Robin Hobb, bestselling author of the Farseer and the Tawny Man Trilogies, has released the second installment of the Fitz and the Fool, Fool’s Quest.
Long ago, Fitz and the Fool changed the world, bringing back the magic of dragons and securing both the Farseer succession and the stability of the kingdom. Or so they thought. But now the Fool is near death, maimed by mysterious pale-skinned figures whose plans for world domination hinge upon the powers the Fool may share with Fitz’s own daughter.
Distracted by the Fool’s perilous health, and swept up against his will in the intrigues of the royal court, Fitz lets down his guard . . . and in a horrible instant, his world is undone and his beloved daughter stolen away by those who would use her as they had once sought to use the Fool—as a weapon.
But FitzChivalry Farseer is not without weapons of his own. An ancient magic still lives in his veins. And though he may have let his skills as royal assassin diminish over the years, such things, once learned, are not so easily forgotten.
Now enemies and friends alike are about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose.
Fool’s Quest is 768 ages long and is available for kindle for approximately $13.50, in hardback for approximately $17.00.
Lady Scribe’s Notes & Review:
I honestly forgot to preorder this book, but by some miracle, I found it shortly after its release. The first book in the Fitz and the Fool ruined me. I actually sat on the book for several hours before I had the courage to open it and start reading.
One thing I didn’t like about Book One of this trilogy is that it strayed to Bee’s perspective–something I found a bit off-putting. I read these novels for Fitz. While Bee is present as a POV character, I found her presence did compliment it better than before.
I was relieved to discover Fool’s Quest fit the previous trilogies far better than the first book of this set did. While there were punches in Fitz’s direction–and many of them–it was a good comeback for Fitz, returning to the characters I know and love. What made Fitz shine is present here, far more than it was in book one, and I love this novel for it.
The ending annoyed me, but so long as the next book isn’t two or three or six years in the making, I’ll live.
It’s a good addition to the trilogy of trilogies, and I am really looking forward to the final volume–and hopefully a real resolution to Fitz’s story. While I love Fitz, I may scream if there is a fourth trilogy.
P.S.: Robin Hobb once again proves she loves tormenting Fitz. Reading this was emotionally exhausting, because he simply never gets any breaks. Every time something good might happen, I simply know it’s a set up for something even worse happening.
If book three doesn’t give Fitz a bone, I may ultimately end up taking a bottle of wine to the corner. Fitz, in my dreams, I give you nice things–and I don’t take them away.