Return to the world of the Farseers… Robin Hobb’s best loved characters, Fitz , The Fool and Nighteyes the wolf, face new adventures and trials in the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy. When Assassin’s Quest closed, Fitz was living in self-imposed exile. Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon. Now, in this the first of a new trilogy, we are returned to the world of the Six Duchies and the lives of those who managed to survive the events of the first Assassin trilogy.
Fifteen years have passed and events are about to sweep Fitz out of his quiet backwater life and into the main political current again. Persecution of the Witted has become rampant throughout the Six Duchies despite Queen Kettricken’s effort to damp it. The Witted themselves have begun to strike back. So when 15 year old Prince Dutiful disappears, is it only because he is nervous about his betrothal ceremony to an Outislander princess, or has he been taken hostage by the Witted? Worse, is he perhaps another ‘Piebald Prince’, a Farseer tainted by Wit magic? As the desperate situation worsens, Kettricken has no choice but to summon Fitz to Buckkeep, for who better to track the young prince down than another gifted with the Wit, together with his bonded companion, the wolf Nighteyes?
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"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." (The Times)
"A gleaming debut" (Publishers Weekly)
"Assassin's Quest achieves a bittersweet, powerful complexity rare in fantasy" (Locus)
"Robin Hobb writes achingly well" (SFX, Praise for The Liveship Traders series)
"Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible" (George R R Martin)
"Hobb is a remarkable storyteller." (Guardian)
After loving the Farseer trilogy, Fools errand puts you straight back into Buck all be it quite a few years later and delivers.
Nighteyes - His wolfish way of looking at life which is more human than some of the actual human characters.
If you loved the Farseer, you'll love this. Could not stop listening and had a few close encounters with the misses because of it. All worth it.
"Great story/ frustrating lack of consistency"
A great story and nice to see and experience Fitz's life post the initial trilogy.
The only problem is with consistency in the narration.
Nick is a good narrator with lots of different voices but lazy not to have listened to the previous books. The change of pronunciation of ketricken to k'tricken and burritch to burrick grated on me the whole way through and detracted from the quality of the story
"Bring back Paul Boehmer!"
Having just finished listening to Paul Boehmer's narration of Robin Hobb's The Farseer Trilogy (which I found absolutely epic) I excitedly bought The Fool's Errand assuming (stupidly) it would also be narrated by Paul Boehmer as a continuation of Fitz's story. Instead, Nick Taylor's is the narrator and while I'm sure he's a lovely person his narration is so bad I can't even bring myself to listen past the first chapter. While Boemar's over the top English accent took a bit of getting used to in The Assassin's Apprentice, I found that in a fantasy setting, the theatrics kind of worked and three books later I was completely immersed in his creation of the Six Duchies world. Now with these new audiobooks instead of Nighteyes sounding like John Hurt whispering in your ear we've got Ray Winston after 6 pints and 20 Benson & Hedges. It's like someone told him, "just make your voice growly, that's what wolfs sound like." Not only that all the pronunciations are wrong - Burridge in now 'Burrig' and Kettricken is now 'Ktriggin' and Starling has gone from being a willowy seductively voiced minstrel to a Devon Farmer's Wife - ooooh aahhr. Wish he'd just listened to the Farseer Audiobooks before he agreed to take the gig. Anyway, rant over, I have decided to re-listen to the end of The Farseer Trilogy and while I have a proper sounding Nighteyes fresh in my mind, start reading the Fool's Errand paper book instead. I'm sure the actual book itself is grand - 5 stars etc. etc.
"Outstanding saga of the Farser Trilogy Continues"
If you haven't read the Farseer Trilogy (beginning with book 1 Assassin's Apprentice) go back and do that first! If you have, well what to expect is more of the same high quality story writing you've come to expect from Robin Hobb. This book continues the story from where it left off. I particularly enjoyed finding out more about the Skill and the Wit and seeing how the story evolved.
Some of the sections dealing with the Wit and the Skill are particularly well done. Robin Hobb continues to write in the style readers will be familiar with - knowing how to share small practical and descriptive details that paint a picture. Outstanding work and a book I've re-read many times. You won't be disappointed!
While I know many people will have been glad of the change of narrator from the previous trilogy (going on comments here) I did rather happen to like him. However I swiftly readapted to the new narrator and thoroughly enjoyed his performance.
Having finally found the simple life he hoped for in obscurity FitzChivalry Farseer is at peace; a peace which is promptly shattered by the call to once again aid the Farseer throne.
If you liked the first trilogy this is really a no brainer - get and listen to this book and keep on listening all the way through to the end of this series!
It took me a while to get used to the narrator, especially having listened to the Farseer trilogy just before, as in this, the narrator pronounced names and did accents very differently (Starling suddenly has a Devonshire accent?!), but once I became accustomed to this, the book was excellent. Can highly recommend.
The voice actor for this one of robin Hobbs books far outshines those of the assassins and dragon keepers series, probably a personal preference as the accent and pronunciation of the other actors occasionally broke the weave of the story for me.
And as always a tremendous story, robin hobb always does well for me.
"Great story, different pronunciation......"
addicted to these stories and love following the Fitz! Having g just finished the previous trilogy of him, it took a while to get into this k e as the narrator pronounced names and places differently. a small point but after 80 hours of hearing it one way it's hard to adjust to another. Shame they couldn't keep continuity but doesn't detract from the story.
"much preferred the performance in the first series"
struggled to fall into the plot as before the voices of the characters drew you in. you feel a connection to the story. when I downloaded this trilogy I was blown away. it took 8 hours on a Saturday working to find myself totally emersed always a shame when narrators aren't available to do a sequel. I found the same with Peter Joyce in the painted man by Peter V Brett then the 3 book was narrated by some one new it's horrible. continuity of service or a rerelease would be better
"Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful"
This series just keeps getting better.
I'm not sure there's a need to give a synopsis. If you've got this far with the trilogy, you'll already love it and can't wait for more.
Suffice to say that it keeps up the fantastic quality of writing, plot and character development.
"Brilliantly narration of a captivating story"
Fool's Errand is by far one of the better audio books I've listened to, with it's deep characters only just starting to show an image of who they truly are as the story begins and the way Nick Taylor brings the characters a new life I hadn't even imagined my self having read the actual books first.
The authors approach to the magics of the world bears great resemblance to the witch hunts of our world, I feel that this, and many other elements to the story tie a great bond between Hobb's world, and our own. These links help bring the world to life in a way that makes it feel more believable and relevant to the reader.
By far the way the Fool is portrayed is a brilliant example of Nick's experience as a narrator. The way he brings life to the charades and jests truly does the character great justice.
"Into the fantasy"
A very enjoyable listen and excellent start to what I hope will be an enjoyable series. Narration is excellent, story line is quite light - typical Robin Hobb - but excellent for audio listening. I really 'bonded' with the main characters and am looking forward to the next book - which I have just ordered.
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