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Golden Fool (The Tawny Man, Book 2) Hardcover – January 1, 2003
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Now, in Book 2 of her most stunning trilogy yet, Hobb continues the soul-shattering tale of FitzChivalry Farseer. With rich characters, breathtaking magic, and sweeping action, Golden Fool brings the reluctant adventurer further into the fray in an epic of sacrifice, salvation, and untold treachery.
Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. But for FitzChivalry Farseer, a return to isolation is impossible. Though gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, Nighteyes, Fitz must take up residence at Buckkeep and resume his tasks as Chade’s apprentice assassin. Posing as Tom Badgerlock, bodyguard to Lord Golden, FitzChivalry becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls. And with his old mentor failing visibly, Fitz is forced to take on more burdens as he attempts to guide a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day.
The problems are legion. Prince Dutiful’s betrothal to the Narcheska Elliania of the Out Islands is fraught with tension, and the Narcheska herself appears to be hiding an array of secrets. Then, amid Piebald threats and the increasing persecution of the Witted, FitzChivalry must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret—a secret that could topple the Farseer throne: that he, like Fitz, possesses the dread “beast magic.”
Meanwhile, FitzChivalry must impart to the Prince his limited knowledge of the Skill: the hereditary and addictive magic of the Farseers. In the process, they discover within Buckkeep one who has a wild and powerful talent for it, and whose enmity for Fitz may have disastrous consequences for all.
Only Fitz’s enduring friendship with the Fool brings him any solace. But even that is shattered when unexpected visitors from Bingtown reveal devastating secrets from the Fool’s past. Now, bereft of support and adrift in intrigue, Fitz’s biggest challenge may be simply to survive the inescapable and violent path that fate has laid out for him.
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- Publisher : Spectra; First Edition (January 1, 2003)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553801511
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553801514
- Item Weight : 1.85 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.75 x 9.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #435,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm afraid since then, having read the liveship trilogy and now tawny man, that I am again, cast adrift. I'm afraid to look at the Farseer trilogy any more, because I don't know if Hobb got worse, or my idea of a good novel simply changed.
Fitz is a character I feel Hobb tries to make you feel sympathy for as a flawed human, but it comes across as fishing for compliments. He's somewhat pathetic, constantly complaining about things that he has the biggest hand in. Are people really like that? Sure. But as the main protagonist, it's droll. I find the story from his perspective to be positively annoying. Hobb spends an inordinately large amount of time detailing inane things like taking a bath, but the parts that move the plot are done so quickly, or EVEN WORSE, some other character reports to Fitz what happened, and the event is not even detailed with the color or that other character's language. It's summarized by Fitz. This happens so often it actually makes me angry. I don't mind the daily life descriptions in fantasy novels. I think they are great ways to flavor the world of your story. But to make them a larger part of the text on your page is frustrating.
Hobb tries to make the reader believe certain things about other characters by having Fitz repeat over and over again what qualities Hobb wants you to believe they have. But without actually seeing those things, it comes across as hollow. The greatest example of this is his every word about Kettaricken. Kettaricken could be a stuffed animal that fitz keeps saying is so brave and strong, and I would feel the same way towards it as I do to the living breathing Kettaricken character. But there are others. Like Nettle. We get all these reports that she just cries all the time. Yet when we actually interact with us she seems capable, if naive. Also, why exactly does Hobb like to make her female characters known as criers so much?
Pale woman is 2D, boring antagonist. Why the Narwhal clan would think killing a dragon for her JUST for the ability to kill their forged family members is a good idea is beyond me. Hobb as Fitz didn't make a very good case for it, and neither did anyone else. Nothing suggested she'd stop preying on the clan once the dragon was dead. Even worse, nobody made the case that marrying the Narcheska from one hobbling clan in the outislands would be a good idea at all to the Six duchies. Didn't stop so-called master advisor Chade from being obsessed with completing it.
Ugh. I need to stop this review. It makes me sad.
I don't know what I'm going to do when it's over. It's going to be a very depressing and empty feeling!
I had to force myself through the book, and while doing so I couldn't get the "Woe as me" mentality out of my head. Every character with the exception of two suddenly seem to have reduced themselves to pouty children who have lost all sense of independence and maturity. Always bemoaning how bad they're treated, how horrible their current lives are, or how poorly others act toward them, and often falling into petty arguments when a glaringly obvious solution is staring them right in the face. To make matters worse,the same characters spend too much time repeating the same arguments or temper tantrums in multiple chapters. The redundancy is grueling. The main character seems to act less mature than he was in Assassin's Apprentice, when he was a child and expected to act immaturely. Many other supporting characters seem to devolve as well.
So why do I give it 3 stars if I seemingly didn't enjoy the book? I suppose the series as a whole probably influences my reluctance to give it less. As well there are a few nuggets of interesting reading, and I can't fault the author's writing. Oddly, while the book does have its merits, the story itself is just "blah".
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It's sad that a certain character isn't in this one but they're never forgotten.
Fitz continues to try to build a coterie for the Prince, Dutiful, and a quest is born- one that will take place in book 3.
Brilliant novel, the only downside is now I have to read the last one and then the trilogy is over!
This is a richly-realised world with just enough fantasy to be interesting without making it impossible to relate. The characters are complex, often frustrating, but the overall experience is that you genuinely care about them and feel like you understand their motives.
This is one of the best modern fantasy series in my opinion, up there with Stephen King's Dark Tower series in terms of scope and imagination.
The final quarter of the book is concerned with setting the story up for the final book.
However, the characterisation is superb.
The Fool is intriquing, to say the least. Just when you have him 'sussed', there is another twist - no wonder Fitz is confused!
Chade has become totally confused; Thick could become just anything at all and Nettle is a tale still to be told. How proud Verity would have been of Kettricken - she's a real star, intelligent and perceptive as well as classically beautiful. I hope the story ends well for her.
I have already purchased to final book and am fascinated to read how the story ends. Its not often I read 6 books by one author in sequence. I've enjoyed these very much.