Fool's Quest

Fool's Quest
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First edition (US)
Author Robin Hobb
Cover artist Alejandro Colucci
Country United States
Language English
Series The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Voyager Books (UK)
Del Rey Books (US)
Publication date
11 August 2015
Media type Print (Hardback)
ISBN 978-0-00-744421-2
OCLC 919000626
Preceded by Fool's Assassin 
Followed by Assassin's Fate 

Fool's Quest is the second book[1] in the epic fantasy trilogy Fitz and the Fool, written by American author Robin Hobb. It was published by HarperCollins and released in August, 2015[2] and continues the story of FitzChivalry Farseer and his daughter Bee after the events of Fool's Assassin, published in 2014.

Plot summary

Fitz and Riddle and the Fool arrive at Buckkeep. Fitz has used too much of Riddle's strength and Nettle is furious. They cannot risk a Skill-healing for the Fool since he is too weak. They have arrived for Winterfest. Fitz is to play the part of a minor noble to explain his presence. He tries to heal the Fool as best he can. The Fool tells him how he returned to Clerras with Prillkop and that the Servants, the pale people who tend to While Prophets, are the ones who tortured him. They wanted him to tell them where the Unexpected Son was. The Fool thought they meant a son he was supposed to have, although the Fool knew of no such child.

Web asks Fitz to meet a crow who is not binded to any human, but is in danger having while feathers in her black ones. She can speak some words. Through Fitz, she meets the Fool and they connect. The Fool names her Motley. Fitz paints her white feathers black so that she can go out without being attacked by regular crows.

Chade has a new apprentice - Ash. Ash is very capable and both Fitz and the Fool grow to like him.

Eliannia recognizes Nettle and Riddle's unborn child and thinks it will be a girl. She wants to claim the child for her Motherhouse. In doing so, she recognizes Nettle as Fitz's daughter. In turn, Dutiful recognizes Fitz and he is crowned Prince FitzChivalry.

Fitz arrives back at Withywoods through the pillars. The staff do not remember what happened and do not remember Bee or Shun. per is the only one who knows what happened. The staff - including his own mother - do not recognize him. Chade and Thick arrive and they revive the staff's memory with elfbark tea. Everyone is even more upset. Trying to return to Chade reveals that both Lant and Shun (really named Shine) are both his children from different mothers.

Returning to Buckkeep, Chade is in very bad shape from the attack. The Fool is recovering. Ash has given him dragon blood which has turned his eyes gold. Fitz discovers Ash is really a girl - Spark - who can shift back and forth between being Ash and Spark, at Chade's encouragement.

Meanwhile, the Servants took Bee and Shun on a long journey. They make Shun and Bee tired and sleepy. Shun tells Bee to make sure they don't realize she is a girl, since they think she is a boy. Shun thinks that this is the only reason they are keeping Bee and Shun alive. Bee becomes very ill with a high fever and begins to shed her skin. She is whiter underneath. Elliak and his mercenaries figure out that the Servants are controlling them using Vindalier. They take Vindalier with them to town to test his powers and pillage. Once they get back to camp with all of their loot, they get drunk. Hogen, the handsome rapist, convinces Elliak to let him have one of the women. He gives him Odessa, one of the Servants. Shun realizes what is happening and drags Bee away. The two of them try to escape.

Fitz in the meantime is told by Chade, Dutiful and Nettle that they have figured out where Bee and Shine are. Soldiers are sent to intercept the Servants and their Chaldean mercenaries. Fitz decides not to wait and leave immediately on the horse he took be accident in the earlier book, Fleeter. He does not want to have her as a wit-partner, but Fleeter in very interested in having a relationship and converses with him. Riddle, Lant and Per catch up with Fitz, wanting to join him in finding Bee and Shun immediately. When they stop for the night, Fitz drugs them all and leaves. He and Fleeter catch up with the Servants. Motely the crow flies with them and tells Fitz there is "red snow" ahead. Fitz finds the Servants camp in disarray with many of the soldiers dead - apparently killed each other - some of the Servants dead and bee and Shun gone. Elliak and Hogen remain. Hogen is hurt and cannot see or hear Elliak. Fitz first subdues Elliak and tries to get him to tell him what happened, who hired him to kidnap Bee and what happened here. He is only partially successful and understands that Elliak agreed to follow the Servants and help them find the Unexpected Son for gold and in hope of regaining his status as heir to the Chaldean throne. Fitz then attacks and subdues Hogen, threatening to castrate him and gets him to explain the rest of what happened. It seems that when raping Odessa, Dwalia the leader of the luriks, tried to stop them. They attacked Dwalia and Vandalier became distressed. His panic spilled over into the camp, turning soldiers against each other.


  1. ^ Robin Hobb Novels Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ Fool's Quest: Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy: Robin Hobb: Books. ISBN 978-0-553-39292-0.

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