fool books separately from her other Realm of the Elderlings series, but I don't suggest doing so. You'll get SO much more out of the world if you read them all in order. I
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wavered between giving this book 4 or 5 stars. It's not that it isn't a fantastic book, it truly is, but it is definitely a 'middle book', meaning it ends with no plot resolution whatsoever. The final page could have easily been a chapter break. This is the first Robin Hobb book that I have ever read to end this way.

I've usually found Robin to be better at writing middle books than most authors; I would argue that both Mad Ship and Royal Assassin are the strongest books in their respective tr
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
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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