Fool's Quest (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #2)

Fool's Quest (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #2)

by Robin Hobb

NOOK Book(eBook)

$8.99
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED AND THE INDEPENDENT • Ranking alongside George R. R. Martin as a groundbreaking master of fantasy, Robin Hobb delivers the second book in her long-awaited Fitz and the Fool trilogy.

The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend the Fool continue in Robin Hobb’s triumphant follow-up to Fool’s Assassin. But Fool’s Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world—a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

Long ago, Fitz and the Fool changed the world, bringing back the magic of dragons and securing both the Farseer succession and the stability of the kingdom. Or so they thought. But now the Fool is near death, maimed by mysterious pale-skinned figures whose plans for world domination hinge upon the powers the Fool may share with Fitz’s own daughter. 

Distracted by the Fool’s perilous health, and swept up against his will in the intrigues of the royal court, Fitz lets down his guard . . . and in a horrible instant, his world is undone and his beloved daughter stolen away by those who would use her as they had once sought to use the Fool—as a weapon.

But FitzChivalry Farseer is not without weapons of his own. An ancient magic still lives in his veins. And though he may have let his skills as royal assassin diminish over the years, such things, once learned, are not so easily forgotten.

Now enemies and friends alike are about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose.

Praise for Fool’s Quest

“A complex tapestry of adventure, betrayal, destiny, and unrelenting peril . . . Hobb’s expertise is evident as always.”Publishers Weekly

“Glorious and beautiful storytelling . . . Hobb lets rip with revelations, treachery, vengeance, sword fights and full on magical mayhem.”SciFiNow

“If readers have any doubt that Robin Hobb is one of the finest writers in the fantasy genre, then they haven’t read any of her work.”—SFFWorld

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553392937
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Fitz and the Fool Trilogy Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 16,570
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, the Soldier Son Trilogy, and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She is a native of Washington State.

Read an Excerpt

Winterfest Eve at Buckkeep

I am warm and safe in the den, with my two siblings. They are both heartier and stronger than I am. Born last, I am smallest of all. My eyes were slow to open, and I have been the least adventurous of the cubs. Both my brother and my sister have dared, more than once, to follow my mother to the mouth of the den dug deep in the undercut bank of the river. Each time, she has snarled and snapped at them, driving them back. She leaves us alone when she goes out to hunt. There should be a wolf to watch over us, a younger member of the pack who remains with us. But my mother is all that is left of the pack, and so she must go out to hunt alone and we must stay where she leaves us.

There is a day when she shakes free of us, long before we have had enough of her milk. She leaves us, going to the hunt, departing the den as evening starts to creep across the land. We hear from her a single yelp. That is all.

My brother, the largest of us, is filled with both fear and curiosity. He whines loudly, trying to call her back to us, but there is no response. He starts to go to the entrance of the den and my sister follows him, but in a moment they come scrabbling back to hunker down in fear beside me. There are strange smells right outside the den, bad smells, blood and creatures unknown to us. As we hide and whimper, the blood-­smell grows stronger. We do the only thing we know to do. We hunch and huddle against the far back wall.

We hear sounds. Something that is not paws digs at the mouth of our den. It sounds like a large tooth biting into the earth, biting and tearing, biting and tearing. We hunch even deeper and my brother’s hackles rise. We hear sounds and we know there is more than one creature outside. The blood-­smell thickens and is mingled with the smell of our mother. The digging noises go on.

Then there is another smell. In years to come I will know what it is, but in the dream it is not smoke. It is a smell that none of us understands, and it comes in driven wafts into the den. We cry, for it stings our eyes and sucks the breath from our lungs. The den becomes hot and airless and finally my brother crawls toward the opening. We hear his wild yelping, and how it continues, and then there is the stink of fear-­piss. My sister huddles behind me, getting smaller and stiller. And then she is not breathing or hiding anymore. She is dead.

I sink down, my paws over my nose, my eyes blinded by the smoke. The digging noises go on and then something seizes me. I yelp and struggle, but it holds tight to my front leg and drags me from the den.

My mother is a hide and a bloody red carcass thrown to one side. My brother huddles in terror at the bottom of a cage in the back of a two-­wheeled cart. They fling me in beside him and then drag out my sister’s body. They are angry she is dead, and they kick her as if somehow their anger can make her feel pain now. Then, complaining of the cold and oncoming dark, they skin her and add her small hide to my mother’s. The two men climb onto the cart and whip up their mule, already speculating at the prices that wolf cubs will bring from the dog-­fighting markets. My mother’s and sister’s bloody hides fill my nose with the stench of death.

It is only the beginning of a torment that lasts for a lifetime. Some days we are fed and sometimes not. We are given no shelter from the rain. The only warmth is that of our own bodies as we huddle together. My brother, thin with worms, dies in a pit, thrown in to whet the ferocity of the fighting dogs. And then I am alone. They feed me offal and scraps or nothing at all. My feet become sore from pawing at the cage, my claws split and my muscles ache from confinement. They beat me and poke me to provoke me to hurl myself against bars I cannot break. They speak outside my cage of their plans to sell me for the fighting-­pits. I hear the words but I do not understand them.

I did understand the words. I spasmed awake, and for a moment everything was wrong, everything was foreign. I was huddled in a ball, shuddering, and my fur had been stripped away to bare skin and my legs were bent at the wrong angles and confined by something. My senses were as deadened as if I were wadded in a sack. All around me were the smells of those hated creatures. I bared my teeth and, snarling, fought my way out of my bonds.

Even after I landed on the floor, the blanket trailing after me and my body asserting that I was, indeed, one of those hated humans, I stared in confusion around the dark room. It felt as if it should be morning, but the floor beneath me was not the smooth oaken planks of my bedchamber, nor did the room smell as if it belonged to me. I came slowly to my feet, my eyes striving to adjust. My straining vision caught the blinking of tiny red eyes, and then translated them to the dying embers of a fire. In a fireplace.

As I felt my way across the chamber, the world fell into place around me. Chade’s old rooms at Buckkeep Castle emerged from the blackness when I poked at the embers and added a few sticks of wood. Numbly, I found fresh candles and kindled them, waking the room to its perpetual twilight. I looked around, letting my life catch up with me. I judged that the night had passed and that outside the thick and windowless walls, day had dawned. The dire events of the previous day—­how I had nearly killed the Fool, left my child in the charge of folk I did not fully trust, and then dangerously drained Riddle of Skill-­strength to bring the Fool to Buckkeep—­rushed over me in a sweeping tide. They met the engulfing memories of all the evenings and nights I’d spent in this windowless chamber, learning the skills and secrets of being the king’s assassin. When finally the sticks caught flame, enriching the thin candlelight in the room, I felt as if I had made a long journey to return to myself. The wolf’s dream of his horrific captivity was fading. I wondered briefly why it had come back with such intensity, and then let it go. Nighteyes, my wolf, my brother, was long gone from this world. The echoes of him lived on in my mind, my heart, and my memories, but in what I faced now, he was no longer at my back. I stood alone.

Except for the Fool. My friend had returned to me. Battered, beaten, and possibly not in his right mind, but at my side again. I held a candle high and ventured back to the bed we had shared.

The Fool was still deeply asleep. He looked terrible. The marks of torture were written on his scarred face; hardship and starvation had chapped and chafed his skin and thinned his hair to broken straw. Even so, he looked better than when first I had seen him. He was clean and fed and warm. And his even breathing was that of a man given a fresh infusion of strength. I wished I could say I had given it to him. All unwitting, I had stolen strength from Riddle and passed it to my friend during our Skill-­passage through the standing stones. I regretted how I had abused Riddle in my ignorance but I could not deny the relief I felt to hear the Fool’s steady breathing. Last night he had had the strength to talk with me and he had walked a bit, bathed himself, and eaten a meal. That was far more than I would have expected of the battered beggar I had first seen.

But borrowed strength is not true strength. The hasty Skill-­healing I’d practiced had robbed him of his scanty physical reserves, and the vitality I had stolen from Riddle could not long sustain the Fool. I hoped the food and rest he had taken yesterday had begun to rebuild his body. I watched him sleeping so deeply and dared to hope he would live. Moving softly, I picked up the bedding I had dragged to the floor in my fall and arranged it warmly around him.

He was so changed. He had been a man who loved beauty in all its forms. His tailored garments, the ornaments in his chambers, the hangings for his bed and windows, even the tie that had held back his immaculately groomed hair had all been chosen with harmony and fashion in mind. But that man was gone. He had come back to me as a ragbag scarecrow. The flesh of his face had fallen to skin-­coated bones. Battered, blinded, wearing the scars of torture, the Fool had been so transformed by hardship that I hadn’t recognized him. Gone was the lithe and limber jester with the mocking smile. Gone, too, elegant Lord Golden with his fine clothes and aristocratic ways. I was left with this cadaverous wretch.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Fool's Quest 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The levels of emotion portrayed and communicated were astounding and passionate. So wrapped up in the story, was I, that I felt I could see through Fitz's eyes. The only bad thing I can say of this book is that it ended. Robin Hobb, please don't dawdle on the third installment of The Fitz and the Fool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only complaint is that the book isn't 700 pages longer. I suppose I'll have to start showering and eating again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved book 2, and am very sad that I now have to wait a year for book 3. But Fitz and the Fool... oh how I have missed them. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hobbs work is lyrical, sensitive and gripping. Her stories continue to be woven skillfully together and characters grow in unpredictable ways. I love Fitz and Bee. I cannot believe I have to wait until March to find out how it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING read. ...and I'm a snob, fyi. (Erikson, Abercrombie, RR Martin)
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Epic, wonderful, tragic. What a story. I can't wait to read the final book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entire Series has kept me enthralled. Robin Hobb has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I'll be going crazy till next month when the new book comes out.
Kratos1 More than 1 year ago
What a great story and great author! I really enjoyed both books in this trilogy so far, I agree that I'm sorta disappointed that I have to wait for the conclusion! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and have warmed to them entirely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really excellent. Book 1 didn't seem amazing and I was so frustrated with Fitz' willful blindness to so many things. All is forgiven with book 2! Can't wait for 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE all of the books in this series. I get so immersed in this story. I would recommend all of Robin Hobb's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MadelineEM More than 1 year ago
{I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.} I completely stumbled upon Robin Hobb's Farseer books when I started using the Overdrive app through my library. I listened to the Assassin's Apprentice and quickly worked my way through the rest of that trilogy. Hobb has built a rich universe with complicated and diverse characters, all with a little magic, humor, and sarcasm thrown in. The intricate plot with twists and turns only continues in Fool's Quest, the second book in the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. The Farseers are a family that passes magical skills through the generations and rules the Six Duchies. The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy is the third from Hobb set in this universe, so you'll want to start with The Farseer Trilogy, then The Tawny Man Trilogy, though you could pick up this series and read it on its own, as well. In this installment, we find FitzChivalry Farseer struggling with who he has become in a world that wants more from him than he is willing to give. He has to find a way to protect all of those he loves, but can't seem to find a way to do so without sacrificing himself and reliving the mistakes and tragedies of his past. I read this book with rapt attention, wanting Fitz to find his way and somehow reach some peace and safety. After all these books, I still feel completely invested in these characters and respect the writing that maintains and fosters that connection. By the way, this book really got me into some trouble. Before I could read Fool's Quest, I had to read Fool's Assassin, the first in the series. 600 pages later, I was ready to dive into the book I had promised to review. Then I realized there was a whole other series in between the one I recently finished in this universe. The Farseer Trilogy, and the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. It's called The Tawny Man Trilogy. So now I'm in for another 2,228 pages (688, 723, and 817 pages, respectively), plus the third in the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy whenever it comes out. Let me tell you, dear reader, this is a good problem to have. 4/5 Stars
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
All hail Robin Hobb Queen writer of fantasy! Seriously this book was so amazing good that I now sit here writing and knowing that I will never be able to put down it words how fantastic the book is. For everyone that has read Rob Hobb before and not yet read this book or the one before will I say that you will love this series, the books just keep getting better and better and Hobb still knows how to surprise her readers. To those that have never Read a Hobb book, do it, hell do it even if you are not a fantasy fan. They are well written, the story will pull you in completely. Just start with The Farseer trilogy of course, always best to start from the beginning. Anyway this book is better than the first book in The Fitz and the Fool trilogy, but that doesn't make the first book bad, this one just have a lot more action it, more going ones, more Fool. And, having Fitz and the Fool reunited again was just was marvelous as in Fool's Errand (first book in the Tawny Man trilogy) when they met again after several years apart. This book story continue the story from the first book with the Fool hurt and dying and Fitz tries to save him, but it seems futile, but you should never say never and solutions can show up where you least expect them. And, little Bee, Fitz daughter has been taken, but it will take some time for Fitz to know that, but when he does, then he will do everything in his power to get his daughter back and punish the bad people behind the kidnapping. This book is around 750 pages long, but it could have been twice as many pages because it is so good, it is never boring, the pace is just perfect, not a single thing that happens in the book is boring, no skimming of the text, hell there are moments when I had to reread sentence because they are so good written and they go straight to my heart. I loved this book. I have lived with the story, with Fitz and the Fool and the rest of the characters for a couple of days and now I have to leave it for a while and it is almost painful to not have more to read. Luckily for me, I still have some books written by Hobb that I still haven't read, alas no Fitz and Fool book waiting, but I can always reread the earlier books with them if I want to.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
After loving Robin Hobb for so long, I kept thinking there’d come a point where her work would stop dazzling me at every turn. That maybe I’d get used to it or something. What I didn’t expect was to love her more and more with every book, and Fool’s Quest was one of her best yet! After following Fitz’ journey for eight books now, I am at the point in the story where every minute revelation about the characters or the world (and the history and magic within it) strikes me as profound. I find myself completely immersed in the pages, eagerly seeking my next discovery – discoveries that percolate in my brain and keep me thinking about them months, even years later. But that’s just the kind of brilliant storyteller Robin Hobb is. I remember with the same vivid clarity things that happened in the first trilogy as I do those that happened within the last book. The ending of Fool’s Fate rocked my world so much, it’s partially responsible for why I started a book blog (I just HAD to talk about it). I think part of the reason these books have such an impact is the culmination of story. What made Fool’s Quest so profound is that it finally converged Fitz’ tale with Hobb’s other stories (Liveship & Rain Wild) that were only on the periphery up until this point – and it was AWESOME in the truest sense of the word. It’s as if all that came before was one long buildup to this brilliant moment where everything finally converges… AND THEN THE BOOK ENDED!!! And I’m on the floor sobbing because I have to wait another year to experience the final book in the trilogy. What makes these books hard to wait for is what also makes them so special to me. They evoke real emotion and a sense of love and loss that is almost unparalleled by anything else I’ve ever read. Hobb continues to make a very compelling case to claim the spot as my favorite author. When I think about my reading experience, I’m always grateful for her books and how they’ve shaped me as a reader, reviewer, and writer. Overall, if you like fantasy, I consider Hobb a must-read. The slow pacing of her stories allows you to savor every moment and become completely immersed in this world and these characters. I always come away with a fulfilled sense of having lived another life. I can’t help but recommend them as often as I can – start with Assassin’s Apprentice, you won’t regret it! Niki Hawkes – The Obsessive Bookseller
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome as always!
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
"Review: Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #2: Fool's Quest"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down . Wonderful As always leaves you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It did drag a bit in the middle of the story, but it's a good read and worth buying. It was nice seeing many old characters again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When will the next book be available ?