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?
©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"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.
One of the surprising things about Hobb is her ability to continue stories in the world she created and not have them feel like a tagged-on excuses. Her previous Liveship Traders trilogy took a new context and made it just as interesting, whereas this book returns familiar characters with all their scars and history and achieves the same newness of purpose.
When we first met Fitz I remember being surprised at suddenly realizing how much I cared for the characters at one point. This book takes that to new levels, and plays on your love of old characters and suspicion of new ones, suspicion which becomes fondness as the once youth fully reckless Fitz becomes the responsible one. A true classic story of growth.
Brilliantly narrated, though some amateurish production. Changes in volume and the end of each chapter with absolutely no pause. But they are only occasional gripes which don't spoil it at all.
I was really drawn in by the story and the performance. I found myself vividly imagining the story and was very moved at one point. Would highly recommend to fans of this genre.
I just adore Fitz and the dear Fool, not to mention Nighteyes. If you loved the first trilogy you will enjoy this one. Fitz is a little older, not much wiser and still frustratingly anonymous but this is a good trilogy and both characters and plot develops in unexpected ways. These are books that I am revisiting through audible and the performance in this series is so much better than the last. The narrator has changed and for the better in my opinion!
I'm not sure if this trilogy is a better than the first trilogy (The Farseer Trilogy), as in my opinion the first one was poorly narrated. Nick Taylor does an exceptional job at narrating this book and the rest of the Tawny Man Trilogy. It was difficult to stop listening and I would find myself taking a longer path to get where I was going just to listen to a bit more.
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.
"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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