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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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By Kevin Stokes on 08-31-14
A solid fantasy story in first person
Fool's Errand is good story with excellent characters. The author handles the first person narrative deftly. This is my first Robin Hobb book, so the many references to other characters and stories upon which this series was based were unfamiliar to me, but none of them were crucial to enjoying the story.
The author has a nice balance between character study, plot, action and humor. Most of the funniest lines come from the wolf, and I thought the narrator did a great job voicing Night Eyes. Despite being the first book in a series, the book had a good finish which won't leave you feeling the book just stops so you need to buy the next one.
It felt a bit slow at the beginning, but I feel like that was important to the main character's arc.
This is a well written book which held my interest, and I will definitely be listening to more Robin Hobb in the future.
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By Holly Helscher on 09-21-14
Hobb is Golden
In this first book of the second trilogy of the Farseer saga, we walk into the self-imposed exiled life of FitzChilvary who is now known as Tom Badgerlock. He dreams of his Molly who is now happily married to another. He wonders where his beloved Fool is. And he has all but cut ties with the throne of Six Duchies and his mentor Chade. His wit bond wolf, Night Eyes, is still with him as is his adopted son, Hap. But he is never completely free of being needed by the monarchy and after fifteen years of a solitary life, his former life begins to encroach and he once again becomes the Catalyst.
Hobb carries us back into some details of the first trilogy and develops Fitz more. She also brings with it a new character - Prince Dutiful. She continues to carry us deeper into the magic of the Six Duchies and we are drawn back in much as Fitz is. As we are carried away into the newest plot to bring down the Farseer reign we once again become engrossed into the Six Duchies and its magic.
Hobb is an excellent story teller and we cannot help but love her characters. There are some exceptionally touching scenes and much emotion is stirred up within us because she develops the characters to the point where we become them.
Toward the end of this book I was in an airport and I texted my husband and wrote, "There are few things so embarrassing as to be in tears in an airport." The end of this book will bring you to these levels of emotion and the next thing you want to do is move right into the next book to see what happens next.
James Langton is an excellent narrator, but you do you have to get used to the Irish accent of Chade and the mispronunciation of some of the names of the characters. But these are small concessions to an otherwise good performance and excellent book.
37 of 39 people found this review helpful