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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?

©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"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)

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should of stuck with the orginal narrator.

should of stuck with the orginal narrator. but you do get use to him by the end of the book.

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Editing not perfect

Biggest complaint would be that there is 0 downtime between end of a chapter and start of the new one, resulting in no room to let the chapter to sink in.

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An amazing continuation of a splendid series.

Not much to say, other than enjoy your read. If the Narrator bothers you, don't worry. He grows on you over time. While not as excellent as Paul Boehmer, the narrator manages to put his own interpertation on the characters in a way that does The Farseer Trilogy justice, while setting up The Tawny Man trilogy to be the wild ride that it is.

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  • Tomas
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 02-10-13

Awesome. FITZ is back

What made the experience of listening to The Tawny Man Trilogy (1) – Fool’s Errand the most enjoyable?

After loving the Farseer trilogy, Fools errand puts you straight back into Buck all be it quite a few years later and delivers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nighteyes - His wolfish way of looking at life which is more human than some of the actual human characters.<br/>

Which character – as performed by Nick Taylor – was your favorite?

FitzChivalry

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Loubytee
  • 03-22-13

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.

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  • Richard
  • 06-29-17

Brilliant once again

Once again the author captured me from the beginning! My only thought is that the narrator should have listened to the series to get the name's and accents right! However this does not take away from the story!! Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series!

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  • Havgar
  • 06-14-17

aaaaarg

ok so I love/hate this series.
what I love is the world, magics and all the small things that makes it immersive.
what i hate is the main character. imagine a dude that has absolutely no ambition, no IQ, little to no EQ and never learns anything after turning 13. i have thrown out several copies og the books out of pure frustration with the guy and then had to buy new copies just in order to finish. so finally i bought it on audio because my muscle-memory restricts my destructive behavior towards my mobile.
anyway. i recommend it because i want other people to understand my pain by not being able to simply stop reading this series. because i am going to read every single book about fitz just to make sure he actually IS the dissapointment of a protagonist that i think he is. that or perhaps (my secret hope) he actually becomes the tornado of magic and epicness that i have longed for since book 1. but alas. i sense he will never become much more than an emo with a bent nose and daddy issues.
if my mobile survives the anti-clinaxes that this author insists on i will leave a comment at the last book of this god damn addictive ballbuster of a series.
good audio-guy. 10/10.

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  • julia harrold
  • 01-08-17

Changes in narrators

The book is brilliant!! Unfortunately,change in narrators from the farseer books was quite annoying! Firstly unable to pronounce peoples names either correctly or as pronounced in the first books so took me a while to even realise to whom they were referring to! Secondly, confusing at times as to which character was speaking as there was no real change in voice,also confusing.lastly,poorly edited as a few mistakes were left in.the story is brilliant but i wish they could keep the original narrators as these become the voices and demeanour of the characters. Its Burrage not boregauge and Ket-trican

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  • Garry
  • 08-05-14

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

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  • Colin
  • 11-10-17

Back to the best

Loved this book, Fitz is a brilliant character, as is Nighteyes.

Best narrator of the series so far, though I have liked the other two as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-17

Fantastic book, GREAT narration!

Please don't let the change of Narrator put you off! I was only prompted to write this review when I saw how many listeners were complaining about the change in Narrator for this second Trilogy. I can only say I can't imagine how I could have struggled through another three books with the last horrendous narrator, with his forced plummy accent, weird pronunciations and strange expression. New guy is awesome in comparison!

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  • mr O
  • 10-29-17

So much better than the last narrator!

The material from Robin Hobb is simply spellbinding, rich and incredible. I haven’t wept at a book (and certainly not an audiobook!) since I was in my teens. There was a section in the last book that really broke me. Just beautiful, deep writing.

I’m also chuffed that now they found a quality narrator to match. The faux posh English accent from the Canadian previous reader really wound me up. Nick Taylor has a lovely cadence to his voice with a beautiful sense of pace and a nice array of accents.

I do wish they could agree on pronunciations though... I’m sure by the time I read the final set of books the Queen and Burrich will have a third way of saying their names!

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  • G McIvor
  • 08-31-17

Slow start, but comes good

I moved onto this book after enjoying the first trilogy. The change of narrator was disappointing due to the reasons already discussed at length by others. Paul Boehmer's florid style may have taken a bit of getting used to, but he had made the world his own. Nick Taylor does a good job, however, once he settles into the roles and manages to stop sounding so irritatingly petulant.

The story took a long time to get going, it wasn't until things start moving a third of the way in that it really gathered pace and started to grip me. Once it did though I couldn't wait for my long drives in the car to keep on going. The story is a nice new direction for the tales as well, as while it keeps it foundations from the past it explores new areas and feels fresh. I'll definitely be listening to the next in the series soon.

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  • Leo McGrane
  • 08-22-17

Fitz is an amazing character

from start to finish, Hobbs writing is detailed and her paving is perfect. it allows the world of the 6 Duchies to infold once more at a welcomed ng pace. All of this helps us get back into Fitzs mind. For me Fitz is one of the best written characters in any fantasy book. hs emotions are so real and I can empathize with him on every level. I feel his sorrows and grief as if they were the sorrows and grief of my own family member. do yourself a favor and read this book now.

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  • Kassandra
  • 11-07-16

Poor editing

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The editing was very frustrating - the last words of the chapter are hardly finished being said before "CHAPTER 2" etc booms out at you. Quite startling when the previously uttered words are quite soft. Also very annoying was the change in pronunciation of some character names - particularly Ketricken and Burrich. I found myself correcting the book each time at first lol. Otherwise I did quite enjoy the narration in this trilogy.

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  • Mr. Peter J. Wilcock
  • 11-30-17

Great story, terrible narration

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I'm not commenting about the story, as I don't wish to ruin it for anyone, however I will say it's another trilogy well worth the read/listen. Unfortunately, the change in narrator from the Assassins Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy) almost ruined it completely for me. I'm dreading the next series after this :'(

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  • Cary
  • 10-17-17

Bad Editing

One minute I'm in the throws of tears because of the storyline, and the next I'm jolted to real life and the story spoiled because of the sudden loud CHAPTER XX. For goodness sakes a bit of time to cheer or grieve at the end of chapters PLEASE!!!!!!

Not the fault of the author - love the story. Not the fault of the reader, quite enjoying his voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-17

pronunciation

loved the book, robbin hobbs work will always do that for me. Words and names like kettricken and chalsed were prounced differently to the previous 6 books. Please please please! keep the pronunciations the same! Loved the voice though, very nice Nick

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  • Tegan
  • 09-11-17

Freaking chapter announcements!!!

Just as it was getting to an emotional bit, as the chapter was coming to an emotional close the narrator would change tone and announce the next chapter, destroying what the author has just created!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-17

More Fitz!

Nick does a wonderful job of bringing our favourite characters to life.
The story itself is captivating and leaves you wanting more.
while not as intense as the farseer trilogy, lacking the major climax that was present in each of its stories, this book was still not without.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-17

Great story good narration.

As always the story is great. The narrator is good though his ending of one chapter and start of the next is very abrupt, a breath between may have been good,

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  • Maria
  • 05-03-17

Takes some getting used to

I struggled at first with the difference in narration between this and the farseer. I'm glad I pushed on though, this is a beautiful story, Robin Hobb weaves magic with her words. There are some issues with editing, the start of each chapter is jarring. Far too loud and too quick after the soft ending of the previous chapter.

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  • Roland
  • 03-23-17

A thrilling fantasy story

Robin Hobb has created a vivid and beautiful world in the Farseer books and this series is a great follow up to her first in this world. Picking up the story of Fitz and Nighteyes and the Fool is seamlessly done and the new adventures are just as captivating as the first series. Also, a great job by the reader to help you immerse yourself in the story.

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  • Johnny Hill
  • 07-11-16

Joy & Heartache

Answering the many questions left of what had befallen Fitz & Nighteyes. Robin Hobb brings you back into the Six Duchies and back into the life of Fitz Chivalry Farseer, older and wiser and now known as Tom Badgerlock. A new trial at the beckon of The White Prophet, concerning Fitz's children will bring him back into Buckeep, and back into the service of the Farseer.