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Fool's Errand (Tawny Man #1) by Robin Hobb
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Hooray! I missed Fitz. While this story doesn't continue on directly from the last of the assassin novels, we find Fitz living as a hermit in the countryside, with an ageing Nighteyes beginning to dwell on his own mortality. But after 15 yrs, the Fool returns; to again thrust them beneath the wheels of time, and jostle it toward a better path. Times really have changed. King Verity never returned from the Red Ship wars, and his foreign wife has struggled to unite the fractious Duchies. She is waiting for her son to assume the mantle of ‘King in Waiting’, and settle the restless nobles. Unfortunately, someone has seen the awakening of Wit in the young Prince Dutiful, and lured him astray with the help of a ‘wit beast’. The Fool, and Chade, for differing reasons, each ask for Fitz's help – and with pack obligations deciding it, he and Nighteyes return to the intrigue and plotting of the Farseer court. This book is like finding cold chicken in the fridge when you're hungry at midnight – astonishingly satisfying… bring it on!

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When Assassin's Quest closed, Fitz was living in self-imposed exile. Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon. Now, in this the first of a new trilogy, we are returned to the world of the Six Duchies and the lives of those who managed to survive the events of the first Assassin trilogy. Fifteen years have passed and events are about to sweep Fitz out of his quiet backwater life and into the main political current again. Persecution of the Witted has become rampant throughout the Six Duchies despite Queen Kettricken's effort to damp it. The Witted themselves have begun to strike back. So when 15 year old Prince Dutiful disappears, is it only because he is nervous about his betrothal ceremony to an Outislander princess, or has he been taken hostage by the Witted? Worse, is he perhaps another 'Piebald Prince', a Farseer tainted by Wit magic? As the desperate situation worsens, Kettricken has no choice but to summon Fitz to Buckkeep, for who better to track the young prince down than another gifted with the Wit, together with his bonded companion, the wolf Nighteyes?

Author Biography

Robin Hobb was born in California in 1952 and majored in Communications at Denver University, Colorado. Assassin's Apprentice was her first novel, and was followed by the equally successful Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest. She lives outside Seattle, Washington.
Release date NZ
October 7th, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
24 illustrations
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