Review: Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb

foolquestSeries: The Fitz and the Fool #2
Published by: Harper Voyager
ISBN: 0553392921
ISBN 13: 9780553392920
Published: August 2015
Pages: 768
Format reviewed: eVersion from NetGalley
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Lists: Favourites and Recommended
Related Reviews: Fool’s Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool #1)

‘Fool’s Quest’ by Robin Hobb is the second in her latest trilogy, ‘The Fitz and The Fool’, slated to be released in August, 2015. It’s been almost twenty years since Robin Hobb first released Fitz and the Fool into the world in Assassin’s Apprentice, and including this we now have fifteen books set in the same world – each more compelling than the last. As we saw in the first book, Fitz is now older and mostly known as quiet Tom Badgerlock, married to his childhood love Molly, and rarely bothered by the royal family he’s literally given his life for in the past.

Hobb has a light and masterful touch with her writing, hinting past things to a reader who could have been with her for as long as twenty years already as stated previously, and so she lightly prods you with gentle reminders of things from past plots or characters, some who’ve left Fitz/Tom quite a while ago. Fool, as ever, has lasted with him though and together again, despite the awful happenings in the first book of this series, it’s beyond amazing to see them together again. Even if, Hobb, being as lovely as she appears to be, is unspeakably harsh to our beloved characters in ways we couldn’t even consider – always too distracted by how happy we are to be with our characters again!

As the first book is not standalone, this second in the series certainly is not either – and that’s a good thing. Reader, if you want to read this book, you’ll absolutely adore the rest – pick them all up at once and book yourself a full week of no distractions, and set yourself up on an IV or something as you won’t want to move. With his daughter now lost and the Fool to contend with in his own ways (as we saw in the first book), and the distractions of his family and his wearisome demand to serve them, poor Fitz has nothing but hardship and heartbreak awaiting for him in these next 700 pages. As ever, the relationship between Fitz and Fool is an utter masterpiece, and upon that, I am now ruined until August 2016 until I get my hands on the third book.


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