- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Voyager - GB (26 March 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780007585892
- ISBN-13: 978-0007585892
- ASIN: 0007585896
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
- Customer Reviews: 609 customer ratings
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Overall I believe that anyone who enjoys fantasy and intrigue will adore this book. Just remember the tissues!
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Fool's Errand is the fourth novel featuring the adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer, picking up after the events of the original Farseer Trilogy. It's also the seventh novel overall in the Realm of the Elderlings setting, which now extends across sixteen books. It's a bit of a fresh start in the series, as although it follows up on events in the Farseer books (and a brief mention is made of the Liveship Traders trilogy), it also introduces new characters and new storylines.
Fool's Errand is a slow book, at least to start with. The first 200 pages - more than a third of the novel - are taken up by Fitz's home life and routine, with lengthy ruminations on chicken-farming. Fitz's main concern isn't war, death or assassinations, but instead raising enough coin to find his adopted son a good apprenticeship. Some may find this sequence interminable, but Hobb uses this sequence to establish Fitz's good, comfortable and quiet life away from the mayhem of the court, and what it means when it is taken away when a new crisis erupts.
The rest of the novel is more familiar: a prince has gone missing, the Witted people of the Six Duchies are rebelling against the persecution and murder of their kind by forming an armed resistance and a new peace treaty between the Duchies and the Outislands is in jeopardy. Keen for people to not realise he's survived, Fitz adopts a new identity (the uncouth Tom Badgerlock) and undertakes clandestine mission for the crown. This results in some splendid, classic epic fantasy elements such as an awkward cliffside sword fight against superior enemy numbers, the experimental use of magic and the gradual teasing and unravelling of a labyrinthine conspiracy.
This doesn't mean that Hobb's straying too far from her established tropes. When in doubt about what to do next, she just makes Fitz's life more miserable and horrible than ever before, killing off loved ones and finding ways to put him in as awkward and painful a situation as possible. It's all vaguely depressing, which is an odd juxtaposition given that the second half of the novel is as lively and swashbuckling as Hobb has ever gotten.
Still, if you're in the mood for a beautifully-written, somewhat melancholy fantasy where the focus is firmly on the characters rather than magic or battles, Fool's Errand (****) is a very fine novel. It's also surprisingly stand-alone: you'd definitely miss a fair amount if you hadn't read the Farseer trilogy, but the plot is focused on a new story and situation. Also, whilst the story clearly is set to continue after the final page, there's no major cliffhanger ending. The novel is available now in the UK and USA.
Fool's Errand is an incredibly well-written book that demonstrates just how much of a genius Hobb is. Little bits mentioned in the first two trilogies are used prominently throughout the Tawny Man trilogy and really make you see just how clever she has been in setting this world up. Fool's Errand follows Fitz once more, 15 years on from his previous adventures during The Red Ship Wars. Now living as a recluse in the countryside with his wolf and foster-son, Fitz is soon, unwillingly, forced back into service for the crown.
Characters of old return and new ones enter the story, setting themselves up to be some of the most memorable characters of the series. One aspect this book has that the ones before it didn't is the ability to hit you hard with emotion. Can be a tear-jerker at times just as much as it can make you smile.
To anyone who has read the previous Hobb trilogies I am shocked you read this review. You should know enough to just click buy and enjoy your purchase. To those who haven't, you really do need to read the books that came before it (even the Liveship traders) as Hobb crosses the series over during the Tawny Man trilogy.
Another great start to this trilogy, developing characters and storylines from earlier books, and Hobb draws you right back in to her fantasy/historical world within the first few pages.
It's a long time since I have enjoyed a series so much
I thought it was a shame that we miss some of the characters from before but seen as how some if them died theirs not a lot that could be done about that although I did hope that a certain character would share a few thoughts at a certain point and was slightly disappointed although it fitted well with the storyline.
I wouldn't read any spoilers first as the book yields a few surprises and is as pleasing to read as other Robin Hobb books. You won't put it down and I would recommend buying the trilogy as a set because you will need to reed them all.
I started with the farseer trilogy and although i dont know if it was intended, a reader should start their journey through the writers world with this series.
Move from there onto the liveship traders and then onto the rainwild chronicles and if you still havent had enough of this amazing world pick up the tawny man trilogy. By the time you reach this trilogy it will be well worth the wait.
Would I recomenned this as a stand alone trilogy? I wouldnt. But thats because its not doing the Author justice, she has created such a rich and diverse world i personally think it should be enjoyed in full.
buy these books!
trust me! i read alot of books!
Robin Hobb, how does she write like this, it draws you in, some times when I put the book down I feel abused and battered just like Fitz.
I mostly dislike trilogy's, I get a bit bored with them, however there are exceptions, and this is in deed one of them.
Farseers trilogy was simply breathless, leading me onto the Tawny Man Trilogy, as I have stated, a health warning is needed, but stuff my health turn the next page.
Right up there with Feist & Donaldson
I started reading Robin Hobb's books almost immediately after reading George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, which I also loved. If you liked Martin's stories and are wondering about these from Hobb, then in my view these have that same element of a world like ours, but with some magic thrown in plus political machinations and good characters. However Hobb's books are much simpler, told from the viewpoint of one character only so you don't get that experience of changing opinions about characters as they develop through the books like you do with Martin. Hobb's books aren't anything like as complex, but on the plus side they are easier and quicker to read and still very satisfying.