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Fool's Quest: Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy Hardcover – August 11, 2015
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Praise for Fool’s Quest
“A complex tapestry of adventure, betrayal, destiny, and unrelenting peril . . . [Robin] Hobb’s expertise is evident as always.”—Publishers Weekly
“Glorious and beautiful storytelling . . . Hobb lets rip with revelations, treachery, vengeance, sword fights and full on magical mayhem.”—SciFiNow
“If readers have any doubt that Robin Hobb is one of the finest writers in the fantasy genre, then they haven’t read any of her work.”—SFFWorld
“Hobb finds a way to always show us more details of the universe she’s been building over the course of the four previous series. . . . The friendship of Fitz and the Fool brings danger to them both, but it’s one of the most touching in fantasy fiction.”—Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Robin Hobb and Fool’s Assassin
“Fantasy as it ought to be written.”—George R. R. Martin
“Hobb knows the complicated workings of the wayward human heart, and she takes time to depict them in her tale, to tell her story sweetly, insistently, compellingly. . . . A book meant to be inhabited rather than run through.”—The Seattle Times
“[FitzChivalry Farseer is] one of the best characters in fantasy literature.”—Fantasy Book Review
“[Hobb’s] prose sparkles, her characters leap off the page.”—Tor.com
“Modern fantasy at its irresistible best.”—The Guardian
“Fantastic . . . emotionally rich storytelling.”—Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, the Soldier Son Trilogy, and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She is a native of Washington State.
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Spoilers for Fool’s Assassin ensue.
We pick up right where we ended things in Fool’s Assassin, and the pacing of the first half of the book is really slow. This was a bit irritating from the plot perspective considering the cliffhanger at the end of the last book, but Hobb doesn’t waste a single word. Fitz’s usual stubbornness is tempered by a little bit of wisdom, but he’s still very much himself. The Fool’s is not really himself, which is very unpleasant to read about, but makes sense. Bee is not as much of a presence in this book, but she’s a welcome one when she does show up. There are great new characters like Ash, great old characters that I never thought I’d see again, and welcome character development for characters from the first book.
There are a few moments involving Fitz in this book that I never really expected to happen, and some loose ends from the original Farseer trilogy are wrapped up. The last few chapters of the book are especially exciting for those of us who love the whole Realm of the Elderlings universe. All these good things make me scared for Fitz’s fate in the third book (especially as the book is called Asssassin’s Fate, and Robin Hobb doesn’t have a history of leaving her characters happy) but otherwise, I was thrilled.
I really don’t want to wait until this time next year to find out what happens next.
I found this new offering similar to an over-cooked pot-roast or a similar metaphor. The Fool and Fitz are great characters, that both have significant depth from the previous 9 books written about them. The land and kingdom have significant depth from the previous 6 books that took place in Buckeep. So, why, in almost 700 pages of literature, did Ms. Hobb spend so much time evolving, devolving, thinking, philosophizing, analyzing, worrying, etc with the characters? It is beyond me.
To be more clear, I like the story of Fitz, and I liked the story of the Fool from previous books. Yet, I found this book positively plodding along, taking up a lot of time and effort to read and stay atuned to the plot lines and plot timing such that halfway through I seriously considered skipping ahead to the start of chapters to see if there are any pieces of action to be had. I don't mind character driven plots, but this one, for me, was completely overboard and too self serving review of the complete and exhaustive psychological profiling of all of the main characters.
And indeed, this could be considered a strength of Ms. Hobb, how deeply she can get into a characters mind and portray their ambitions, hopes, dreams, desires, and "humanity"; but when you get too deep, the story suffers, and I think that is what happened here. While reading, and noticing the plot pacing and the activity of the characters, it is almost unbelievable in some areas of the book. Where Fitz would be dashing on some ultra important/someone-can-die errand, only to be waylaid by 15 page conversation with the Fool on a completely unrelated topic. Then rest for 3 days, moping around the halls, all the while we have not come back to the important mission. It was a bit disjointed for me trying to follow the action.
Readers should know: this is volume two of a trilogy and not a stand-alone book. Start with Fool's Assassin, not with this. And don't expect some kind of closure at the end - that is for Volume 3.
All that said, I still give this one four stars and want my own copy. The writing is that good, and I'm fully engaged in the characters and their problems. If you are wondering whether to buy this book, don't. Buy Fool's Assassin first. When you read that you will know what to do about this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's only gotten better.
The groundwork laid out in 14 books previous to this is all coming to fruition. It's not the plot (which is excellent and engaging), it's the characters.Read more