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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; New edition edition (3 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007160399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007160396
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Hobb is a New York Times best-selling fantasy author. She is published in English in the US, UK and Australia, and her works have been widely translated. Her short stories have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, as well as winning the Asimov's Readers Award. Her best known series is The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest.)

Robin Hobb was born in Oakland California, but grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has spent her life mostly in the Pacific Nortwest region of the US, and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington State, with her husband Fred. They have four grown offspring, and six grandchildren.

Robin Hobb is a pen name for Margaret Ogden. She has also written under the name Megan Lindholm.

She published her first short story for children when she was 18,and for some years wrote as a journalist and children's writer. Her stories for children were published in magazines such as Humpty Dumpty's Magazine for Little Children, Jack & Jill and Highlights for Children. She also created educational reading material for children for a programmed reading series by SRA (Science Research Associates.) She received a grant award from the Alaska State Council on the arts for her short story "The Poaching", published in Finding Our Boundaries in 1980.

Fantasy and Science Fiction had always been her two favorite genres, and in the late 70's she began to write in them. Her initial works were published in small press 'fanzines' such as Space and Time (editor Gordon Linzner). Her first professionally published story was "Bones for Dulath" that appeared in the Ace anthology AMAZONS!, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson in 1979. A short time later, a second Ki and Vandien story entitled The Small One was published in FANTASTIC in 1980.

During that time period, she and her family had moved from Alaska to Hawaii, and subsequently to Washington State, where they settled. She had various money making occupations (waitress, salesperson, etc.) while striving with her writing. Her husband Fred continued to fish Alaskan waters and was home only about 3 months out of every year. The family lived on a small farm in rural Roy where they raised lots of vegetables, chickens, ducks, geese and other small livestock.

In 1983, her first novel, Harpy's Flight, was published by Ace under the pen name Megan Lindholm. Her later titles under that name included Wizard of the Pigeons, Alien Earth, Luck of the Wheels, and Cloven Hooves.

In 1995, she launched her best selling series of books set in the Realm of the Elderlings. At that time, she began writing as Robin Hobb. Her first trilogy of books were about her popular characters, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool. The Farseer Trilogy is comprised of Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest. These books were followed by The Liveship Traders trilogy, set in the same world. The Tawny Man trilogy returned to the tale of Fitz and the Fool. Most recently, the four volumes of the Rain Wilds Chronicles were published: Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons.

In 2013, it was announced that she would return to her best-loved characters with a new trilogy, The Fitz and the Fool trilogy. The first volume, Fool's Assassin, will be published in August of 2014.

Other works as Robin Hobb include The Soldier Son trilogy and short stories published in various anthologies. A collection of her shorter works as both Lindholm and Hobb is available in The Inheritance.

She continues to reside in Tacoma, Washington, with frequent visits to the pocket farm in Roy.

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The Golden Fool, the second volume of Robin Hobb's Tawny Man trilogy, is explicitly a sequel to both the Farseer and Liveship trilogies. The palace intrigues, which Fitz has found himself dragged back into, have as much to do with the politics of trade and conquest--the war between the Bingtown traders and their living ships and the theocratic bullies of Chalced--as with the oppression of the beast-speaking Witted by the majority and the terrorism of the Piebald faction among the Witted. Fitz has always been a deeply flawed hero--growing up as a royal bastard trained in assassination has not been good for his character--and his inability to understand how deeply he is loved upsets all the people around him.

One of Robin Hobb's strengths is her capacity to set up an interesting dialogue between metaphor and the literal; at both levels, The Golden Fool is a novel about moving through estrangement to reconciliation, about finding out the truth and then finding a way of living with it. This thoughtfulness means that, as always with Hobb, Fitz's role as tutor of a magically gifted prince, is as exciting as the book's occasional explosions of violence. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Praise for Robin Hobb:
Ship of Magic:
‘Promises to be a truly extraordinary saga… the characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea. If Patrick O’Brian were to turn to writing high fantasy, he might produce something like this.’ BOOKLIST

‘A wonderful book, written by a writer at the height of her abilities’ J V JONES

Assassin’s Quest:
‘Assassin’s Quest achieves a bittersweet, powerful complexity rare in fantasy’ LOCUS

‘An enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama’ KIRKUS REVIEWS

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. RCS Young on 15 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
First and foremost this book is a fabulous read. I was gripped from the very beginning and hugely enjoyed it. The other reviewers are correct in that this book does not move the story forward enormously but I think that it is a necessary scene setter. A large amount of characterisation is built up in this book including Chade's flagging influence on the queen and Fitz's rediscovery of his loyalty to the Farseer's. It also adds in some tantalising plot lines that needed this book in which to develop - the outislanders, the Bingtown traders and the Piebalds - all of which will doubtless be major factors in the final book.
Don't let other reviewers put you off reading this. Hobb's writing is wonderful and though not much happens in terms of battles and action, an amazing amount of plot is being set up and we see deeper than ever in to the characters that have made the Assassin series so riveting from the very first.
I for one am fascinated to see how the threads of these eight books (yes, the liveship traders are part of this too) are brought together in Fool's Fate.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Having read Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan I was looking for another fantasy writer to explore.Several reviewers suggested Robin Hobb and my thanks goes out to all of them .The Golden Fool is writing of the highest quality.It explores the strengths and weaknesses of the human condition with warmth and accuracy.I found myself laughing not because something was funny but due to the insight the writer lends to her characters.Unlike most fantasy writers her books are actually getting better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anyasco on 3 Dec. 2006
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The second in The Tawny Man trilogy, it has a bit more action than the first one. It rather frustrated me because of all the spying and not getting things out in the open and clear. But rather than making me want to put down the book, it drew me in and made me want to read it more, to get to the point where everything is clear. I think it mostly revolved around the different relationships between the characters, not totally like the first, but with more action.

All in all it's a great read, and highly recommended.
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After saving Prince Dutiful and helping to crush the Piebald uprising, any hopes Fitz has of returning to some kind of normality are quickly extinguished. His beloved companion Nighteyes is dead, a loss Fitz has to deal with privately and alone so not to reveal he has the Wit. Additionally, Dutiful's planned marriage to the Outislander princess Narcheska Elliania is nowhere near as straightforward as the Farseers hoped, with the princess suddenly adding a dangerous condition to the union - Dutiful must travel to the Outisland isle of Aslevjal and slay an ancient dragon called Icefyre before she will marry him.

Why this condition has suddenly been added is a mystery even to master of intrigue himself, Chade. But whatever the reason, Dutiful has agreed to this dangerous mission and now the need for Prince Dutiful to have his own Skill coterie is even more urgent. Consequently Fitz agrees to become Skillmaster, and in so doing finds highly unexpected Skill candidates in the most unlikeliest of circumstances.

The politics of Farseer court life is as complex as ever, with Chade having his finger in nearly every political pie as he tries to engineer events to the benefit of the Farseer throne. His main weapon in this is FitzChivalry, the Farseers chief spy and assassin, as well as protector to Dutiful. But all Fitz really longs for is the opportunity to pursue a normal way of life away from all these affairs of state, but being a Farseer himself, he always gets dragged back into the thick of things.

This book concentrates more on the complex political manoeuvring between the Farseers, the Outislanders, the Bingtown traders as well as the Witted 'Old Blood' folk whom Queen Kettricken is anxious to build bridges with.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2002
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While there have been comments made that this novel isn't meaty enough for the second book of the trilogy, I think that this novel provides an excellent counterpoint to the action packed first book.
Fitz and his relationship with all the major characters are examined, and through them the reader is able to see the changes in Fitz, which can be overlooked by the hectic action and more dire plot-lines of 'Fool's Errand'. In this novel Hobb allows the reader to see Fitz as a grown man who is taking control of his life, and the repercussions this has on his relationship with the people he knew and loved as a child.
These character developments go hand-in-hand with a great deal of action and intrigue, as the Piebalds are still lurking around, Dutiful must handle his betrothal to the enigmatic Narcheska, and Fitz must fit back into life at the court of his childhood in a very different role, while maintaining his promises to Dutiful.
The 'Golden Fool' is a very funny book, and knowledge of the Liveship Traders trilogy (by Hobb) is an asset due to the crossovers in characters that are starting to be introduced.
In summation, this is a beautifully written book, as all Hobb's books are, and is an exciting addition to the Farseer novels as it advances the characters and action while tempting the reader with the possibilities of the third book.
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