Return to the world of the Farseers....
Robin Hobb's best loved characters, Fitz , The Fool and Nighteyes, the wolf, face new adventures and trials in the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy.
When Assassin's Quest closed, Fitz was living in self-imposed exile. Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon. Now, in this the first of a new trilogy, we are returned to the world of the Six Duchies and the lives of those who managed to survive the events of the first Assassin trilogy.
Fifteen years have passed and events are about to sweep Fitz out of his quiet backwater life and into the main political current again. Persecution of the Witted has become rampant throughout the Six Duchies despite Queen Kettricken's effort to damp it. The Witted themselves have begun to strike back. So when 15-year-old Prince Dutiful disappears, is it only because he is nervous about his betrothal ceremony to an Outislander princess, or has he been taken hostage by the Witted? Worse, is he perhaps another 'Piebald Prince', a Farseer tainted by Wit magic?
As the desperate situation worsens, Kettricken has no choice but to summon Fitz to Buckkeep, for who better to track the young prince down than another gifted with the Wit, together with his bonded companion, the wolf Nighteyes?
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"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers... what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." (The Times)
"A gleaming debut" (Publishers Weekly)
A great story and nice to see and experience Fitz's life post the initial trilogy.
The only problem is with consistency in the narration.
Nick is a good narrator with lots of different voices but lazy not to have listened to the previous books. The change of pronunciation of ketricken to k'tricken and burritch to burrick grated on me the whole way through and detracted from the quality of the story
Having just finished listening to Paul Boehmer's narration of Robin Hobb's The Farseer Trilogy (which I found absolutely epic) I excitedly bought The Fool's Errand assuming (stupidly) it would also be narrated by Paul Boehmer as a continuation of Fitz's story. Instead, Nick Taylor's is the narrator and while I'm sure he's a lovely person his narration is so bad I can't even bring myself to listen past the first chapter. While Boemar's over the top English accent took a bit of getting used to in The Assassin's Apprentice, I found that in a fantasy setting, the theatrics kind of worked and three books later I was completely immersed in his creation of the Six Duchies world. Now with these new audiobooks instead of Nighteyes sounding like John Hurt whispering in your ear we've got Ray Winston after 6 pints and 20 Benson & Hedges. It's like someone told him, "just make your voice growly, that's what wolfs sound like." Not only that all the pronunciations are wrong - Burridge in now 'Burrig' and Kettricken is now 'Ktriggin' and Starling has gone from being a willowy seductively voiced minstrel to a Devon Farmer's Wife - ooooh aahhr. Wish he'd just listened to the Farseer Audiobooks before he agreed to take the gig. Anyway, rant over, I have decided to re-listen to the end of The Farseer Trilogy and while I have a proper sounding Nighteyes fresh in my mind, start reading the Fool's Errand paper book instead. I'm sure the actual book itself is grand - 5 stars etc. etc.
I will never tire of this author with her rich characters and beautiful place settings and spell binding plots .I advise yiu get the full trilogies because it will drive you mad to guess what happens next
but this series always feels a little slow pace in comparison to the assassins series. reflection to remind the readers of what has happened in previous books is fine, but this can feel like treading water at times.
Enjoy the creamy goodness
Another fantastic story by Robin Hobb, but the fantastic narration really makes it so enjoyable!
Just one niggling thing: there was no gap at all at the end of a chapter, so you'd sometimes be listening to a quiet, meaningful moment and then suddenly CHAPTER THREE!!!
i loved both Robin Hobbs writing and especially enjoyed Nick Taylors performance he does sound different and less formal than Paul Boehmer but it fit with the growth of the character and the 15 year time gap.
I used to work a very boring manual job whilst at university so to escape in to an audiobook, especially in to the detailed and wondrous world of the Elderlings that Hobb has created was bliss. however, there seems to have been no consistency in the pronunciation of some of the names and places between the first trilogy and the second trilogy so for a while you end up confused as to whats going on, to whom and where. Then just as you are taking in the wonder of Hobbs world and Taylors performance "CHAPTER TWO!" is blasted in to your ear holes. when setting up a recording, listen to the previous book pronunciation and get a trained and competent editor onboard
This is the first book in a trilogy but to really understand the characters and care whats going on in the story you need to read the Farseer trilogy first. Ideally this should be labelled book 4 in the overall story
When "blank" chopped "blanks" "blank" off!
It wouldn't, shouldn't and couldn't be a film but it could be a HBO series!
Like game of thrones meets the voiceover style of the British comedy Peep Show
Bring Nick Taylor or Paul Boehmer back to read the other Hobb books. These two performers are gems. I listened to the samples of the other performers for live ship, Rainwild and Fittz and the Fool series. The performance of those books was terrible verging on sacrilegious, i cant imagine Robin Hobb was impressed, if you want to shift more audiobooks Amazon, get the remaining three series rerecorded. that way i can enjoy the full series....or i could just read a book i guess (less money for you though).
Performance and story are really great but whomever is responsible for clipping to the next chapter practically before the narrator has finished getting out the final word of the previous chapter spoils the end of every chapter. Each chapter invariably begins with a loud reading of some document written by one of the characters or by someone from close or distant history in the Realm of The Elderlings, and often a chapter may end on a poignant and deeply emotional scene where characters talk in hushed whispers to each other about their deep loyalty or love for each other and suddenly 'CHAPTER 5' booms out as the next document is spat hurriedly out without the listener having a chance to digest the last sentence of the previous chapter. It upsets the pace and atmosphere and made me physically startled every time. Why the editor felt the need to spoil such a fantastic performance of this great book is beyond me. It could not have saved that much time overall and has been at the expense of everything else.
If you haven't read the Farseer Trilogy (beginning with book 1 Assassin's Apprentice) go back and do that first! If you have, well what to expect is more of the same high quality story writing you've come to expect from Robin Hobb. This book continues the story from where it left off. I particularly enjoyed finding out more about the Skill and the Wit and seeing how the story evolved.
Some of the sections dealing with the Wit and the Skill are particularly well done. Robin Hobb continues to write in the style readers will be familiar with - knowing how to share small practical and descriptive details that paint a picture. Outstanding work and a book I've re-read many times. You won't be disappointed!
While I know many people will have been glad of the change of narrator from the previous trilogy (going on comments here) I did rather happen to like him. However I swiftly readapted to the new narrator and thoroughly enjoyed his performance.
Having finally found the simple life he hoped for in obscurity FitzChivalry Farseer is at peace; a peace which is promptly shattered by the call to once again aid the Farseer throne.
If you liked the first trilogy this is really a no brainer - get and listen to this book and keep on listening all the way through to the end of this series!
It took me a while to get used to the narrator, especially having listened to the Farseer trilogy just before, as in this, the narrator pronounced names and did accents very differently (Starling suddenly has a Devonshire accent?!), but once I became accustomed to this, the book was excellent. Can highly recommend.
"An amazing continuation of a splendid series."
Not much to say, other than enjoy your read. If the Narrator bothers you, don't worry. He grows on you over time. While not as excellent as Paul Boehmer, the narrator manages to put his own interpertation on the characters in a way that does The Farseer Trilogy justice, while setting up The Tawny Man trilogy to be the wild ride that it is.
"Awesome. FITZ is back"
After loving the Farseer trilogy, Fools errand puts you straight back into Buck all be it quite a few years later and delivers.
Nighteyes - His wolfish way of looking at life which is more human than some of the actual human characters.
If you loved the Farseer, you'll love this. Could not stop listening and had a few close encounters with the misses because of it. All worth it.
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