Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb

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AuthorRobin Hobb
TitleFool's Errand
SeriesTawny Man, The
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by Coos 
(Jan 20, 2004)

Finished Fools Errand in 1 go.

Fitz Fitz Fitz.
seldom, no never have i read a fanatsy book that actually moved me. Fanatsy is escapism. It has nothing to do with normal life.

This book has

First of All , Hobb does not create a world so differant from ours. Most other authors waste page after page describing some animal or whatever. Not Hobb, she uses all we know from around us.

The magic concept is so well portraight , one could actually believe , that in times gonne-by, it might have been. Its like a 6-th sence. Nothing with which one wins wars.

The i-concept of the writing is unique in fanatsy and in this series it hit me even harder than in the Farseer books. A benefit from the I-writing is that you stick with the story all the time. No deroutes. You stay with Fitz all throughout the book.

The sacrfice, the concept of duty over needs, the shear neverending longing for some hapiness which Fitz seems to have thown overboard alltogeher.


I do hate one thing in the the book. Tom Badgerlook I gringe everytime i read that name.

Submitted by rune 
(Nov 30, 2003)

The 1st book in the Tawny Man series and a good start that picks Fitz up 15 years after the Farseer's trilogy. The beginning was a little slow, but once the main character was back in trouble the story flew along. I liked how the author changed some of the characters, making them more grittier. However, be warned, Hobb isn't frightened to break our hearts along the way.

Submitted by Jeremy Yoder 
(May 18, 2003)

I stumbled across Fool's Errand by accident and enjoyed the novel so much that I sought out the Farseer books and started to read them.

Fifteen years after the Red Ship Wars, The Fool seeks out Fitz Farseer, who is living in self-imposed exile, and enlists him to find Prince Duitiful, who has disappeared just before his betrothal ceremony for an arranged marriage.

Hobb creates a complex, engaging world filled with believable characters. The Witted for instance, are unjustly persecuted for their ability to communicate with animals, but at the same time, the Piebalds use this persecution as an excuse to grab power. Things are not always as they seem in the Six Duchies, and I appreciate that good and evil are not always immediately apparent.

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