Fool's Errand



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“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin 

For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz’s mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny.
Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished. Fitz, 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 will be tested to the breaking point.

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1/7/2023 4:36 am

Buy nice tissues, or splurge on a quality handkerchief

by Derri

I was sent a gift of a personalized signed copy. It arrived in New Zealand in IMPECCABLE condition, and I thoroughly enjoyed my 22nd read.
<br>If you haven't read the earlier Farseer trilogy, I STRONGLY recommend beginning there. If you haven't read the Liveship Traders, it's not quite as dire (you'll simply be missing a brilliant trilogy).
<br>Fool's Errand picks up fifteen years after the closing events in Assassin's Quest. If you've read this far in RoTE, you'll be delighted to catch up with Fitz and Nighteyes. The times are changing, and so there's opportunity to alter the direction of the futures Fool can see. All of which means Fitz will be prized out of his peaceful life, to once more be cast into the path of the oncoming events.
<br>There is no denying I'm biased, and of all sixteen entries, this is the one I love the most. It's emotionally compelling story telling at it's best, and I defy anyone to read this and not sob.