Author(s): Robin HobbDownload
Acclaimed and bestselling author Robin Hobb continues her Fitz and the Fool trilogy with this second entry, following Fool’s Assassin, ramping up the tension and the intrigue as disaster continues to strike at Fitz’s life and heart.After nearly killing his oldest friend, the Fool, and finding his daughter stolen away by those who were once targeting the Fool, FitzChivarly Farseer is out for blood. And who better to wreak havoc than a highly trained and deadly former royal assassin? Fitz might have let his skills go fallow over his years of peace, but such things, once learned, are not so easily forgotten. And nothing is more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose…
Some Reviews: 1778 in Goodreads.com
This is really a 3.5. In some ways, it’s an amazing book. Robin Hobb is at the height of her powers, and it shows. But it’s a really heavy book. Fitz does horrible things. The Fool does horrible things. It’s almost irredeemably bleak. Then there are the unexpected moments of humor or heart that lighten it just a little. Ultimately, you care about all the characters so much that you really have no choice but to go on to the end.
I just wish all of these characters could have a better final adventure. This one is excruciating. And, by the way, I read the first few chapters of the last book. It gets even worse…
Oh man another emotional rollercoaster. So far Fitz and the Fool is a very slow paced, emotion focussed series. Cry worthy things happen, lots of despair and Fitz struggling with himself. Always Fitz struggling with himself really, he blames himself for everything. Everythng is intense and you just hope things can be set straight.
‘Sorrow and loss never die. We can put them away in a chest and lock it tight, but whenever it is openend, even a crack, the aroma of lost sweetness will rise to fill our lungs to heaviness.’
Fool’s Quest brings the reader so much that we’ve been waiting for in this long series that it is difficult not to love this book. For Hobb to write such a singularly focused and intimate book without it becoming boring is a great achievement. Epic fantasy does not have to be about the huge world ending fights, it just has to be possible world-ending moments to the characters. When the characters are written well enough to allow a change in a relationship, a conversation, a decision, to become the driving tension and substance of a story, you know that these characters are more than just words on a page. In our lives, when things feel like they are falling apart, or coming together, it is the relationships with others that causes those feelings of great disaster or happiness, and Fool’s Quest captures that essence of humanity brilliantly.
23/25 Possible Score
5 – Plot
5 – Characters
4 – World Building
4 – Writing Style
5 – Heart & Mind Aspect
Damn you, Robin Hobb. No thanks for the sleepless nights when I could not stop reading because I want to know what happened next. No thanks for the lingering joy, despair, excitement and frustration in my mind. No thanks for the blood shed, the lies thrown and the embrace shared between the characters and how I drowned in their emotions. No thanks for weaving such as a fantastic yet harrowing story, which I don’t want to finish. Ever.
Argh, after reading ten of her books in a row, I wish I have the magic to get book 3 right here right now.
This is fantasy and I enjoyed this so very very much. It is the second book of Fitz and the Fool. I am always completely drawn into these books for so many reasons. The author makes things work so well together and when it is coupled with a fantastic narrator, it is so close to perfection. I love when the stars align and this happens.
There are many stories within her story. The characters are so well drawn that they seem to leap from the page. The sense of place is equally as vivid. I feel like I am there. I love that. So why 4 stars and not 5, like I gave the first one?
First, it started off kind of slow. But I’m not going to grumble to loud about this because the author was giving a recap of the previous book. While that is always much appreciated, it had me a little worried because I hadn’t fallen into its rhythm yet. But that was soon rectified. Next, there was no real resolution at the end. I wanted something, not a cliffhanger. But what fun.