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'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. Martin Robin Hobb returns to her best loved characters with the second volume in a brand new series. Happy endings never last…Years ago, they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres, while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own.Now, betra'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. Martin Robin Hobb returns to her best loved characters with the second volume in a brand new series. Happy endings never last…Years ago, they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres, while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own.Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies. But as Fitz attempts to heal his old friend in Buckkeep Castle, his young daughter Bee is abducted from Withywoods by pale and mysterious raiders who leave ruin and confusion in their wake.Fitz must find a way to rescue his beloved Bee. At the same time it is the Fool’s fiercest wish to return to Clerres with the best assassin he has ever known, to gain vengeance and justice.Can Fitz bear to take up the tools of his old trade again, even to avenge his dearest friend and save his child?...

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ISBN : 9780007444212
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Number of Pages : 740 Pages
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Fool's Quest Reviews

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-05-15 21:45

    I’ve noticed a splendid trend with these Farseer trilogies. Robin Hobb spends the entirety of the first book creating character investment and sympathy. In the second she unleashes the said emotions in, what is always, the most exciting and emotional book in the series. The third is what I like to think of as a clean-up job. Hobb brings it all together and provides a spectacular conclusion to the masses of build-up she has created. It is a structure I like, and in this book it is emphasised because it is the third time she has done it with these characters. So, the emotions are very high.They’ve stolen his heart The Fool returned in the last novel. This should have been a time for celebration and warm welcomes, instead in was a time for heart ache and tragedy. The Fool is on his death bed, and no hope of renewed health is in sight. Bee, Fitz’s daughter, has been abducted from the comforts of the only place she has ever known: her home. Fitz is clueless to who has stolen his daughter, though it is, of course, obvious to the reader. He has no idea where to begin his hunt, and his once pragmatic mind is clouded by one simple emotion, rage. He wants to destroy those who have dared to defile his home, and he wants to get his daughter back with no thought to the cost it may have on him. ”You are no longer the boy who chased Regal’s coterie through the halls of Buckeep Castle with a bared blade. You are Prince FitzChivalry Farseer and we will make them pay with every drop of their blood.”I love the characterisation of Fitzchivalry. He has become old and unfit, but he still has the heart of a warrior. He is no longer capable of what he once was, and it takes the advice of his old mentor, and trusted friend, Chade, to make him realise that the only way to get Bee back is through the cold and calculated approach of an assassin. Thus, as ever, Fitz takes his time; he picks up his old tools of the assassin trade and doesn’t begin his mission till he knows he has a chance of success. Well, at least that’s what he intended to do. Whilst Chade tempers caution, the Fool tempers action. Fitz becomes torn between the approach of his mentor and the advice of his oldest friend.One of my favourite Farseer books so far Robin Hobb really teased me in this novel. Fitz lost Nighteyes many moons ago, but twice she provides a possibility for Fitz to form a new wit bond; twice, she teases of a new direction his life could take, and may take in the future. Then to top it off in the last chapter she suggests that Bee may find shelter under the wing of someone long departed. I think if this is the case this trilogy will end in a bizarrely spectacular way, like the two trilogies before it. Also, some of the major characters fromThe Rain Wild Chronicles andThe Liveship Traderstrilogies reappear at the end of this novel, which could only end in more obstacles in the path between Fitz and his Bee, and, more importantly, work dragons back into the plot. I loved this book. I read it quicker than any of her previous books, which is saying something because this numbers amongst the longest. I just want to read it again. This is the eighth book in the series now and, for me, they just keep getting better. It will be a sad, and marvellous, day when this series is completely ended. Fitz and The Fool Trilogy:1. Fool's Assassin- A heartfelt five stars2. Fool's Quest- A teasingly emotional five stars

  • Mark Lawrence
    2019-05-12 21:34

    [spoilers for book 1]It took me 10 weeks to read this book.I'm a slow reader and frankly, it's a slow book. These things combined to make my progress glacial. It's also really long.A slow book is not a bad book. Because Hobb is building on characters whose lives have been shown to us across decades in both their existence and ours she has built a bedrock of goodwill that allows me to enjoy the story at the pace she chooses to take it. What it means though is that I am not compelled back to the page by an urgent desire to know what follows the last thrill or spill, rather I'm brought back to it by the return of my appetite for the nostalgia and melancholia that fills many of the chapters. None of this is to say there isn't a strong story here. There is! Or that there isn't action. There is! Just that it is heavily leavened with the pasts and personalities of characters we know very well. And this is part of its charm.As is so often the case for Fitz the story is often driven by misunderstandings that the reader can see through and missed opportunities that we yell at him to take. And of course he suffers! Always the suffering. Though it never leads him to the dark side whatever Yoda may have to say on the subject...Much of the book is about waiting. We get the story from Bee's side of the equation as she is hauled off across the winter wonderland that is Buck. And her story is a lot about waiting to get where they are going. And we get the story from Fitz as he waits for news, waits for the Fool, waits to give chase, and waits to get match fit. All of this sounds dull, but Hobb has a great talent for filling "wasted" hours/days/weeks with meaningful character interaction. There are very few authors who can get me to tolerate considerable detail spent on clothing, gifts, feasting and just plain organizing stuff. George RR Martin somehow manages it, and so does Robin Hobb. I guess that if you write well enough then anything goes.The last section takes an odd twist and I think links into history/events from books I haven't read (the Rain Wild books?) which gave me a taste of what it might be like to read this book and its predecessor without having read the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies. Don't do that.As usual Fitz puts us through the emotional wringer, and not with cheap writing tricks but in a mature way that people who have lived, loved, and seen children grow, will resonate with. There's a great power/opportunity that comes with having built characters over so many pages and so many years. Robin Hobb does not waste it!Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes..

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2019-05-22 16:52

    I *inadvertently* deleted my notes and I'm not annoyed at myself at all right now, OF COURSE. RTC as soon as I can function properly, which might be long enough for you to have grandchildren. For now : Fool's Quest, a summary : - Fitz, NO! You know I love you but NO! - OMG IS THAT A TEAR IN MY EYES I'M PRETTY SURE IT IS FUCKING FINALLY THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU- I said NO! - Forget what I said - KILL THEM ALL KILL THEM ALL KILL THEM ALL- Oh, Thick! I missed you! - You, Lant, are a moron.- Tssk Tssk Tssk nope nope nope nope nope - YAY! FINA-- Alright. Never mind. My heart is JUST fucking BLEEDING - Oh, don't you DARE, you people! - KILL THEM ALL KILL THEM ALL KILL THEM ALL (bis)- (view spoiler)[RHEYN AND FITZ ON PAGE TOGETHER!! (hide spoiler)] I might burst from happiness.- I smile. It hurts. I'm not gonna hope too-much though because I know I shouldn't but aww that is actually adorable and - Because it might not be obvious : I LOVE FITZ. Flaws and all. He will always be my favorite, OKAY? The truth is, I will shake my head at him, relentlessly urge him to freaking ASK FOR HELP, but it will take only a whisper against him to morph me into a protective wolf. As it will only take a much deserved reconnaissance for me to cry. My poor, poor Fitz. How much we suffered together (more than 5,000 pages O_o). He can appear restless and TSTL, but the thing is, his decisions make sense? Or am I too lenient when it comes to him? Or perhaps I just get him? Maybe (I don't really care, honestly), but whatever it is, it shows how great a writer Robin Hobb is. __________________Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me. Please don'tAlright. It's Robin Hobb.Please don't hurt me too much. Please don't hurt me too much. Please don't hurt me too much. Please don't hurt me too muchAlright. It's Fitz.Please don't be stupid. Or careless.Or Okay. Don't die. Is that okay with you? Do what you want, but don't die. And don't kill the Fool.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-05-10 21:32

    And here comes the real review, not just updates of my desperate attempt to get the book...All hail Robin Hobb Queen writer of fantasy!Seriously this book was so amazingly good that I now sit here writing and knowing that I will never be able to put down it words how fantastic the book is. For everyone that has read Rob Hobb before and not yet read this book or the one before will I say that you will love this series, the books just keep getting better and better and Hobb still knows how to surprise her readers. To those that have never Read a Hobb book, do it, hell do it even if you are not a fantasy fan. They are well written, the story will pull you in completely. Just start with The Farseer trilogy, of course, always best to start from the beginning.Anyway this book is better than the first book in The Fitz and the Fool trilogy, but that doesn't make the first book bad, this one just have a lot more action it, more going ones, more Fool. And, having Fitz and the Fool reunited again was just was marvelous as in Fool's Errand (first book in the Tawny Man trilogy) when they met again after several years apart. This book story continue the story from the first book with the Fool hurt and dying and Fitz tries to save him, but it seems futile, but you should never say never and solutions can show up where you least expect them. And, little Bee, Fitz daughter has been taken, but it will take some time for Fitz to know that, but when he does, then he will do everything in his power to get his daughter back and punish the bad people behind the kidnapping.This book is around 750 pages long, but it could have been twice as many pages because it is so good, it is never boring, the pace is just perfect, not a single thing that happens in the book is boring, no skimming of the text, hell there are moments when I had to reread sentence because they are so good written and they go straight to my heart.I loved this book. I have lived with the story, with Fitz and the Fool and the rest of the characters for a couple of days and now I have to leave it for a while and it is almost painful to not have more to read. Luckily for me, I still have some books written by Hobb that I still haven't read, alas no Fitz and Fool book waiting, but I can always reread the earlier books with them if I want to.August 19, 2015The book is finally mine:May 29, 2015Got a mail from NetGalley:Request notification from Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra.Thank you for your interest in this Del Rey title. At the moment we're limiting access to this galley.So now I hope that I will get a much nicer mail from Edelweiss...May 08, 2015I was going to add a link to a review I have written on NG, but then I saw what had been added since I last visit...************************************Jan 03, 2015OMG! I so want this book now!August? 8 months of waiting?

  • Kaitlin
    2019-05-17 20:42

    Re-read on 21/4/17 - 26/4/17 - STILL LOVE IT... My goodness, how had I forgotten just how much of a cliffhanger this story is left on?! I NEED BOOK THREE!!!!------------------Of course, another 5* book from Robin Hobb and I expected no less by this point because everything she writes in the Realm of the Elderlings has been so wonderful. I cannot give away much of the plot within this book, as I don't want to spoil anything about who is alive/who is not, but I will say that this book has some wonderful moments of small revelations. For me, whilst book #1 of this series is full of heartbreak, surprises, tense moments and big shocks, this one is far more subtle. We follow some of our old favourite characters, and we get to see some of the big questions we have been pondering get revealed in curious and exciting ways.I loved the fact that this book gave us so many moments alone with Fitz because he is definitely the driving force of this whole series. We get to see him as he fights with himself over mistakes he has made and battles he feels he lost. He has certainly been through a lot of horrendous stuff and this book proves just how tough things can get and how depression can seep in. What I really enjoyed was seeing Fitz taking action and doing things to help himself and those who need him. He's always a character who bounces back and manages to have resilience, but Fitz is OLD by this story and theres always a lingering question of will he make it? Will he be okay?I really enjoy it when Hobb manages to weave various plotlines together from previous series and the Rain Wild books and the events within them definitely have a big part to play in the latter half of this book so you get to see what has happened since the ending of their story to some of the characters from that Rain Wilds, and also exactly how they tie into the larger arc of Fitz.I just fully enjoyed this story and have been rather sad since finishing it up because I know it means that I don't have any more Realm of the Elderlings books to read now (a pretty sad thing) and I will have to eagerly await the next book in the series with all of my buddy reading friends who are also sad about having to wait. I am hopeful about the next book also being a 5* read, because knowing Robin Hobb, it will devastate me inside and out and turn everything I though I knew upside down again :) :( Another 5* read - fantastic!

  • Bradley
    2019-05-24 14:43

    Picking up right where the last book left off, but still agonizingly slow to action for very good reasons, I'm sucked right into the Buckeep palace and torn between Chade, Fitz's old assassin teacher and the Fool, his long lost and scarily far-gone friend. One wants Fitz to take up his job because he's old and failing and the kingdom needs a spy-master and the Fool tugs on every emotional string Fitz has due to his many years of torture and craving revenge... and the fact that Fitz's daughter has been taken by the same people.The first portions of the book were agonizing because Fitz just didn't know that his daughter had been taken and his keep raided, his people brutalized, raped, or killed. We get that knowledge as readers, and I, for one, was torn to pieces by the knowledge. The slow build-up of characterization and the building upon all that history from the previous books makes me wish that Fitz would do as EVERYONE wishes him to do, but of course, it's not possible.Still torn by the Fool, he learns of all the horrors back at his old home and goes off to save his daughter. This part of the adventure is by now one of the most emotionally pain-wrecked pieces of the novels and it gets even worse when we discover how and why he's unable to find her. In fact, he's given up because of the unique way he knows he's lost her. All that's left is either going on a suicide run with the blinded and broken Fool against a whole powerful kingdom by himself, or settling in with his old friends who love him like the hero that he is, trying to enfold him back into their graces despite his deep reluctance.The conflict here is so hard, so good.And when he finally decides to sacrifice his life on a Fool's quest, he even leaves the Fool behind, fully intending to go at it alone.But Fitz has more friends than he knows, and things are NEVER easy or go as expected.This has got to be one of the best of all the stories of Fitz. I'm so damn invested. Like, completely. It's truly amazing. What might objectively seem like a slow tale is actually very deep and very rich, full of the whole wide spectrum of posibilities and relationships. And when I say that his relationships are vast, it's also true. This author has the ability to slam home the force of the previous events in fresh ways, making us feel and remember all the special things that made the earlier books so great.It's one hell of an emotional ride, and far from having the middle-book blues, it is even more engaging than the previous. If I had any complaints, it's only that I didn't get as much Bee time as I wanted.Fortunately, Hobb is tying all the related novels of this fully-realized world and is bringing all of the Fool's other guizes in different lands together in a truly spectacular way. I'm plowing through to the last of this trilogy now. These books are absolutely amazing.

  • Emma
    2019-04-26 16:36

    This as with all Robin Hobb books, is slow to action, frustratingly so at times. And yet every delicious word of it is important. In the Tawny Man trilogy there were the odd mention of the Rainwild/ Liveship details, but only in this book does it become apparent that the dragons and the Rainwilds are all merging together into the same wonderful story. Hobb is really going to do it: bring together all the strands from all her books. I've read the blurb for the final book in this trilogy and I am so excited! Only about 6 weeks until the final book is published. I can't wait but am also dreading this wonderful journey ending. If it is the end...I would say to anyone new to Hobb and unsure of reading order: make sure you read the Liveships and Rainwild series before you attempt this trilogy. Personally I'd read them before the Tawny Man trilogy too.Magic!

  • Althea Ann
    2019-05-22 19:42

    Following directly upon the events of the previous installment (Fool's Assassin) and ending in a double-whammy of a cliffhanger...Fool's Quest will satisfy all of Hobb's fans... and leave them screaming about how long it's going to be until the next book.Honestly, not much happens here. Two characters are kidnapped, and the two title characters go into emotional tizzies about how to get them back and/or avenge them. Hopes are sparked, dashed, re-lit, only for more setbacks to crop up. However, it's all beautifully done. The pages fly by, and every emotional pain and twinge is fully felt by the reader.The latter part of the book does a beautiful job of incorporating elements from earlier installments in this giant saga, as well. These books are all highly recommended... but don't start here. Honestly, don't even start with the book before this one. Go all the way back and start with 'Assassin's Apprentice' - and please do - it's worth it!

  • Bob Milne
    2019-05-09 22:39

    At one time, the second (or middle) book of a trilogy was a thing to be dreaded - a book to be endured as a necessary sort of narrative bridge, with the built-in expectation that any lack of enjoyment is to be tempered by anticipation for the concluding book to follow. While there have been a few 'new' authors (such as Jeff Salyards and Sebastien de Castell) who have bucked that trend, I really didn't expect the same from an established author like Robin Hobb. After all, her style and her writing are already polished, and she had her growth/development moments almost 20 years and 20 books ago.Whether or not Fool's Assassin was a stumble depends on who you ask, but I had serious issues with the pacing, the characters, and a few of the core plot elements. It was one of my most disappointing reads of last year, and almost soured me on the whole Realms of the Elderlings saga. Hobb had a serious uphill battle for my appreciation going into the second/middle book of this series, and I tempered my expectations accordingly. So, you can imagine my surprise when Fool's Quest not only proved to be a return to form, it even resolved enough aspects of the first book to make me rethink it and adjust my appreciation for it.Fool's Quest is an absolutely brilliant book that works perfectly on all levels. It takes the story that was introduced in the first volume, builds upon it, develops it, and sheds new light on what has gone before. More than that, it's also takes the story that was told in the first two trilogies and develops it in some surprising (but welcome) directions. I won't spoil the moment by providing any sort of context, but if you aren't overcome with emotion when Fitz says "The roar of acclaim broke over me like a wave," then you haven't been paying attention to the sacrifices he's made throughout the series.One of my primary complaints about the first book was that Fitz wasn't himself, and barely resembled the hero I remembered. Hobb tackles that issue head-on here and has Fitz himself acknowledge how far he's strayed under the guise of Tom Badgerlock. It should come as no surprise that he blames himself for the tragedy that struck Withywoods in the first book, and his prolonged period of self-doubt and mourning is just long enough to sweeten the moment when he decides to climb out of his self-pity, take control, and do something about what's happened. He's not quite the nimble assassin of old by the end of this book, but that's okay because he's something better and wiser . . . more patient and more restrained.Similarly, Chade comes very much to resemble his old self here, and the evolution of his relationship with Fitz is a cornerstone of the novel. Early on, he helps Fitz become acclimatized to life back in Buckkeep Castle, even going so far as to give him some spy duties that serve as both an important aspect of the plot and a nice touch of nostalgia for readers. That relationship changes over the course of the story, however, as we come to understand how much Chade has lost and how much life out of the shadows has changed him. Their roles aren't completely reversed by the end, but Fitz definitely does get the opportunity to step up and do his old mentor proud.As for the other cornerstone here, I won't lie when I say that I loved every scene with the Fool. Here is a scarred, broken, damaged man, one who has been robbed of everything from his sense of purpose to his sense of future. He's come to Fitz for help, for protection, and for revenge. He's so terrified and so vulnerable that we get to experience another role relationship reversal between him and Fitz. The Fool grows as he heals, prompted by his own desire for revenge, by a surprising revelation regarding young Bee, and by his experimentation with a dangerous cure. His scenes are emotionally exhausting - as they should be - and he proves to be just as stubborn and obsessed as Fitz or Chade could ever be. As Fitz comments at one point, "You are you. Fool, Lord Golden, Amber, and Beloved. You are you, and we know each other as well as any two people can." Everything they've shared, encountered, and done for one another has weight in this novel, casting shadows and coloring every decision that's made.I complained that the first book felt like an extended prologue of over 500 pages (followed by an opening chapter of about 80), but the story here returns to the pace we're accustomed to with Hobb. That's so say that there are still prolonged long lulls, filled with a lot of talk and a great deal of self-doubt and introspection, but there are also significant moments of action throughout. Things happen here, pushing the story forward, and bringing our characters together. Some of those scenes are small and intimate, while others are more sweeping, but they all work. This is a book that I found myself excited about, from beginning to end, never once lamenting those lulls to build character or reveal the truth behind schemes and actions. It was glorious to properly return to Buckkeep, but I also enjoyed our visits back to Withywoods. More than all that, though, I enjoyed our trips through the Stones the most, especially as they take us to some surprising (and nostalgic) places in the concluding chapters.Fool's Quest isn't just a return to form for Fitz, Chade, and the Fool, it's a return to form for Hobb herself. This is precisely the kind of novel we were all expecting from the opening chapter of The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy, and it has me ridiculously anxious to read the next. The pacing is perfect, the characters ring true, and the world building continues in some delightfully surprising ways. There's a lot of intimate, personal conflict here, and I really wondered how she would resolve it all, but the final chapters are some of the most satisfying she's ever written - and that includes the agonizing cliffhanger we've come to expect.Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration.This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my honest review.Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

  • Laura Lam
    2019-05-12 18:48

    This is my very measured, nuanced review of Fool's Quest:AHHH. AHHHH. AHHHHHHHH!I feel like I've been dragged through a Skill Pillar. I have left bits of myself in the Six Duchies, with Fitz, the Fool, Bee, and everyone else. New characters to love, old ones to learn more about. I don't want to go back to the real world.And I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

  • Rob
    2019-05-09 21:29

    Executive Summary: I loved this book. It's everything I had hoped Fool's Assassin would have been. There are a things I didn't like, that will understandably be much more off putting for some than they were for me however.Audio book: Elliot Hill once again does an excellent job. He does a variety of voices and inflections that make doing this book in audio a good option.Full ReviewI absolutely loved Fool's Fate. I'd have been perfectly content if the series ended there. Last year's Fool's Assassin was enjoyable, but not as much as I'd have liked. It left me apprehensive for this book. I shouldn't have been. That isn't to say bad things don't happen to our beloved Fitz. Any fan of the Ederling books won't be surprised by that. Ms. Hobb sure loves to torment Fitz, though probably not as much as he torments himself.This book grabbed me from the start, and never let me go. I hated every time I had to stop listening. In fact once my hardcover copy arrived, I augmented my audio time by reading as well.For reasons I can't fathom, many people seem to skip the excellent Liveship Traders series and more have skipped the quite enjoyable Rainwild Chronicles. While I wouldn't call it a prerequisites for this book, I would highly recommend reading those books first. There are so many great rewards in the book for people who have. If you haven't, I doubt you'll be lost, but you won't get the same enjoyment in my opinion.It's pretty much impossible for me to get into why I loved this book more than the last one without massive spoilers. I suspect most longtime fans will share my excitement however.That said, despite getting one of my rare 5 star ratings (this is only the second book by Ms. Hobb I've given that too), there are some complaints. Or maybe not complaints so much as things I wish weren't in this book. I found them very upsetting. I'd have preferred some kind of alternative reason used to drive the plot forward. I suspect some people may be more upset than I was, and others may be more indifferent.Overall though, those were very minor things to me in an absolutely fantastic book. I will warn that if you hate cliffhangers, you may wish to avoid reading this book until we're much closer to the release of the next book. It is a pretty big one. With it being the second book of a trilogy, and how the first book ended, I can't say I'm very surprised.Much like the last one, I am both nervous and excited to read the next one and see what Ms. Hobb has in store.

  • Sam
    2019-05-22 14:38

    It's Robin Hobb. It's Fitz.I feel like those two sentences are all I need to explain my 5 star review, but if you need more... I think you're crazy, but fine.THE FEELS. This book is just one sucker punch to the feels. Happy. Sad. Frustrated. Everything. It's just all so Fitz. He wallows and oh I missed Nighteyes so bad in those moments. I do wish he'd open up again but can understand why he doesn't. It's just very hard watch humans try to understand Fitz when it was his wolf that always knew him best. Although Riddle seems to come close. I wish there was more Riddle!Honestly, I was thinking back on what happened in this book, and if you break it down, there's not much to say. Yet, I spent all day Saturday happily reading this book, because Hobb's characters are just so great. Kettricken still steals scenes. And Nettle. Hell I think Fleeter is a better character than some I've read before and she's a horse. The characters just pull you so far into these stories that I don't mind reading what they're eating because I wish I was at that table. I think I first picked up a paperback cover of Assassin's Apprentice in middle school and I'm more than happy to go about their days with them. Plus there's all the emotions and intrigue if you haven't been living in this world since middle school.This is quite the gushing review but sorry, not sorry. If you haven't read this series yet, GET IT NOW. If you haven't read Hobb yet, then you really don't know what you're missing.

  • Chris Robinson
    2019-04-28 15:36

    Much as any other Robin Hobb novel Fool's Quest excels at making the reader not just understand what is happening in the story but feel the emotions that are evoked in the characters at each event. Once more we follow FitzChivalry, and now his little daughter Bee, through the world of the six duchess beginning where Fool's Assassin left off. After seven novels with Fitz as the focus character he has lost none of his charm nor any of his exasperating flaws. This is not to say there is a problem from the readers perspective simply that Fitz is a flawed character. Hobb does not ignore what makes him human and by doing so makes us feel so much more for him. Sometimes that may be overwhelming concern, sometimes happiness and sometimes the desire to reach within the pages and shake him. Just as the last book ended we begin this book dealing with an information disconnect between our two POV characters. Fitz is at Buck keep dealing with the results of mistaken identity while Bee is at Withy held captive. At the start we have two very diverging stories that will wring wildly different emotions from the reader. In one storyline there is elation, happiness, satisfaction while the other evokes sadness and intermittent despair with seeds of hope sprinkled in. Those familiar with the series will find it familiar in a good way with enough new to keep it fresh. This novel builds more of the current state of the world than the last did. In book one we saw the twists and turns of Fitz' life over the last 30 years and it brought us up to the point where the adventure began. In book 2 we travel onward from that point seeing changes both in the lives of the characters and getting a larger scale view of what's going on in this world. There are so many things that happen in this novel. Not wishing to spoil anything I will make a few brief comments. There are moments in this novel reader and character alike thought would never come. Hobb handles them in such a wonderful way that the entire scene left me breathless. There are no surprises thrown in to make you feel, simply methodical building to where when looking back you can imagine no other way things could have gone. Prepare yourself to read this novel. You will be an emotional wreck one way or another throughout. I kept tissues handy, yes I'm a male in my thirties and I freely admit to this, and tears of joy and sorrow were an equal mix. I worried once whether I'd be opening these new novels only to find a beloved series lessened after so long without a new entry but to the contrary the first two books of this trilogy have only stepped it up a notch. I hope that when it ends we can convince the author to spin us another story.

  • Linette
    2019-05-17 15:53

    This is a story about a skilled witted assassin bastard prince, an enigmatic fool who is also a broken prophet, an injured sulky bastard with potential, a stubborn but loyal stable boy, a resourceful child servant with gender issues, an intelligent horse, and a talking crow, who go on a quest through a forest and some stones to try and save a tiny unique little girl and a spoiled young lady from some very white people with dandelion hair. Oh, and there are dragons. Of course there are dragons. Even one dragon made of stone...oh, I did love seeing him again! <3 After so long we once again walk a part of the skill road, black and full of whispers.I think the theme of this book is, old secrets can cause new pain. I think. Or maybe it is just that if you are different or unique, someone is going to want to hurt you, and you just can't let them do that. It also has a lot of revisiting places and people from the past.It is a middle book, with some typical middle book issues. It picks us up at the cliff hanger where we were abandoned in the first book, then is full of stops and starts - quite slow in many parts as we gain needed info and then other parts where we run pell mell unable to catch our breath - and when we reach the last page we are deposited at a new cliff hanger where we are forced to try to make ourselves comfortable until Ms. Hobb comes back to rescue us with the next book. She leaves us at an interesting place though.Bee...such a strong little girl. And her wolfish guardian - so happy to see more of him in this book. Gone but never forgotten.Fitz...why must you always insist on doing everything alone? Frustrating, when you have so many who would love to help you. Come out of the shadows, do not be ashamed of who you have been, who you are, let them help. In the words of Chade, "Oh, my boy. The best mistake Chivalry ever made was you."A few secrets are revealed by our most enigmatic characters, Fool and Chade. Those secrets seem to damage the people they love most. We even get a tiny glimpse of some old friends from the Rain Wilds, although it is not necessary to have read those books before this one, it was nice to see the crossover and recognize them.If you haven't read Robin Hobbs' books yet, please do so - you won't regret it. But don't start with this one - start way back there, where it all started, with Assassin's Apprentice, and get ready for a journey that requires courage, for you will enjoy it quite thoroughly. 4.25 stars I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-02 16:50

    Holy crap. When's the next book coming out?? Review to come....need to process. Short version: loved it.Updated: Full Review at Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2015/0...So, even if it has been a little while since you read Fool’s Assassin, hopefully you remember the insanity that ensued right at the very end. Talk about a cliffhanger of a ending from that book! What that means is that this book starts in the fray, there’s no slow getting reacquainted with the quiet life of Fitz. That quiet life is shattered and gone. I know I read some criticisms about the first book because the pace was different than typical. I always felt it was necessary to fully understand Fritz and his life. This book reinforces that. There is nothing slow about this book, there is all the plotting, intrigue and character turmoil you are accustomed to with Hobb’s books.An interesting turn in this book is that it ties together the Fitz and Fool books with Bingtown and the Rain Wilds. This left me wishing I had read the Rain Wilds Chronicles series prior to this. But I never felt lost, or that I was missing vital information. I just enjoyed the references and characters that I read about from Liveship Traders and couldn’t help but wonder what I may have picked up on if I had read the Rain Wilds as well. I do plan to read that series before the next book in this series releases.This book once again sees Fitz endlessly blaming himself for all the trials and tribulations Hobb puts him through. His relationship with the Fool plays an important part in this. He is faced with some hard decisions between the Fool and the Fool’s wishes and what Fitz believes to be the “best” course of action. I just love this pair of characters. Has there ever been a better, stronger, more loving relationship? Especially one that is not a sexual relationship, but just a deep friendship between two friends that have been through so much and understand each other so deeply.If you had any reservations about Fool’s Assassin, absolutely do not stop reading this series. It is heart wrenching, captivating, exciting and touching. It will leave you yearning for next book of the series. Me? I will fill that time catching up with Rain Wild Chronicles. I really can’t recommend Hobb’s books enough, and this book solidifies and reinforces that.

  • Shelly K
    2019-05-06 21:51

    It seams impossible, but all the characters and stories in the previous four trilogies are starting to merge. Amazingly every trilogy was nicely tied up. I was never left feeling like there were a bunch of loose ends. But now all those individual threads are starting to intertwine. This has been such an amazing reading experience so far.

  • Wastrel
    2019-04-27 19:40

    “I found myself speaking softly as if I were telling an old tale to a young child. And giving it a happy ending, when all know that tales never end, and the happy ending is but a moment to catch one’s breath before the next disaster.”Excerpts from my review:There are no endings. That’s, on the one hand, an incredibly fatuous thing to say… so obvious it’s not worth mentioning… and yet on the other hand it’s a stunningly confrontational statement of intent, a virtual declaration of war against the reader. Because every reader yearns for an ending – for the most part happy ones, but fitting ones at the very least. A story without an ending is scarcely a story at all. Everything we have been taught about stories has trained us to seek out the ending – it’s the ending that gives meaning to the journey. Remember Miss Prism’s prim, Victorian definition of literature, when asked, in The Importance of Being Earnest, about the plot of her ‘three volume novel of more than usually revolting sentimentality’? “The good ended happily and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” Many more adventurous novelists than Miss Prism have challenged the details of this. Tom Stoppard, for instance, suggested: “The bad ended unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.” But the fundament remains unchanged: it is only when we have reached the end that we know what story we have read – comedy, tragedy, romance… sometimes only then do we believe we know who the author was, what they ‘endorse’, as though the author were a stern, judgemental goddess, handing out rewards and punishments when the characters have fought through the tribulations of the final days and reached the author’s throne in the Ending, from where their souls are scattered this way or that into the blessed Epilogue…But one way or another, we need to have an ending, the way we need harmonic resolution – the way an unresolved harmony fills us with a bone-deep craving like no other respectable craving, a craving that left unfulfilled can seem to drive us to the point of madness… it is not even just that we need to find out what happens next, since in a way an ending is the opposite of that, a sleight of hand in which the author satisfies us with ‘resolution’ and persuades us we no longer want to know ‘what happens next’. It is resolution we crave: progression into a ground state, the restoration of stability, an end of our labours. What matters about happy ever after is not the ‘happy’ (though that helps) but the ever. What happens? How do they end up? They live happily ever after, and that’s all that happens, and that is the end of our questions....Every happy ending is just a pause for breath, at best – at worst, it can be form of imprisonment, an imposition of stasis. There is no stasis in Hobb’s books. At the same time, though, the same is true of tragedies – every tragedy is just the backstory for what comes next. So every disaster is tinted with hope, and every triumph is clouded by the fear of loss....This war on the expected is present in another way also: the richness of possibility in Hobb’s work. At several points, prophecy in Hobb’s world is described as simply seeing all the possible paths that lead away from every individual moment; and frankly, that’s what it’s like reading this book. Every page is filled with potentially significant details, and every two or three pages there is something, some premonition, that points the way toward a new possible future for these characters, this world, this plot. Some of this is foreshadowing; much of it isn’t. In earlier books, I thought Hobb was fond of red herrings, but by this stage ‘red herring’ is a red herring – it’s not that there are false possibilities sprinkled through the text, but that the whole of the text is so dense in its possibilities that is makes no sense to single out this paragraph, that page, as a ‘red herring’. Instead, the pages simply move closer to the texture of real life. Every moment is filled with potential; every insignificant detail may prove significant, and every pivotal moment may prove irrelevant. We do not have the benefit of great glowing signs pointing at things and saying “pay attention, this bit is important!”... Because although we think about plots in terms of things that happen… what actually happens to happen doesn’t, in itself, really matter. The meaning and the significance come from the pauses between the things that happen. The power comes from how people react to what happens, and how they prepare themselves for what they believe will happen. The actual occasion of things, the business of the events, is only the acting out of the story written in the quiet moments.The power is in the pauses; and boy is Fool’s Quest a powerful book. Powerful almost beyond comparison – I’ve read emotional books before, but nothing to compare to the crushing intensity of this novel. Reading normal books, I don’t cry. Reading powerful and emotional books, there can be a part of the book where I cry. In Fool’s Quest, there were just the bits when I was actually crying, and the bits when I was only moist of eye. And it wasn’t just tragedy after tragedy. Some of it was tragedy, but more of it was wringing the full affect out of tragedy, and much of it – the most emotional bit of all – was triumph. But then again, like I say: in this novel, triumph and disaster go hand-in-hand, neither ever out of the reader’s mind, like the face and the back of a dancer whirling.This is what epic fantasy can do: the weight of words and time, the seven lengthy novels that I’ve spent inside FitzChivalry’s head, have allowed me to care deeply about him (and sensitively, the way a scientific instrument becomes sensitive through fine tuning), and about those around him, and the emotional intensity is heightened by narrative devices built into the very world for that very purpose, and laid bare by the brutality and the austerity of the setting. I cannot imagine how a story like this could be told in any other mainstream commercial genre. This is, as George RR Martin commented of the first novel in the trilogy, ‘fantasy as it ought to be written’. But the flipside of that is that this is also what the rest of fantasy is missing. I can understand if not every author wants to write books like Fool’s Quest, and if not every reader wants to commit the time, the effort, and the ravaging of the soul required to read books like Fool’s Quest. But every author in the genre ought to read Hobb’s entire cycle, to learn just what the genre can do, and what they can do in the genre. To learn what havoc can be wreaked on the reader’s mind with a little patience, a little carefulness, a little, very little, sleight of hand.If you want to read the full review, it's up on my blog.If not, then here's a few bullet points:- this is a very emotive book, in both positive and negative ways- in particular, it gets very dark, without ever being entirely grim. In places it's quite harrowing reading.- the pace is slow and deliberate, but it's never stationary- it is utterly brilliant and I can find no serious fault in it- it's probably a candidate to end up being my favourite book...despite the harrowing, I do sort of think of it as comfort reading – perhaps because in Fitz the readers can be assured of always going through these adventures with a well-beloved friend at their side (no pun intended). It’s like curling up in a comfortable warm chair in the middle of the winter – and although these books unaccountably come out in summer, it’s hard not to hear the blizzard howling at the windows when reading this. Both literally and psychologically, Fool’s Quest takes us into the bitterest and barrenest winter of these chronicles. It is a triumphant – though never triumphalist – display of what is possible in the fantasy genre, from its worldbuilding to its characterisation, to its scenes of action and suspense. Fantasy as it ought to be written.

  • Ron
    2019-05-07 19:41

    In time I may add more to this review after giving it awhile to sink in. So much of this book was easily a 5-star read for me, hampered, if only slightly, by stops and starts. Some of the best writing of the series was included here, along with perfectly intense pacing and plot. Then, the story would slow, or as in the last 50 pages, come to a near halt by suddenly taking a different path. That’s not new for Hobb’s works. Typically, I love that new and unexpected path. This time I just wanted Fitz to run with the ball; knock the enemy on his ass; score the touchdown. But then things would be over, and that I do not want, at least not yet.

  • Aldi
    2019-05-02 17:23

    I've nothing to add to my original review, but I feel like until I have Assassin's Fate in my hands, I'll be trapped in a Skill-pillar. Someone pass the Sandsedge brandy, please.**********************************************Deep breaths, deep breaths. There is another book coming. It doesn’t end there and no one will die there. (Yet. Probably. ARGH.) DEEP BREATHS, SELF.Well, damn. Robin Hobb has only gone and done it again. This book has so much that I've wanted to see happen ever since the end of Fool's Fate - heck, some of it since early in the Farseers trilogy - that I kept dreading the moment when it all goes horribly wrong, but then - well, plenty goes WRONG, horribly, for everyone, in splendid traditional Robin Hobb paincake fashion, but the BOOK never goes wrong. The book, whether it's dealing with tense and action-packed chase scenes, gruesome accounts of torture or long chapters of political manoeuvring or quiet conversations between old friends (OH MY HEART) is just every page a gem.I cannot really contain my feels or structure my thoughts right now because I am pretty much just bouncing and biting my nails at the same time, so instead here's the Wildly Meandering Bullet Point List Of Why This Book Is Awesome:1. I think we can all agree that Chade saying "It's time, Fitz. Time and past time" and everything that came after is the greatest thing that has ever occurred in the history of Buckkeep, right? I mean. There just aren't any contenders (sorry, stone dragons, you rocked, but... FITZ). It rained so hard on my face.2. In retrospect, it was truly worth that endless mysterious WTF-is-even-going-on pregnancy plot in Fool's Assassin just to picture Fitz's face when the Fool explains how Bee is his daughter too. ("No, Beloved. Of course I was never with Molly. I was with you." LOL FITZ, YOUR FACE.) And goddammit, it all makes so much sense. HOW??3. On a related note, a lot of Fool's Assassin that seemed weird, overlong or cumbersome at first read falls better into place in the context of Fool's Quest. Excellent plotting is excellent!4. And on a related note to THAT, I am as ever in awe of just how intricately the threads of all the stories, lands and every small mention of a random happenstance in a scrap of parchment of Elderling scroll that may have been briefly mentioned seven books ago are connected. New light is often shed on past events but it's never awkward retconning, it always fits. I don't know how she can even keep track, but it's magical. 5. I wish to bow down to Elliania, my badass and most flawless narwhal queen. In fact, one of my few regrets (although I completely understand, because these books can only be so long and she's just not part of the plot that much) is that we get to see so little of her. I love how she just blasts through some of the more corrugated patriarchal nonsense of the Six Duchies and isn't shackled either by their traditional ideas of how things ought to be run or by Kettricken's sometimes too martyr-adjacent concept of Sacrifice. Nope, Elliania just gets shit done! I LOVED that she was the one who publicly acknowledged Nettle and thus paved the way for Fitz. Dutiful is one lucky bastard.6. Animals are the better people! I adored Motley and was so relieved when things worked out for Fleeter. Sorry Fitz, ILU but that horse deserves better than you. Also Wolf-father is driving me CRAZY. Obviously there is more going on on the wolfish front than just echoes of Nighteyes and I keep waiting for Mystery Wolf to come out already and I’m still no closer to guessing who and where he is and it’s driving me nuts. The good nuts, because wherever this goes I’m sure will be brilliant.7. I can’t even express how wonderful it was to see Fitz and the Fool having talks, drinking brandy, healing in some ways and not in others. MY EMOTIONS. In many ways, every scene they had – even when it was completely emotionally harrowing and maybe especially then – felt like a painful Skill-healing in itself, because so many things that happened near the end of Fool’s Fate (the breaking of the Skill bond, “I have to let you go”, the song) were so agonising and unforgettably painful that every scrap of reconnection in Fool’s Quest was like finally healing decade-old wounds. 8. So much trauma, and so well done! The raiding of Withywoods was chilling and the aftermath was so well dealt with and not a bit glossed over. Those poor people :(9. I am enjoying the new generation. Especially Bee and Shine’s scenes were so suspenseful and I loved seeing them pool their resources and work together despite their issues with each other. Lant is still often irritating but he’s also reminding me of early Sedric in some ways, and Sedric became one of my favourite characters, so who knows how far Lant will still go. Character development FTW. Perseverance is just a treasure *cuddles him* and Ash/Spark is so interesting. 10. Whatever happens to Chade next book will be utterly devastating, won’t it *sigh*11. RUN, BEE, RUN. 12. Once again Robin Hobb demonstrates her talent for writing utterly despicable people. Holy crap, Servants. Could you BE any more vile. I am all Team Fool with slaughtering their entire nest, tbh. KILL THEM ALL.13. AMBER. Fitz’s reaction to Amber. AMBER. <333333333333333333314. Hello Kelsingra! Tats! Thymara! Malta! Reyn! I hope we get to meet the rest as well. I hope we get more Liveships characters as well. I love it when these worlds and stories intersect.So, yeah. No middle book syndrome here. I cannot wait – but will, obviously :p – for what the last one has in store. If it’s anything like previous third books in these trilogies, it will be devastating and magnificent. And if it’s the final book in all the series, then… DEEP BREATHS.

  • Nicholas Kotar
    2019-05-11 18:41

    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...

  • Erin
    2019-05-09 17:32

    Fans disappointed by the slow pace and tight focus of Fool's Assassin will be pleased with Fool's Quest. Following his attack on the Fool and the capture of Bee, this second book in The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy sees Fitz return to Buckkeep to plot with friends old and new. Pacing-wise, Fool's Quest moves along a lot quicker than Fool's Assassin; threads begin to unravel, secrets are revealed, and Fitz begins to do something other than bum around Withywoods. (That being said, I would happily read and enjoy 700 pages of Fitz bumming around Withywoods.) There aren't really any shocking revelations or surprising twists, but this is Hobb: the strength is in the character's reactions and emotions and these are, as always, heart-wrenching.One of the main conflicts in this installment (and arguably, in most of the series) is seeing Fitz struggle with his many roles - as an assassin, father, friend and Farseer. Hobb portrays this tension with great skill and I love how capably she portrays adult uncertainty. Fitz never feels like a child questioning who he is, but rather, an adult unsure of how his many responsibilities collide. I commented in my review of the first book how I liked Hobb's ability to write a fantasy book from a 'mature' perspective, and it continues to be true here. Probably the strongest - and most emotional - part of the novel is when (view spoiler)[Fitz finally gets recognized for all he's done. It's difficult to articulate how satisfying it is for Fitz to get his due, and Fitz's unsure reaction to it and his new role as Prince are absolutely fantastic. (hide spoiler)]My main issue with Fool's Assassin was that, in spite of the book's name, the Fool didn't show up until the very end and that was mostly to sucker-punch me with feelings. Thankfully, the Fool is very present in this installment and his scenes and characterization are top-notch throughout. The dynamic between Fitz and the Fool is as nuanced, rich and well-portrayed as ever, and the Fool's vulnerability and anger are spectacularly done.In regards to other characters, Chade also has some really great moments and his relationship with Fitz - and how that relationship has changed - is really well done. Hobb seamlessly weaves new characters in with old, to the point where I'm as interested in Shun, Lant, Perseverance and Ash as I am with characters we've been with since the beginning. My one (minor) issue with Fool's Quest is that we didn't see enough of Bee. This installment was very Fitz focused, and where Bee had a substantial amount of chapters in Fool's Assassin here, she's relegated to a scattered few. Pacing wise, the choice makes sense, but it was a little jarring after getting to know her so well in the previous book. (view spoiler)[I also really wanted to see a bit more of her White Prophet magic, and though there were a few moments, there wasn't as much development as I hoped. (hide spoiler)]In sum, Fool's Quest is an excellent follow-up to its predecessor and is heading to a truly epic conclusion. As excited as I am for the final installment, I don't know if I'm ready to let Fitz, Fool, and the rest go!---AUGUST. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Andrea Luhman
    2019-04-29 20:37

    I give this book three out of five stars for its beautiful language, the imagery of this twisting tale, and learning more about what happens to Fitz Chivalry, his young daughter Bee, and old friend Fool. I’m a fan of Hobb’s work, but some of the annoying repetition common to the Rain Wild’s Chronicles, surfaced in this series as well. This books redeeming qualities revolve around fleeting moments of action, a few fun surprises, and a trip that involved dragons. Other than that, be prepared for a lot of crying and gnashing of teeth, especially from Fitz. A good sixty percent of the book is Fitz giving monologues about how guilty and depressed he is. Normally I would not call this out in my into paragraph, but I think it’s important for readers sensitive to graphic rape or violence against women to be warned about the high amount of sexual violence in this book. There is actually a character Bee refers to as, “the handsome rapist.” There are multiple scenes where it is depicted, later discussed, and also scenes where more victims are interviewed or made to remember.What I liked about the book: 1) Seeing Killisengre from other character point of views. I liked seeing little bits about the dragon keepers who were followed in Rain Wild Chronicles, presented in this book. I also liked the bits about King Verity and the stone dragons. 2) It was good to see Chine’s character evolving. I liked learning more about her history. It was good to see her and Bee working as team.What I didn’t like about the book: 1) There are too many characters sitting around making poor decisions or just being stupid. Could one of the protagonists, besides little girl Bee, have their wits about them? Why do they ALL need to be making such poor decisions? 2) There’s so much talking, rehashing, and endless monologues about events from prior books. Then something new would happen, but within the same chapter or the next, characters are rehashing that action as well. It just bogs down the books pacing, and for me it was everything I hated in the Rain Wild Chronicles all over again. There really must be a high expectation for stupid fans when constructing this book. As if the majority of us readers don’t retain anything read prior. 3) Fitz is such a whiner in this book. He’s a grown man but he will not shut up, and when he does shut up, we then have to read all about his emotions, so it just never ends. Add the misery in Fitz’s scenes, to the sexual assaults in Bee’s scenes, to the graphic torture and recovery of the Fool and you have one huge mess of depression.

  • Sara
    2019-05-19 19:45

    Holy skill-dragon of cliffhangers; August can not come quick enough.Post-readingWow... I just... Wow. And I'm supposed to wait another year? Perhaps it's for the best, on the other hand. I'm not sure I could've handle even more tears right know, be it of joy, retribution, grief or sorrow.

  • Em
    2019-05-18 20:37

    Re-read 7 January -4 February 2017I really took my time with this read through and it was a far more enjoyable experience. Last time I rushed to get to the end, I think partly just to be sure that (view spoiler)[the Fool actually survived(hide spoiler)] and I skimmed over so many wonderful little moments. I'm now primed and ready for the 3rd and final book to come out in May and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my beloved Fool and Fitz make it to the end of the journey and a very peaceful ending. Read 16-25 August 2015I'd seen him broken with pain and I'd seen him drunk to maudlin. And beyond that, I'd seen him dead, and been him dead, and walked his body back to life and called his spirit back to inhabit that body. So I knew him. From the bones out.I always thought Fool's Fate or perhaps Golden Fool was my favourite book out of off 14 books but not anymore, Fool's Quest just absolutely blew my mind. So many revelations, so much said between Fitz and the Fool that I'd wanted them to say over the years. Mind-blowingly wonderful!After everything that happened in Fool's Assassin, the absolute heartbreak and tragedy of the Fool's torture, and also the extremely slow beginning, (with way more Molly than I could comfortably stomach) I wasn't expecting this book to be so uplifting - and fun! My main hope was that the Fool would at least stay alive and hopefully heal so he could journey to find Bee with Fitz. Well, it surpassed all my hopes, the Fool is fit enough to travel, they are on their way and they have some great new companions tagging along!"Fool. Fool, it's all right. You are here with me now, and they cannot hurt you anymore. You are safe here. Oh, Fool. You are safe. Beloved."["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Phee
    2019-05-17 18:32

    Oh my. That ending, I am so glad I don't have to wait for the last book. That would have killed me. As always I've put the spoiler tag on. This is the penultimate book in the series and so much comes together in this book that I'd hate to spoil anyone. So consider yourself warned that this will probably contain spoilers for the previous books and definitely spoilers for this one. Also as with all my reviews they should come with a ramble tag, because my crazy brain likes to have ten thousand thoughts at once. Firstly I'd like to say that this is without a doubt my favourite book in this whole series. Most people I know say that Fool's Fate is their favourite, but for me it's most definitely this one. I'd also like to say that this is probably the best second book in a trilogy that I have ever read. Bold claims I know, but you'll find no second book syndrome here. Wow, where to begin. I find that with Hobbs Fitz and The Fool trilogies she tends to follow a pattern. The first book will be a slow set up. Building up emotion and empathy and setting up the driving point of the plot. The second book is normally a journey of some kind. Not always a physical journey but a journey none the less. It's not normally over by the end of the book either. The concluding book does as one should, wraps up the loose ends after what is normally an epic climax. Fitz does a lot of journeying in this book but not just physically. As I said in my review of Fool's Assassin it was very introspective. Fitz was constantly looking back on his life and his decisions and thinking on how things could have been different. In this book he has a sole goal in mind. Getting his daughter Bee back and avenging Beloved. He is looking at the near future and only that. To do so he has to rediscover himself. Become the Assassin once more. I loved seeing Fitz relearn what had become lost to him over the years. But things once learned are never truly forgotten and after much preparation Fitz is back on his game. I loved seeing him cold and calculating whilst getting information from Ellik and Hogen. "As long as you are talking, I won't hurt you. When you stop talking, I will hurt you. A lot. Begin.."One major surprise for me in this book was something I've been dying to happen since the end of Assassins Quest. Fitz comes out of the shadows and becomes Prince FitzChivalry Farseer. This is one of the moments that made me tear up. So long has Fitz wanted this and feared having it. He didn't know what to do or how to behave. "Chade, please, no,' I begged him. He looked at me. His cheeks were wet with tears. 'It's time, Fitz. Time and past time. Come. Come with me."Now then. Something I guessed whilst reading Fool's Assassin and mentioned in my review for that book and in an update for this one was proven correct. The parentage of little Bee. Obviously she is a White, her dreams of the future, pale skin, hair and eyes all point to her being a White. But where did she get this White blood from? Her parents are Fitz and Molly. Well as I guessed. The Fool. Both Fitz and The Fool are Bee's fathers. Every time the Fool said 'our child' my heart swelled. The bond these two share, the way in which the very essence of their life is one, meant that both of them fathered the same child. I can't even tell you emotional I got reading that part. Beautiful. "We've shared our thoughts and our food, bound one another's wounds, slept close when the warmth of our bodies was all we had left to share. Your tears have fallen on my face, my blood had been on your hands. You've carried me when I was dead, and I carried you when I did not even recognise you. You've breathed my breath for me, sheltered me inside your own body. So, yes, Fitz, in every way that matters, I've been with you. We've shared the stuff of our beings. Just as a captain does with her Liveship. Just as a dragon does with his Elderling. We've been together in so many ways that when you made love to your Molly, she begat our child. Yours, Mine, Molly's. A little Buck girl with a wild streak of White in her. And judging by the ending of this book, their bond is going to get much more complicated. Also I adored the return of Amber. It's so nice to see her from Fitz's perspective. Lots of other small connections to the other books are made here. Connections to the Liveship and Rain Wild books as well as the Farseer books. I loved all of it. I also adored the fleeting moments of Verity that we got. He was one of my favourite characters and I miss him dearly. He always had faith in Fitz and loved him like a son when his brother could not. That conclusion has me dying to jump into the last book. Which I will certainly start tomorrow. This book was so beautifully written and I'm always amazed at the feelings and emotions that Robin Hobb can stir in me. Her words so descriptive that I've never struggled to understand or imagine the world she has created. Her characters feel very real to me. I can see them so clearly in my minds eye that they might as well be standing next to me. This story, although coming to a close. Has been a part of my life for the last couple of years, through the good and bad. It'll be hard to let it go. There is so much more that I could write but I don't truly know how to put down my feelings. They are ineffable. I am truly going to be sad when I finish the last book. It's been a long but satisfying journey, I'm excited for one last adventure with Fitz and The Fool. It's time to say goodbye.

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-05-16 16:24

    Sorrow and loss never die. We can put them away in a chest and lock it tight, but whenever it is opened, even a crack, the aroma of lost sweetness will rise to fill our lungs to heaviness.No sé bien qué decir. No sé cómo contener la impotencia, la pena y la desdicha que me afligen en este momento. Lo único que sé y puedo decir es que este libro es perfecto. Y necesito Assassin's Fate. Después escribo algo más. No me siento capaz ahora.

  • Stephanie Swint
    2019-05-20 20:50

    Many things happen in this book we have been waiting so long for. ‘Fool’s Quest’ is the second in the Fitz and the Fool series, but is the sixteenth in the Realm of the Elderling’s story, Robin Hobb created involving the Farseer’s and the Fool. Hobb is extraordinary. If you haven’t read her the story needs to be read, for the most part, in order. The Liveship Traders series can be taken on its own, but The Fitz and the Fool cannot be. The true pay off of this book is rooted in a culmination of events in the making since Assassin’s Apprentice, book one of the first series, The Farseer Trilogy. I can’t express my feelings and attachment for these characters adequately. If you have any interest in fantasy these are the books I encourage you to read. They are beautiful, touching, violent, and immensely painful. Hobb is not traditional Grimdark, but it is Grimdark, and the best I’ve read.Hobb ended The Fool’s Assassin with a distressing cliff hanger. Characters at Buckkeep Castle are ignorant of this information for a large portion of the book – building significant tension. The Fool is on the brink of death and Chade has ensconced him in his hidden chambers to protect the broken man. Fitz works in his traditional role for Chade, the work of bastard sons of the Royal Family, while keeping an eye on the Fool. His return in the dark of night made it easy for him to spy for Chade. It is a way he can pay back Chade, Kettricken, and Dutiful for taking care of his friend.While Fitz and his family took steps to right old wrongs at Buckkeek, disaster struck Withywoods, Fitz’s home for the past several years with Molly and Bee. When he returns he sees evidence of invasion/violation. Magic has tampered with the minds of his people. They have no memory of what happened, the burned stables, and people killed. He blames himself, he wasn’t there to protect those he loves and those who are his responsibility. This time he’s not the only one. Lant and Shun were sent to Fitz to teach and protect as one royal bastard to another.Fitz has always been one to act on impulse and emotion, but in this book he finally learns the necessity to take time for preparation. He’s old, whether he looks it or not, his body and Skill/skills are rusty. He must use everything he has learned in his life to reap vengeance. Back are his axes and back is the wetwork of an assassin – whether people like it or not.Fitz, Chade, The Fool, Kettricken, and even Dutiful have aged. Where they fit, what they can, and are supposed to do have changed. They have many responsibilities. One of the biggest lessons in this book is to meet one responsibility means you must fail another. Hobb has a magnificent grasp of the complexities of life. Fitz cannot be everything to everyone. Just as he gets things he has always wanted he feels strings attached. They are not meanly meant. They just are.I mentioned The Liveship Traders series can stand on its own in the Realm of the Elderlings. It’s the start of a parallel story. In the past I would have included the Rainwild Chronicles in that assessment, since there has not been obvious ties to The Farseer’s, but that has changed. If you are thinking to jump over the Rainwild Chronicles I would recommend against it after this book.‘Fool’s Quest’ is beautiful. It caused intense joy and pain in me. There is nothing I would cut out. It might not always be obvious but everything Hobb includes had purpose.

  • Angela
    2019-05-15 20:25

    Just let me live in Hobbs imagination forever please

  • Kalin
    2019-05-25 19:45

    After the most sadistic cliffhanger in all my recent reading, I toss these notes at you while galloping after the next part ... giddyap! faster!~ Unlike the previous book, this one regales us with two Crowning Moments of Awesome right at the start. (They're both spoilerish so skip ahead to the next ~ if you want to keep your blissful plot ignorance.)The first one is the announcement of Nettle and Riddle's child:He worked his mouth, took in a deep breath, and then let it out. “First,” he declared, in a voice almost hard despite its shaking, “this is not about you. You can be offended. You can offer to kill me—you’re welcome to try to kill me. But it’s not about you or your pride or your place at court, or who Nettle is or my common parentage.” His words grew more rushed and impassioned as he spoke, and the color rose higher in his face. Anger and pain sparked in his eyes.“Riddle, I—”“Just be quiet! Just listen.” He took another breath. “Nettle is pregnant. I will not let her be shamed. I will not let our child be shamed. Say what you will, do what you will, she is my wife and I will not let our joy be dirtied with politics and secrets.”I was the one who sat down. Luckily, the bed was behind me when I did so. If he had driven the air out of me with a blow to my belly, the impact could not have been stronger. Words rattled in my head. Pregnant. Shamed. Wife. Dirtied. Secrets.A baby.I found my voice. “I’m going to—”Riddle crossed his arms on his chest. His nostrils flared and he exclaimed defiantly, “I don’t care what you do. Understand that. Do whatever you wish, but it won’t change anything.”“—be a grandfather.” I choked on the word.The second is the announcement--the ultimate revelation--of FitzChivalry Farseer. There's no one excerpt that can capture the might of that moment. Suffice it to say it made my eyes (and nose) overflow, right in front of the hapless strangers who shared a train compartment with me. Just as it made Fitz's eyes overflow.Recognition is a theme whose importance was profoundly explored in Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen. Recognition of all that we've struggled for, suffered through, sacrificed--unknown and unsung. It does not have to happen in front of a crowd or a court; it could be a two-person, vis-a-vis moment. A phone call. An email. But it blows a gale through all the cobwebbed corridors of our psyche. It opens the sluices. And we overflow.Thank you for reminding me, Robin Hobb.~ To my Bulgarian-reading friends: What Fitz experiences after his mishap with the Skill-pillars is strikingly similar to what I call откровение (epiphany) here.The only major difference is that after an откровение, I'm willing (desirous even) to come back to the mundane world--and see it in all its majestic glory. (Just like Fitz sees is.)(view spoiler)[I guess a mundane explanation will be that in such moments, the filters our brain uses to protect itself against sensory overload become thinner. Now please, may I have my miracle back? (hide spoiler)]~ Fleeter's reaching out to Fitz warmed my heart no end. First of all, no-one should spend their life mourning--even if it is the subtle, muffled kind of mourning. Second, I love strong female characters: ones who take the initiative and are not afraid of rejection. (view spoiler)[(Those who know who Fleeter is: are you having fun with this? :) (hide spoiler)]Seriously though, with this trilogy, I have the sense that (finally!) female characters are taking center stage. Bee is wonderful, as is (view spoiler)[Ash/Spark (hide spoiler)], even from the little that I've seen of her. And now Fleeter.(On the other hand, Kettricken and Nettle feel underdeveloped in this book. Could this be the ascent, not of female characters, but of the next generation? Here comes a shocking revelation: (view spoiler)[I'm already prepared to part with Fitz and the Fool, see them off to their next voyages, into another realm. I'm content to know that Bee will carry on their spark. (And so will ... Spark?) (hide spoiler)]Shocked you, did I not? ;)~ The reunion in the "Family" chapter made me cry as I had not cried in a long time. I did not gulp back my tears--I let them flow freely, along with all the losses and loves that have been gathering with the years. (Maru-imoto, I understand you now, I do.) Such a catharsis is perhaps powerless without context ... but have this. And let me have it, more often, more freely.In the dead of night I stirred. Wakefulness flowed back into me. I was a cup full of sorrow, but that sorrow was stilled, like a pain that abates as long as one does not move. Slowly it came to me that I was not in my own bed. Kettricken’s scent was all around me. There was warmth and pressure down my back. She slept beside me, against my back with her arms around me. So wrong. So right. I took both her hands in mine and held them against my chest. I felt no desire other than to be held, for someone to sleep beside me and guard my back. She drew a deeper breath and sighed it out on a word. “Verity.”Sorrow and loss never die. We can put them away in a chest and lock it tight, but whenever it is opened, even a crack, the aroma of lost sweetness will rise to fill our lungs to heaviness. (...) Sometimes, to share a loss is the closest to balm.God, I feel so purer, so stronger now. I had forgotten what a catharsis does ... God.

  • Shari (colourmeread)
    2019-05-05 17:32

    I should just be able to write ‘It’s Robin Hobb’ with a 5-star rating because that should explain everything. I’m convinced she possesses some of the magic she writes about because how? How?! I didn’t think I’d love this book more than Fool’s Assassin but I did. There were so many things Hobb addressed in Fool’s Quest and once again, I’m in awe and she is incredible. If you’ve read all of the previous books in the Realm of the Elderlings (ROTE) series, you will find this book both emotional and rewarding. There was a brief moment in the book that I loved so much because I had fancied the possibility of it since Assassin’s Quest, 11 books ago! And then there was an event that happened that I’ve been hoping for for a very long time, and it was more satisfying than I could’ve imagined. Oh and can we talk about the revelations in this book?! Some I saw coming, but the others took me by complete surprise! This is another reason I highly recommend reading ROTE in order because just when you think you’re keeping up with Hobb, she surprises you with twists that will have you shaking your head for not seeing it sooner. I’ve said this before and it remains true: Hobb expands her worldbuilding with each book and makes each one richer for it. She still provides enough information for readers who haven’t read the previous books, but reading them in order produces a synergistic effect that you’ll be extremely happy with.Fool's Quest is a long book and may fall short for readers who like to see a lot of plot advancement. While there wasn't a lot of things that drove the plot, I still enjoyed the book. Hobb has always been great at setting up characters and events in her books. One of the biggest reasons I love her work can be summed up in one word: authenticity. Because Hobb spends time on writing chapters that invests on the authenticity of future events, readers are able to understand, relate, and feel more for her characters. This is why I didn't mind that the story dragged a little; it paid off and didn't overshadow my overall enjoyment of the book. If Hobb's slow burn wasn't purposeful, that's another story. Speaking of authenticity, Hobb once again gets me with her characters. Fitz went through a lot of emotional turmoil in this book and it led to many mistakes and decisions he made. There were also instances when I found myself frustrated with how slow he was in seeing things but as much as I felt that way, my appreciation for Hobb grew. Here was a character I've been with for a long time and flaws and all, I still loved him. Did some of his actions surprise me? Absolutely. Were they so far fetched that he felt out of character? Not at all. Hobb's characters feel so real that you accept their shortcomings because you don't love them for what they do but for who they are. Will we fault a friend or family suffering with grief because they failed at being perceptive? More often than not, we'd understand them. It felt the same way with the Fool and his reactions to everything after all he went through. My point is, Hobb gets complexity and still manages to make it all real. Her characters, like people, disappoint and that's why she's such a great author for me. Overall there were definitely parts of this book that were darker and more violent than Hobb’s usual. However, I also found it happier in many places! This book was another emotional roller coaster and what a ride it was. I’m both excited and intimidated by the next book! With a title like Assassin’s Fate, I can almost guarantee tears.