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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful world-spanning series., 19 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Fool's Errand (The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1): Book One of the Tawny Man: 1/3 (Paperback)
I've been reading Robin Hobb since she was Megan Lindholm (and now recognised as such); her early books were aimed at a younger audience, but had that certain appeal that set her apart from the run-of-the-mill authors.
The Six Duchy saga is on a different plane, appealing to a more mature audience who wish something to get their imaginations' teeth into, and she has done it again with the Tawny Man - although it doesn't seem like it during the first 1/3rd of the book ...
15 years have passed since Fitz's last adventure (he is now known as Tom), so the telling of this has to be done subtly, to avoid those boring resumes that we often get; the Fool too has changed in subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways and seems intent on being as manipulative as Chade.
The threads that are brought together during the latter part of the book promise an adventure just as good as the other 2, especially as we seem to be drawing both previous series to a common point (which may have been guessed at from the previous frontispiece maps).
There are many unanswered questions as well: who or what is the Fool & is it male or female? Where does Hap fit in? Starling is more than she appears; Why is the Fool's horse called Malta? Treasure Beach hints at another connection; Wit & Skill - same or different?
By the end of the book, one is left wondering which will be next - a further episode of Tawny Man, the Liveship Traders sequel, or a new series about the Out-Islanders?
Ms Hobb has fashioned one of the most believable worlds in modern fantasy - on a par with George RR Martin's Song of Ice & Fire - the characters are 3-dimensional, hidden traits appearing unexpectedly, and not all of them perfect, as so often happens in lesser tales.
I can't say much more without 'spoilers', so I leave it to you to persevere with the first part of the book, your persistance will be rewarded! *****
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