Review: Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb

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“Long ago, Fitz and the Fool changed the world, bringing back the magic of dragons and securing both the Farseer succession and the stability of the kingdom. Or so they thought. But now the Fool is near death, maimed by mysterious pale-skinned figures whose plans for world domination hinge upon the powers the Fool may share with Fitz’s own daughter.

Distracted by the Fool’s perilous health, and swept up against his will in the intrigues of the royal court, Fitz lets down his guard . . . and in a horrible instant, his world is undone and his beloved daughter stolen away by those who would use her as they had once sought to use the Fool—as a weapon.

But FitzChivalry Farseer is not without weapons of his own. An ancient magic still lives in his veins. And though he may have let his skills as royal assassin diminish over the years, such things, once learned, are not so easily forgotten.

Now enemies and friends alike are about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose.”

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Review: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's ErrandThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Robin Hobb made her mark on fantasy, with the trilogies The Farseers and The Liveship Traders. Her world, populated by magic-users, dragons and living ships, incorporates all that makes fantasy great.

Now Hobb returns again to the Six Duchies and her memorable Farseer hero, Fitz, in Fool’s Errand, first in the new Tawny Man trilogy.

After nearly giving his life for king and country, Fitz has faded from sight and memory. Thought to be many years dead, he lives quietly under the name Tom Badgerlock. But one day, his past arrives at the door. Two old friends, his mentor Chade and the former king’s Fool (now known as Lord Golden), plead for his return. Prince Dutiful, the throne’s only heir, has vanished on the eve of his betrothal to an Outisland princess. Only Fitz has any hope of locating him.

Posing as the Fool’s servant, Fitz seeks clues to the Prince’s disappearance. All leads point to a chilling supposition: Dutiful carries the Wit, the abhorred beast magic, and has run off with his bond-mate, a hunting cat. With time growing short, Fitz, who also bears the Wit, sets out with his wolf Nighteyes. He hopes to find young Dutiful before the Wit claims him entirely, leaving behind nothing but an animal in a man’s body.

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