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Fool's Quest

Fitz and the Fool, Book 2
Series: Fitz and the Fool, Book 2, Realms of the Elderlings, Book 15
Length: 33 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters with the second volume in a brand-new series.

Happy endings never last....

Years ago they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies.

But as Fitz attempts to heal his old friend in Buckkeep Castle, his young daughter, Bee, is abducted from Withywoods by pale and mysterious raiders who leave ruin and confusion in their wake. Fitz must find a way to rescue his beloved Bee.

At the same time it is the Fool's fiercest wish to return to Clerres with the best assassin he has ever known, to gain vengeance and justice. Can Fitz bear to take up the tools of his old trade again, even to avenge his dearest friend and save his child?

©2015 Lee Maxwell-Simpson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Robin's secret is not just in the detail with which she depicts the Six Duchies world she has explored over 20 years, but her emphasis on internal drama...the feelings of anguish, ambiguity, fear and failure are as familiar as those in a novel by Jonathan Franzen." ( Independent on Sunday)
"Glorious and beautiful storytelling from Robin Hobb." ( SciFi Now)
"Hobb seamlessly blends intrigue, action and characters who feel so real that they become more than words on a page.... Every second spent in her world is a privilege and a pleasure." ( SFX)
"Robin Hobb's Fitz and the Fool series continues to delight." ( Starburst Magazine)
"Another crowning career achievement in the lifetime of one of fantasy's modern-day masters." ( Fantasy Book Review)
"Fantasy as it ought to be written." (George R. R. Martin)

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I think someone got a name wrong on this and tried to fix the mistake by badly re-recording the word and editing it into the final piece. Its terribly done however and makes the book quite hard to listen to.

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Badly edited

The book is great however it needs to be re-record or at least edited as the name Vindalier, is extremely badly edited in, through out the whole book and completely destroys all immersion and makes it barely listenable, they would be better off skipping over the name completely than keeping the horrendous editing, for a full priced audio book it's a disgrace.

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dull

after the previous fitz and fool books, this is extremely disappointing, listening to this book is like trudging through mud, it's so slow!
I cant stand listening to how pathetic the fool is, and wish hed never been brought back!
the performance is dull, all the male characters sound the same and have I mentioned that the fool is annoying?
if I didn't know, I honestly wouldn't of guessed that this has come from the same author that brought us verity, night eyes and regal.

yeah, this books a no from me, it's rare that I ever stop reading/listening to books when started, but this is one of those cases

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Trying too hard

I am a big Robin Hobb fan and struggle to criticise her, but this just seemed so laboured. I am going to get the last in the trilogy . . . but it’s not with my usual enthusiasm. Here’s hoping!

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So disappointed by the male narrator

A great book from this author as ever, but the male narrator is terrible. I do wish they would stick with one voice for Fitz. I have been through 8 books with him now and feel very attached to him it's really frustrating. The female narrator is great.

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love all the assassin series

Robin Hobbs doesnt disappoint I am thoroughly engrossed in her Farseer books and dreading when it's all finished. totally engrossing. if you ha e read her previous books in this series you wont stop.

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Great story

After being disappointed a bit with some of the last editions of the realm to elderlings this was a great surprise the story was exciting and felt it brought new elements to the series whilst giving you the familiarity of the characters you have come to love.

The narration was good but again as in other books my issue with changing narrators is that the characters voices change now I understand that this happens and it’s not the end of the world but in this set all the Elderlings sound like they have a German accent which is a stark contrast to their style of voice in the other series. I wish that the narrratotors would listen to the previous books.

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awesome !

loved every minute! fitz is awesome and I adore the fool thankyou Robin hobb xx

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superb middle book of the final trilogy

it's difficult not to be biased by this stage, and one would hope if you're reading this book it's because you've read/heard at least the two other Fitz trilogies if not the Liveship and Rainwild ones.
the characters of Fitz and the Fool remain perhaps the most intricate and engaging characterisations in modern fantasy. this middle book puts the pair through a significant rollercoaster bridging the set-up of book one with the finale of book three. Hobb struggles at time with the pacing, and the last four or five chapters feel as if they should be starting a new book. we get a cliff hanger of sorts but it would have been a tidier finish to halt at the departure IMO.
that said Hobb revels in the world she's crafted, bringing together characters and settings from all her books, all the way to the first Farseer books. you get such a sense of time and change, and such lovely prose. I'm heading straight to book 3 with mixed feelings, as I genuinely don't want it all to end 15 books later.
the audio is great- both narrators do a good job, and the fact they're the same in all three books is a bonus (as it impaired the Rainwild books on Audible for me).

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Amazed

An amazing story that takes the characters to new places new adventures and more sorrow.

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  • 03-06-16

Brilliant

Greatly appreciate Robin Hobb sharing her gift yet again in this long awaited novel. Thoroughly enjoyed being immersed again in the adventures of Fitz and the Fool. The narration in this audio addition was perfect.
Can't wait for the sequel.