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As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom. Royal Assassin Robin Hobb This is the sequel to the highly successful Assassin's Apprentice, which sees family betrayal, treachery and assassination in the six Duchies.
Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family. Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. I leapt into Royal Assassin ready for more.
Unfortunately it was a chore. The first few chapters full of call-backs also felt unnecessary. I wish, since this was sold as a collected edition, they had cut out the recaps in the first pages. Fitz and Regal are tedious characters in book 2, which helps make the ending so exciting. And so, onto book 3, Quest , which is the best of the lot. There are some things I remembered view spoiler [the gender identity of the Fool and the stone garden of dragons of course!
Something I did remember is that I started reading the last pages of the book at 10pm on a school night when I was a teenager and calling in sick the next day because I stayed up all night to see what Fitz was going to find at the end of his quest. Even though I stuck to more work-friendly hours this time around, the rush of the ending felt the same.
It was such a satisfying conclusion to the story and has me set up for the Rain Wilds - which I remember enjoying even more than this trilogy. Here's hoping Folio does editions of all of Hobb's books! These books meander. They stay with each character likely too long for most people's enjoyment. They make you get to know the ponderous, loyal, foolish Fitz better than a close friend. The characters are emotionally intelligent and get caught up in their own narratives and ideas.
Fitz is pushed and pulled by powers both political and magical too complex for him or us to fully comprehend. This aspect of his youth was very convincing and I appreciated it much more in my early thirties than I did as a teenager. I wonder if I will feel the same way in another 15 years.
This reread also showed me some weakness in the trilogy: most of it lying in the bloated wallowing of book 2. And it showed me an emotional nuance I didn't realise I was missing until I found it again. I don't think anyone writes people with the tenderness of Hobb. John Howe's covers and illustrations will always be my favourite. This one is from the cover of Assassin's Quest. Mar 30, Josh Angel rated it it was amazing.
Vague Spoilers This series is not my usual kind of read. Typically I avoid stories that are tragic, but this series hooked me with the characters and wouldn't let me go. It's an emotional rollercoaster ride for sure. She makes you love her characters even as you want to strangle them. Fitz in particular is an idiot who can't see the obvious if it hit him between the eyes The Fool is intriguing and unknowable.
Burrich is a lovable grump with a heart of gold. Verity a noble but flawed king-in-waiting. Nighteyes is just amazing. All vividly depicted characters. Truly, the great characters are why I kept reading these books, that point cannot be undersold, because they are SO good that they kept me reading despite some VERY frustrating aspects of the storytelling.
He is a teenager, I know, but the idiot can't see what is right in front of him. But you as the reader know what's going on, and it's often a long sloooooow wait as you watch with dread the inevitable train wreck headed Fitz's way. Fitz's Stupidity as a Plot Convenience: To expand on Fitz's stupidity and how it drives the story, it really is a plot convenience at points because the author needs him to be stupid for the story to go in the direction she wants it to.
As a reader, it's incredibly frustrating to watch. Again, I realize he's supposed to be a teenager, and we were all dumb at that age, but he'll have you pulling your hair out in frustration. Fitz's lack of training with the Skill: At some point in the story I just got tired of Fitz's lack of training in the Skill.
So much would have been different if someone had just taken the time to train the poor kid, and it becomes yet another frustrating part of the story. At some point you realize he'll never be trained, because like his stupidity, it's a plot convenience for the author.
If Fitz could control his powers he wouldn't be as helpless, so of course he'll never be trained. So when the plot requires it, he can use his powers. Similarly, if the plot requires it he can't use his powers. Oh sure, he'll get to be happy for a little while, but only so he and you as the reader can be devastated when it's taken away. Tension: The tension the author builds up is truly relentless. You are always braced for something terrible to happen, mainly because you know it's possible.
The author is not afraid to kill or maim a character, so you can never be sure anyone is safe. The emotional rollercoaster and constant tension was draining, and I need a break from this world and the authors writing style. I did love the books because the characters are amazing, and do recommend them. But they are probably the most emotionally intense books I've ever read. I'm going to read some lighter fare before continuing on with my Realm of the Elderlings read-through.
Aug 28, Andy rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. This series had me really twisted. The writing is superb. Prosaic, well read, a world I really could feel. Even the characters overall had a rich and fullness you expect in any good series. The but. But I really. He was always weak, always moping, always self centered. His character development was halted numerous times and he was never allowed externally or internally to overcome his flaws.
He embraced weakness and ignored his strength. It drove me bats This series had me really twisted. It drove me batshitcrazy. If Fitz had been a secondary character and another character the lead it'd have been fine. Much of the cast felt stronger, deeper, and more forthcoming developmentally than the main was.
At the end of each book you think. This will be his moment, this crucible will make him understand. But it never was carried. Forever held back into a deep whining and self loathing. The end few chapters felt like a glimmer of salvation but felt rushed against the length of the overall quest. Read this if you can handle a wet noodle of a protagonist against an amazing backdrop of characters and scenery. Avoid this if you get heartburn when character development is stunted every step of the way.
Dec 29, Kae Fe rated it it was ok. Book 1 is barely ok. Very slow pace with too many descriptions and not much going on. Writing is good though and it leaves hope that following books will have some action. Book 2 is still slow and characters are infuriating. The hero is fairly dumb with actions or emotions that don't make sense for the supposed experience he's been through. The worst part is the bad guy.
He is way too cliche and there would be no way he would get to do what he does in a different world. All in all, nothing happen Book 1 is barely ok. All in all, nothing happens, only frustration. Book 3 is so bad I had to stop after 50 pages. Same problems as other books but the hero is even dumber. First book was good, second book had so many unnecessary chapters, third book was "why did I start this trilogy Mar 05, Abby Wynne rated it it was amazing. Absolutely loved these from start to finish.
Rating: 3. Fitz is an enjoyable character whom is transformed from an early age into a somewhat lame assassin. Yeah, he poisons a few and hacks away at the Forged like any other soldier but he never becomes immersed in that aspect of his life even though he is trained for years. This process builds each character, laboriously. More expedient means enjoin movement to deepen a characters personality.
When the movement was shared and a character was enhanced, the trait was quickly abandoned or drove the character in an opposite direction. For instance when Fitz is in battle he becomes bezerker boy with an ax. Fitz was a character that constantly devolved in almost every instance to the point where you wondered how he became a man that people might respect and follow. We all love a flawed hero, only in the right way. Burrich and Molly were a sad ending to an interesting story line as was the Fools.
The series feels incomplete in that the expectation is that Fitz becomes the Skill Master, yet no such thing transpires. Despite some hiccups I enjoyed the series entire. The world building draws you in and keeps you there. An engrossing novel of hope and betrayal. Skillz, Hobb has them. For the first while, was swept away with this magical world, bonding as fully as one with a wit brother.
Loved our boy, perhaps because he let us observe so much while saying so precious little. But then the first book ends! In a breathless rush of half-rememberings! And with the next book beckoning a kindle-click away, I flowed into the skillstream to slake my thirst.
Questing out, into the raiding and the forging. The killing and the maiming. The excruciating abuse and torture, followed by the endless journeying and the traumatizing and the eventual, painstaking carving. Had to laugh when Hobb goes all Skywalker Ranch on us, inventing an animal in the third book, just because. One perfectly adapted to propel our plot, naturally! Well, but the plot is for the most part well wrought. Kept me intrigued, though at times, longing to give Fitz a swift kick.
And loved our Fitz most of the time. Ahh well, I forgive. The first book is magical, the second ends in pounding adventure plus satisfying twists and shadings, and the third starts strong with a fascinating tug-o-war betwixt wolf life and thug life. And the coarsening of a harsh-yet-humanistic society into one of rotten corruption and routine dehumanization is chillingly recognizable, my friends.
Most of my gripes — tho by no means all — come of binge-reading a trilogy whilst wishing it were not one. And at the end of three, is it over? Not yet. For me yes, but for others, not yet. Assassin's Apprentice - 3 stars The book is a good introduction to Hobb's world and her main character Fitz. But, the pacing was problematic for me - from the veeery slow beginning to the rushed end. When the story remains squarely on Fitz's personal struggles, it's good.
But, the magic system - Skill especially - was poorly explained and Fitz, even young as he is, accepts his fate almost without a doubt, which made me cranky. It was easy to tell who the bad guys were, so much so that I wondered Assassin's Apprentice - 3 stars The book is a good introduction to Hobb's world and her main character Fitz. It was easy to tell who the bad guys were, so much so that I wondered how stupid the King and his followers had to be to miss it.
The ending - with one bad guy disposed off easily, and the other somewhat cowed, but largely ignored - was a disappointment. The narration, in a form of Fitz's memoirs, robbed the book of some of its immediacy and therefore some of my involvement in the events. Hopefully, the rest of the trilogy would bring Fitz some growth. I liked the characters of Burrich, Verity and Chade. The Fool is puzzle. Royal Assassin - 3. I enjoyed it more than the first one. But, my enjoyment was diminished by characters' stupidity.
No, not Fitz's. He is but a teenager often left to deal with the situations that require experience in the political intrigue, spying, military tactics. It is a wonder he does as well as he did. No, it is every other character - Verity, Shrewd, Chade, even Fool at times.
People: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. How many times Regal has to betray for them to act? He is not brilliant. Yet, he succeeds at everything , simply because no one acts. It drove me crazy. The most intelligent person - for he is a person - is the wolf.
The great 'romance' was tepid at best, Molly annoyed me for no other reason than existing. My bad. But, the time spend on romance could have been used for more natural introduction of Elderlings angle to the story. It's like Hobb twists and turn her characters any way it suits her - without giving them the proper motivation for their actions. I still enjoyed this more than the first novel. I want to know what happens to Fitz.
Assassin's Quest - 4 stars This is the book I liked the best and this is what the trilogy should have been from the beginning. I may wish for Fitz's destiny to be better, but for once - it was logical. I enjoyed both his travels with Nighteyes alone and with the rest of the group. We can see how he gradually matures. His bond with Nighteyes was great and often funny as the wolf assumed some of human traits. And, there is Fool. Lovely, lovely Fool. I enjoyed how his character was developed here.
In fact, I enjoyed all the characters, even the annoying ones, lol. It seemed to me that the characters and events were developed naturally for the first time in the trilogy. The book has finally sold me the whole thing. The dragons were fantastic, duh. Overall rating - 3. Here is where we are today, and we can only make our moves from here. Fitz is groomed to be a royal assassin but he hides a more dangerous skill - the Wit, that is the ability to talk to animals, widely disfavoured by the royalty.
Unfortunately, the plot only begins to come together at the end of the second book, and the trilogy was excruciatingly slow paced. While Hobb colours Fitz realistically, most of her other characters felt pretty one dimensional and unrelatable. Also, she brings out certain mysteries and builds them up, only to leave them hanging in the third book. I can understand why the Farseer Trilogy has gotten so many 5 star ratings. There are definitely facets brimming with originality and innovation.
While I might have found the story disappointing, this is definitely one of my favouritest book covers. Feb 22, Joshua rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy. This book is written inconsistently. It flows well in some parts and in others we get a tasteless retelling of events. One second you'll be reading a brilliant dialogue the next you read a short sentence about how the next month went.
The author has a habit of telling you things instead of letting the reader discover them. While some telling is good it gets rather annoying to be told everything as if without the rehashing of facts you would be hopelessly lost. We go deep into the mind of fitzchi This book is written inconsistently. We go deep into the mind of fitzchivalry.
It's unfortunate that while the series sounds promising the content of the story somehow manages to come across as dull and unengaging. The coming of age of a court assassin who has magical abilities sounds like the type of book that you just won't be able to put down. I have. On three separate occasions I tried to get into this book. Reading just a chapter more here and there hoping for some tidbit of action or intrigue.
Yet somehow even when what I imagine is supposed to be a poignant or powerful sequence appears I find it wanting. Imagine picking up a novel advertised as a sweeping journey only to find that it reads like a bland textbook in your least favorite class. Perhaps one day I'll truly be so starved for reading material that I'll pick this "vanilla ice cream in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory" novel back up and finish it. I doubt it. It's simply too boring to waste your time trying to see if you like it.
The ratings in my personal opinion are very misleading in regards to this book. There are many more engaging novels with very similar plots that one can find easily. The coming of age assassin who is special trope is hardly a rare one. Mar 02, Paul Jones rated it really liked it. The series was recommended by a friend, and at first, it annoyed me.
Fitz was supposed to be our hero, magically gifted, intelligent He was supposed to grow into his power and win through just like in every other book. Instead, he was a flawed character, struggling to find his way, bungling his powers and his skills, losing battles and getting in trouble. Sometimes he wasn't likable and sometimes you loved him for his actions. In these kinds of novels, violence is frequently gratuitous and exc The series was recommended by a friend, and at first, it annoyed me.
In these kinds of novels, violence is frequently gratuitous and excessive, and while this world had it's fair share of death and gore and battles, we saw it through the eyes of our heros, tempered by their feelings and reactions to it. Despite being occasionally slow build steam, this world had unique magic, welld developed characters, and kept me hooked through three books. Well done! Jun 06, Lesley Macphie rated it it was amazing. Want to give it 6 stars.
Recently finished re-reading. The best sort of Hero, a hero that doesn't want to be and is not perfect. Jan 27, Paula rated it it was amazing. An immersive story of an interesting and well thought out land with lovable and hate-able characters. Just what I needed. Nov 30, Peter DeKoekkoek rated it it was amazing. My review for the trilogy as a whole: I really loved this series.
Fitz as a main character is deeply flawed and has truly horrible things happen to him and around him and it breaks him. But he is so relatable and real and so are most of the other characters in this series and that is where it truly shines. This is definitely not a happy series and not for everyone because of it. I had to take a few breaks while reading it because I was so drawn into the world and Fitz' pain.
This book is so amazi My review for the trilogy as a whole: I really loved this series. This book is so amazing though and beautifully written. The characters all feel so very real and flawed and relatable. Hobb's character work and how she makes fully realized characters and then is able to portray them and weave them into her excellent narrative is astounding. But my favorite part of this series is the prose. So beautiful and engrossing.
Hobb's prose is some of the best I have ever read and because of that and the type of story this is: boy grows up discovers he has a type of magic and goes on adventures I would recommend this series to anyone that likes Patrick Rothfus and the Kingkiller Books.
I like Hobb's series, the world and its magic, and the main characters a lot more. Also, and as a Sanderson fan I appreciate this greatly, each book has excellently crafted endings that bring the story together perfectly and great world building and interesting magic systems. I usually jump between series after finishing a book because I like variety but these I read one after the other because I wanted to stay in her world and the feel of her words.
Looking forward to reading a lot more of her work. Definitely in my top three authors now. Jul 12, Audrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourite , beautiful , brilliant-writing , intense , emotional , heart-shattering , magical , intriguing , action-packed , mystical.
From the time I let a 6-year-old Fitz into my heart, I have been in love with this story. There was something about the birth of the young character of Fitz that has taken up residence in my heart and it feels as if we are 'bonded'. This is a wonderful tale, but one that has taken a toll on my emotions. I think I have felt just about all of Fitz's pains and heartbreaks myself. The ending has left me a little bereft.
While it was a good ending, I long for so much more for the character of Fitz. All From the time I let a 6-year-old Fitz into my heart, I have been in love with this story. All the characters in this tale are wonderful. Nighteyes certainly lightened things up along the way, and I love him.
This is an amazing story and I have been lost in it for weeks as I travelled with every character following Robin Hobb's masterful storytelling. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction Fantasy. Speculative Fiction. About Robin Hobb. Robin Hobb. I liked it. That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It's a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van.
So a 2 star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I'd loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it. A 3 star means that I've ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes. A 4 star means I'm probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book. But I want you to know. I don't finish books I don't like. There's too many good ones out there waiting to be found.
Robin Hobb lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, and has been a professional writer for over 30 years. In addition to writing, her interests include gardening, mushrooming, and beachcombing. She and her husband Fred have three grown children and one teenager, and three grand-children.
She also writes as Megan Lindholm , and works under that name have been finalists for the Hugo award, the Nebula Award, and the Endeavor award.
The Farseer Trilogy is a series of fantasy novels by American author Robin Hobb. Often described as character-driven and introspective, and also as epic. The Farseer Trilogy is a series of fantasy novels by American author Robin Hobb. Often described as character-driven and introspective, and also as epic fantasy, the trilogy follows the early life of FitzChivalry Farseer, illegitimate son of a. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb ; Book 2. Royal Assassin ; Book 3. Assassin's Quest ; Book - Blue Boots. Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-.