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Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, Bk 2)
Royal Assassin - Farseer Trilogy, Bk 2
Author: Robin Hobb
Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and returns to the court where he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life. With the King near d...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553573411
ISBN-10: 0553573411
Publication Date: 2/3/1997
Pages: 675
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 353 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, Bk 2) on + 30 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I started this series with no great expectations. I now have high expectations for any other book by Robin Hobb. The first book of the series was great and this one continued with the storyline. I found the pacing odd but it worked with the story. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well written fantasy story. I am well into the 3rd book and hope to read more by this author.
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Helpful Score: 3
The second book in the Farseer Trilogy, it is just as gripping and easy to lose yourself in as the first. I didn't want it to end. You really must read these books!
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Helpful Score: 2
In this second volume of Hobb's 'Assassin' trilogy, matters progress from bad to worse. As FitzChivalry Farseer recovers from the near-fatal assassination attempt on him by Prince Regal, he begins to see that Buckkeep and the Six Duchies are falling apart around him. The Red-Ship Raiders grow ever more bold, and the vicious, amoral Forged Ones that the raiders somehow create from good citizens are growing to be ever more of a problem. King Shrewd is failing, wracked by illness - and drugs. In desperation, Prince Verity goes on a quest to seek the mythical Elderlings - and in his absence, Regal seizes yet more power, disregarding the woes of the nation and partying with pomp and ceremony. Fitz believes that the Duchies' decline may be all part of a plot designed by Regal - but his mentor, Chade, seems to think that his opinion may be based on his personal (although admittedly justified) dislike of that prince.
Can Fitz stay loyal to the royal family, balance his job as an assassin with his love of his childhood sweetheart, Molly, support Verity's wife, the foreign quuen, Kettricken, against those who would discredit her, remain friends with the stablemaster, Burrich, even though he has the illegal 'Wit' (an ability to speak with animals), and survive the various hatreds of those who are arrayed against him?
OK, I'm still missing some of the subplots here...
It's a complex, soap-opera-esque story with plenty of drama - pure entertainment, and executed near-perfectly! Great stuff!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a good trilogy so far. I really like the concept of animal bonding called the Wit. The main character is a trained assassin which makes the story unique.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent, engrossing adventure. Interesting characters. Good story.
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reviewed Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, Bk 2) on + 3 more book reviews
Robin Hobb is one of my favorite authors and has taken a place next to Anne McCaffrey as one of my #1 favorites of all times. Although different, her works are of the same caliber and this one does not fail to meet that standard. Characters are real, believable and the story is as engaging as her other work.
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Enjoyed reading this series of three volumes and rate highly. Characters and premise are believable and well developed. If I have a reservation it would be in the second book where the plot seemed to get stuck just a bit; the main character was experiencing confusion, and the movement of the story seemed to experience it too! Otherwise excellent, with a bang-up ending.
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In this second installment of the Farseer trilogy, the main character spends a great deal of time whining about how difficult life is. In balance, though, we've picked up an awesome sentient wolf character, and the great cliffhanger ending will definitely have me picking up the final book.

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