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Summary

The second in the thrilling fantasy series returning listeners to the Six Duchies and the magical world of the Farseers, from the author of the best-selling Assassin’s Apprentice.

Fitz has succeeded in rescuing Prince Dutiful from the clutches of the Piebald rebels, and has returned with him to Buckkeep castle. With Dutiful safe again, Queen Kettricken can proceed with plans to marry him to the Outislander princess, Elliania, but with tensions building among the peoples of the Six Duchies over Kettricken’s tolerance of the Wittted, even Buckkeep is no longer safe.

A reluctant Fitz is assigned to protect the young prince, and also train him in the Skill, and in doing so he finally makes contact not only with his estranged daughter, Nettle, but with someone in Buckkeep who may possess a greater Skill talent than Fitz. And who may represent a terrible threat to the Farseers.

Meanwhile, Elliania arrives, and before she will accept Prince Dutiful’s betrothal challenges him to undertake an impossible quest. He must kill a legendary Outislander dragon.

©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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“Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.” ( Guardian)

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I wish that the different narrators in this series of books could be more consistent in saying names.

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The Tawny Man Trilogy

This outstanding trilogy ties up some of Robin Hobb's earlier story threads so characters from earlier books, nothing to do with the main characters the Fool and Fitz start appearing in "The Golden Fool" I am thoroughly impressed with Robin Hobb's literary skills. This trilogy is enthralling! I would recommend it to anyone. My only regret is that there are no more of her books available on Audible. I have listened to them all! But "The Tawny Man" is the best of them all!

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Love the series but editing issues noted

The amount of errors in this series (Tawny Man) is concerning and frustrating. There are repeated lines - obviously where the narrator has tried different expressions - but this hasn't been edited out on multiple occasions. One other issue I have is the speed and volume of the Chapter change announcement.

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At last a narrator worthy of the novel

After strange choices of narrator off the first two trilogies it is a pleasure to have one who flows with the story. Its not that he does anything special but like a football referee has a good game if you don't notice them so it is here. Very enjoyable listen.

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Twists and turns

Really well written. The writer has a way of portraying situations and events in a clear manner, using beautiful language. The storyline is imaginative and the characters substantial.

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Narration is getting there

THANK THE LORD.

The no gaps between chapters in the previous book is thankfully fixed.

Some irregularities in pronunciation from previous books, but ok.

As for the book itself, flawless.

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amazing

Never a dull moment in these trilogies. Alot questions answered after listening to the farseer trilogy, brick by brick its falling into place. New characters introduced, surprises, tears, exitement. Its just a masterpiece. Now to continue the last book of the trilogy to seek the last of this adventure!

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narrator sucks 😞

story is excellent really enjoyed it but the narrator is a idiot who has no idea how to pronounce characters names in continuity

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fantastic

these books get better and better the more i listen. what an author!!! on to the next

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Not a lot happens, but still worth it for the characters. I miss night eyes.

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Some Editing Mistakes

I love the story and really enjoyed the narrator but the editing is lacking: no pauses between chapters and some of the narrator‘s mistakes have been left in.

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  • 04-11-19

Editing mistakes

There where quite a few editing mistakes, places where phrases where repeated. It made concentrating difficult.

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  • 27-04-21

This should have been properly reviewed before release

Storyline remains good but the lack of pauses between chapters make it hard to soak in what just happened. Narrators mistakes are not many but are left unedited.

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  • Raul
  • 13-02-20

Painful and precious

Many wounds and shackles Fitz lays upon himself are. often his own crafted out of fear and self pity. It makes me reflect on the times that I have been foolish.

This book is a sorrowful, but precious shard. Painful to hold and hard to let go. Out of the series, it is probably my favorite.

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  • Mikael
  • 19-09-16

Our Beloved Keeps On Delivering

Amazing prelude to the end of the second trilogy. A must read for everyone. Enjoy!