Best Fantasy Book for August 2015

Robin Hobb Cry Count

This is easily the most emotionally powerful book we’ve featured in 2015, and that’s saying something because 2015 has produced several amazingly intense works.

Title: Fool’s Quest (Fitz and the Fool #2)

Author: Robin Hobb

Release Date: 8/11/2015 (US)

Cover - Fools Quest - Medium
I have read countless fantasy books in my lifetime, and though my eyes have welled with tears (of joy and sadness) on several occasions I can only recall three instances when the story made me cry like an absolute baby.

It’s no coincidence that ALL THREE OF THOSE BOOKS were written by Robin Hobb.

With the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, Hobb somehow manages to bring back the feel of the original Farseer Trilogy, but with even greater complexity for our unfathomably loyal yet perpetually self-deprecating hero, FitzChivalry Farseer.  When experiencing the world through Fitz’s eyes I find myself invariably understanding his perspectives and decisions, and then feeling equally embarrassed when another character points out how self-centered or short-sighted the perspectives really were.  When Fitz makes a mistake I quite literally feel like I made the mistake right along with him.

As a final thought, having personally read Assasin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy Book #1) about 15 years ago when I was in a different stage if life, what I am particularly enjoying about Fitz and the Fool is the incredible satisfaction of watching one of my favorite fantasy characters also attempting to navigate a different stage of his own.

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Back Blurb from the Publisher:

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.


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