i am in love with fitz and the fool | series review

the tawny man trilogy by robin hobb

Series Rating: ★★★★★

Within the series: Fool’s Errand (#1), The Golden Fool (#2), Fool’s Fate (#3)

This trilogy reunites readers with FitzChivalry Farseer and his story, picking up where the Farseer Trilogy left off. This time around, his adventures are filled with some familiar faces and some new ones, much political intrigue, magic, majestic creatures and their mysterious history, and fulfilling visions of a certain White Prophet.

Recommended if you like:

  • Character dynamics that rip your heart out and stomp on it
  • Slow, politics-driven plots with adventure interspersed
  • Rich, descriptive writing
  • ROBIN HOBB AND HER BRILLIANCE

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Be warned!

Instead of my usual Spoiler-Free review, today I’m writing a Spoiler-FILLED review. You got it, folks! The review below is absolutely fiiiilled with spoilers. We’ve gotten to the point in this series where it’s very hard to describe anything (other than the synopsis I gave above) without giving away some spoilers for the previous books. I’ll try to keep the spoilers for the Tawny Man trilogy to a minimum, but I do have a lot to squeal over.

So, if you don’t mind being spoiled, read on! If you’d rather avoid spoilers…see ya later.

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My Spoiler-FILLED Review

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WHERE TO EVEN BEGIN with this trilogy.

I have so much to say that it seems quite impossible to cover it all.

Simply put: THIS TRILOGY WAS A DELIGHT.

I had such high hopes going into this, and quite overwhelmingly, these books did not disappoint. They lived up to the hype! I think I might be a Robin Hobb fan for life after reading this trilogy.

I’m still hesitant to say that for sure because I still have 7 books left to read, and I’m VERY scared of how this series is going to end. We’ll see.

So, the Tawny Man trilogy! These three books are all about Fitz as a grown man. He’s been living basically as a recluse for 15 years, and his only interaction with the life he once knew is Starling, who visits him occasionally over the years. But, as you might have guessed, that changes in this trilogy! Fitz gets a few unexpected visitors to his little cottage, and soon starts to wonder if he really is ready to leave behind the life he once knew, and if this quiet life he now leads is enough for him.

He grapples with this idea as the trilogy goes on, and I won’t go into specifics, but rest assured that he does re-immerse himself into the Farseer world at Buckkeep in some way, though not as FitzChivalry Farseer. One of my favorite parts in Fool’s Errand, book 1, was reading about Fitz reentering this world, seeing all the changes and reuniting with familiar faces–and meeting some new ones. Robin Hobb knows how to perfectly write aching, angsty relationships, and Fitz has a lot of them at this point. There are so many moments when things go unsaid, but as the reader, you know how Fitz is feeling and how much is going on beneath the surface of his tumultuous and complicated relationships.

Fitz himself is also such an excellent character in this trilogy. Many readers, myself included, found Fitz intolerable at some points in the Farseer trilogy. That old Fitz is gone, THANK GOODNESS. He’s now a mature man, he’s learned from some of the mistakes of his past, yet he’s still such an interesting character, grappling with more mature problems and also some of the same things he struggled with as a kid. By the end of this trilogy in particular, he feels like such a dear friend to the reader, you just don’t want to stop reading so you can know how his story will end.

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Another excellent character is the Fool–though I won’t say much about him because of spoilers. BUT just know that I LIVE for scenes between Fitz and the Fool, they made me DIE and CRY and LAUGH and squeal with happiness throughout this trilogy. I seriously can’t wait to read more of them with the final trilogy of this series. There’s something special about them.

As far as plot, I thought these three books were individually a bit of a mixed bag, but when put together, quite perfect. Fool’s Errand, book 1, is a great reintroduction to the world, spending a good amount of time setting things up but also including a fun and thrilling adventure in the second half of the book. The Golden Fool, book 2, was where things faltered a bit. This book was heavy on the politics, and tons of important stuff happened, but there wasn’t as much action and adventure. I couldn’t put the book down because I was so totally sucked in, but it was one of those books that when I finished, I thought, “So…what even happened in this book again?!”

The final book, Fool’s Fate, completely makes up for that, though. This book is seriously so great, and I understand now why so many reviewers raved about this one in particular. It has the perfect balance of politics and action, character and relationship developments, world building and journeying to new parts of the world, mystery and adventure, loss and pain, happiness and resolution, and SO MUCH MORE. It’s a long one, but it was an incredible ride. I had a major book hangover after I finished it, and nothing has seemed quite as wonderful a read since.

Overall, this trilogy was a true delight. Robin Hobb’s writing really shines here because she manages to culminate her depth of characters, descriptive writing, political intrigues, and epic adventures all into one exceptional story. I think these three definitely need to be consumed as one, and also definitely need to be preceded by the Farseer trilogy, and probably also the Liveship Traders trilogy. It’s a lot of pages to get through, but all that build-up really does lead to a wonderful, amazing, payoff.

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Please tell me I’m not alone with falling head over heels with Fitz and the Fool!? Has anyone ever read a more perfect character dynamic?

But really, if you have any suggestions of similar writing or character dynamics, comment below, because I’ve realized I’m a total sucker for angsty, intimate relationships like this.

Until next time,
Brianne

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