Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin.
Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne: that he, like Fitz, possesses the dread "beast magic." Only Fitz’s friendship with the Fool brings him solace. But even that is shattered when devastating revelations from the Fool’s past are exposed. Bereft of support and adrift in intrigue, Fitz finds that his biggest challenge may be simply to survive.
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"Fantasy as it ought to be written.… Robin Hobb's books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.” (George R. R. Martin)
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
This question is hard for this book. It really depends on what type of book you like. It ranks in the top 20 for character development and character relationships. But if you looking for a action packed adventure this is not it. The story is written well and if you like the Farseer Trilogy you going to like or even love this book.
Well its a bit beat up. But as usual Poor Fitz hits rock bottom. And the ending is where everything gets back to normal. Kind of finding a pattern in Robins writing.
James is a great narrator. He is a strong four star. The fools voice is my favorite. Being as he kind of has to do a unisex voice, I find it amusing.
I would stick with the book tittle on this one. Golden Fool
Its a must read if you love Fitzchivalry Farseer. I could see some who are use to a action packed novel not liking this kind of writing.
This is my second Hobbs novel. I am hooked, her stories are so filled with details it takes one to another world. The narrator is great, I love the voices of all the characters and especially Fennel the cat. Overall, the story is so detailed it was a buffet for my imagination. I am about to purchase the next novel in the series.
What a find this series is! I am already on to Book 3 of the trilogy and anything else I can find by Robin Hobb.The writing is completely unselfconscious and highly accomplished, the characters fascinating yet believable, and the performance by James Langton is simply brilliant.
I only do Audio versions. That is why I signed up with Audible years ago.
The characters and story plot.
Opening chapter when Fitz and Chad meet again.
I did not like that narrator James Langton changed accents of the main characters and pronouncement of the names. It was so dramatic I thought they had changed narrators! Chad now has an Irish lilt? Keep it the same...James!
Hobb writes long interesting stories, this one took a while to get it's hooks into me though. From about half way I thought the story took off and I couldn't put it down. Eagerly waiting for the next.
Feels like I'm reading reality tv in novel form. Like the last book I think I could of cut 8 or more chapters out and still got the gist of the book and it definitely would of been more enjoyable.
This is a must read series. It has the old world feel to it with so much going on that I am sure u will enjoy these books as much as I have.
I enjoyed the second installment in the Tawny Man Trilogy. This book had less events and action in it than the first, but much of that can be attributed to it setting up the facts necessary for the third book. I am optimistic that the third book will make up for the slight slowness of this one. Nevertheless, I am pleased with this trilogy, which has excellent character development and intrigue.
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