Golden Fool takes the foundation that Fool’s Errand establishes and just adds so much more in a familiar setting that any Hobb fan would be happy in, Buckkeep Castle. It is difficult to tell what this book is about without spoiling other Robin Hobb books but suffice to say that there is a greater emphasis on the Wit, the magic that allows people to commune with animals, and also foreign relations. The Six Duchies is establishing itself in a world as a powerful ally and other kingdoms are now trying to form an alliance with them. This is very much a court focused book about secrets and who knows other’s secrets.
What makes this book special in the Realm of the Elderlings Series is that we really get a sense of Fitz’s issue with secrecy. Fitz has so many relationships with people but each person has a different level of friendship and information about Fitz and the truth. This creates a great dynamic where Fitz must constantly be on his toes so that people don’t find out too much about him. When each character has a different degree of secrets with each other, the conflicts pop up when characters learn information that has been withheld from each other. I love these type of plots because it is character conflicts that really showcase the strength of Hobb’s characterization.
I thought the plot of this book was much stronger than the plot in Fool’s Errand and it was just overall a more complex and stronger book. Even though I really liked this book a ton, there was nothing in this book that really excited me all that much. There was one scene that was amazing, as two characters confronted each other about the secrets they held, but that was the only truly spectacular scene.
The extra characters that are added in this trilogy are great and I’m so happy to have new blood in this saga. This trilogy really feels like one really long book, as the sequence of events picks up immediately at the end of the previous book. I am definitely enjoying the older and wiser Fitz, but I also appreciate the new, younger blood that has been added to this story.
The pay off from reading The Liveship Trader Trilogy is fantastic in this book and the highlight of the book for me. The third book in this Tawny Man Trilogy, Fool’s Fate is going to be epic, as so many story arcs come together, and hard choices must be made. A very strong book that does everything great but nothing that makes it stand out as a 5 star book.
4/5 20/25 Possible Score
Plot – 4(Strong)
Characters – 4(Strong)
Setting/World Building – 4(Strong)
Writing Style – 4(Strong)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 4(Strong)