As with most of Robin Hobb’s tittles, I spend the majority of the read with my heart in my throat, and this book was no exception! Fool’s Quest is the second novel in the Fitz and the Fool series, and the continuation of Fitz and Bee’s suffering at the hands of the “Servants”, who clearly serve no- one but themselves.
In this second novel to the Fitz and the Fool series, the reason for the strange messengers appearing in Withywoods becomes more apparent. There are much bigger cogs turning than what is first perceived. The Fool has returned to his beloved Catalyst, and with him follows an incredible amount of trouble. Seeking aid for Beloved causes Fitz to separate from his daughter Bee, which provides the perfect opportunity for evil to strike, and they strike hard at that. Not only does Bee find herself kidnapped, she also finds that she is subject to frequent brutality.
It isn’t long before news of the savage attack on Withywoods, reaches Buck Keep and Fitz is forced to make some rash and risky decisions which begins the harrowing rescue of Bee. The Fool although brutalised believes Bee is the Unexpected Son told in prophecy, and vows to join Fitz on his journey not only to assist in the rescue but also assist in the destruction of the Servants of Clerres.
My most favourite parts of this novel has to be the conversations between Bee and Nighteyes. The pair make an almighty team that can withstand much and survive, even if Bee does use her “cows teeth” more effectively than Fitz ever had! Each interaction provides effortless humour, and this isn’t lost when the old wolfs spirit returns to Fitz either. The old wolf sarcasm and charm are inserted at just the right times, making this book brilliant.
Overall I believe Robin Hobb has created yet another masterpiece that quenches the thirst of her fanatical readers such as myself, thus being a most fantastic read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy fiction or to anyone who remotely has an imagination, as it easily will capture ones thoughts. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.