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Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
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Golden Fool is carried by the strength of its characters--many of whom the reader has been following for four installments now when including the Farseer trilogy--but it suffers from an unorganized plot that lacks a clear narrative. There are at least three major, yet seemingly unrelated, plot threads, and though there are hints of how at least two may ultimately come together, it is left to the subsequent volume in the series to make the connections.

The most powerful scenes are those dealing with the interactions of the characters, both old friends and new, but as well-written as these are, none really advance the plot. The one climactic scene arising out of actual plot action is definitely attention-grabbing, but it is not a true climax in the sense that the prior action led inevitably to it, nor does its resolution create a satisfying resolution for the whole novel.

Readers who have enjoyed and become attached to the Hobb's characters will enjoy their further development, but this middle book ultimately comes across as mostly setup for the final installment in the series, and it remains for that third book to deliver a satisfying conclusion.
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