Book Reviews of Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, Bk 1)

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, Bk 1)
Fool's Errand - Tawny Man, Bk 1
Author: Robin Hobb
ISBN-13: 9780553582444
ISBN-10: 0553582445
Publication Date: 11/26/2002
Pages: 688
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 238 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, Bk 1) on + 774 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Possibly the most absorbing in the series yet... this is definitely a miss-your-subway-stop, sneak-it-at-your-desk-at-work, stay-up-way-too-late kinda book!
It's been 15 years... FitzChivalry has taken on the identity of Tom Badgerlock, and has been finally living the simple life he always wanted, a near hermit in a rural cottage, alone except for his adopted son Hap, and occasional visits from the minstrel Starling. But events seem to conspire to end this quiet time... Fitz says no to Chade's request to return to Buckkeep to tutor his genetic son, Prince Dutiful, in the ways of the magic that he is born to. But when the Fool, now in the guise of the wealthy and alluring Lord Golden, reveals that Dutiful has gone missing, there seems no option but to accede to Queen Kettricken's wish that they go on a mission to find him before the Prince's impending bethrothal to an OutIsland princess... But are they merely seeking a rebellious runaway, or is a more sinister plot behind the Prince's absence? Sentiment against the Witted (those who have the ability to communicate with an animal partner) is on the rise, and many innocents have been brutally lynched. The secret political group calling themselves the Piebalds, who claim to be working for the rights of those who have the Wit, are not helping with their antics. Fitz' bond with his wolf partner, Nighteyes, is more of a liability than ever, now...
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a review for the entire Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool's Errand, Golden Fool, Fool's Fate) because I find it almost impossible to rate them as individual books.

This series takes place 15 years after The Farseer Trilogy ends. Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders Trilogy occrs in the time between the two series. It is not necessary to read the Liveship Trilogy first (I would know because I skipped it, then came back to it after finishing Fool's Fate). However, reading 'Liveship' first would make the reading experience of 'Tawny Man' that much richer.

I cannot remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a series, when a group of characters affected me as deeply as these. Fitz might be the narrator and hero of the story, but somehow The Fool manages to be the star. Watching them go through this series together was an amazing experience. I cannot think of another pair of characters I have enjoyed reading about more. The character of The Fool himself ranks as one of my all-time favorites from any genre.

If you cared about these characters at all in The Farseer Trilogy, you will consider them part of your family by the end of The Tawny Man Trilogy. Watching Fitz and The Fool go through this series togeher was both heart warming and heart breaking. The final chapters of the book haunt me still, and I'm not entirely sure if that is because of hope or disappointment.

The series itself ends just as Hobb has always ended her books... with a painfully real-life conclusion that is fitting as well as bittersweet. This series stayed with me for days after I finished it. I was truly sad to see it end. I was exhausted emotionally (Fitz never really does get a break) and exhausted physically (who needs sleep when you have another chapter to read?) but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

Treasure these books as you read them. Mourn the end. Then read them again.
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Helpful Score: 2
A fantastic start to another Fitz trilogy. Even after 15 years of near solitude, he gets drawn back into the ways of old. Old characters and new converge, with joys and tragedies, to make for a remarkable tale. I couldn't put it down, and cannot wait to read the next installment.
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Helpful Score: 1
Robin Hobb continues with her "Farseer" characters and they are just as wonderful, exciting, loveable and colorful as in her first trilogy. A must read for Robin Hobb fans.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you liked "Assassins Apprentice" you will love the continuing adventures......
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Helpful Score: 1
Robin Hobb begins this trilogy with a great tale with convincing characters. FitzChivalry Farseer is living in hiding as Tom Badgerlock. Only a very limited few people are aware that he is alive, and his adopted son, Hap, knows nothing of his past or his real name and previous life. But the past will not leave him alone. As the bastard son to the king, his life is owned by the Farseers and they want him back.

The characters are well drawn, fully-fleshed out with Hobb's great understanding of human nature. The pacing is excellent, with suitable ebbs and flows of activity, tension, and angst as Fitz tries to save the next in line to the Farseer throne.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fantastic follow-up to the Farseer books. The Tawny Man series continues the life of FitzChivalry Farseer after his self-imposed exile of 15 years. It was so nice to be able to read more about Fitz. Excellent series!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book! I keep reading because I love the main character Fitz and I keep wanting to know more about the Fool. That character stumps me all the way to the end of the series.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fitz's further adventures . . . good series
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Yes I recommend this book, but first read the Farseer trilogy and the Liveship trader trilogy. If you don't you are missing out on a very complex story. The books are intertwined and it's done very well. I do believe Robin Hobb is a very excellent fantasy writer. This book was hard to put down just like the last two series. Very good character assignments, and world building. I fall in love with the characters, and sometimes I have to remind myself I'm not actually living in that world. Great story telling.
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Loved this series! This highly skilled writer makes the fantasy so well aligned with the reality that it is sometimes difficult to remember where the line is to be drawn. Highly recommended for readers who, like me, love both history and fantasy.
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I have loved everything written by Robin Hobb. She draws you into her books and gets you excited about the characters.
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One of the best trilogies I've ever read. If you can do it I recommend reading Hobb's Farseer Trilogy then the Liveship Traders Trilogy and lastly the Tawny Man Trilogy as they follow in sequence. Rarely has a series captured me like this one and I've never been so content with an ending as with the last in this series.
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This book takes place in the same universe as Hobbs' Liveship Traders, but it isn't absolutely necessary to have read that series to enjoy this first novel of a new trilogy. A darned good read!

From back cover: For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that is about to change when destiny seeks him once again. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished and FitzChivalry, possessed of magical skills both royal and profane, is the only one who can retrieve him in time for his betrothal ceremony--thus sparing the Six Duchies profound political embarrassment...or worse. But even Fitz does not suspect the web of treachery that awaits him or how his loyalties to his Queen, his partner, and those who share his magic will be tested to the breaking point.
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The book was slow to get started but it was really worth reading. I look forward to reading his next in this series.
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Not as strong as the first series, but still a good read.
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Good follow up series to "Farseer Trilogy."
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I enjoyed this book, which picks up about 15 years after the Farseer trilogy ends, even better than the others in the first series, which I loved.
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for 15 years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that is about to change when the young heir to the Farseer throne disappears. Even Fitz does not suspect the web of treachery that awaits him or how his loyalties to his Queen, his partner, and those who share his magic will be tested to the breaking point.
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This is a review for the entire Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool's Errand, Golden Fool, Fool's Fate) because I find it almost impossible to rate them as individual books.

This series takes place 15 years after The Farseer Trilogy ends. Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders Trilogy occrs in the time between the two series. It is not necessary to read the Liveship Trilogy first (I would know because I skipped it, then came back to it after finishing Fool's Fate). However, reading 'Liveship' first would make the reading experience of 'Tawny Man' that much richer.

I cannot remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a series, when a group of characters affected me as deeply as these. Fitz might be the narrator and hero of the story, but somehow The Fool manages to be the star. Watching them go through this series together was an amazing experience. I cannot think of another pair of characters I have enjoyed reading about more. The character of The Fool himself ranks as one of my all-time favorites from any genre.

If you cared about these characters at all in The Farseer Trilogy, you will consider them part of your family by the end of The Tawny Man Trilogy. Watching Fitz and The Fool go through this series togeher was both heart warming and heart breaking. The final chapters of the book haunt me still, and I'm not entirely sure if that is because of hope or disappointment.

The series itself ends just as Hobb has always ended her books... with a painfully real-life conclusion that is fitting as well as bittersweet. This series stayed with me for days after I finished it. I was truly sad to see it end. I was exhausted emotionally (Fitz never really does get a break) and exhausted physically (who needs sleep when you have another chapter to read?) but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

Treasure these books as you read them. Mourn the end. Then read them again.
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I enjoyed this book, which picks up about 15 years after the Farseer trilogy ends, even better than the others in the first series, which I loved.
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I enjoyed this book, which picks up about 15 years after the Farseer trilogy ends, even better than the others in the first series, which I loved.
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This is a great book, it has been well read and not a new book. Would be good for somebody to read and pass along to another. It has some bent pages and cover not perfect.