Loved book 1. Liked first half of book 2. Hated 2nd half and book 3. The hero goes from being a child in an adult world, to being a young adult with the mental aptitude of a child. The main character can't seem to make an intelligent decision or stop his incessant whining and 6 year-old behavior. It's just not believable that one could be as stupid as Fitz and live. The more I listened, the more irritating the plot became about mid-way through the conclusion of the trilogy.
I REALLY don't understand why so many authors lately insist on having their main characters spend huge sections of the plot being physically tortured in detail. The unfortunate situation here is book 2 just sets up a repetitiveness of torture and abuse of the main character that continues over and over and over well into many hours of book 3.
Bright spot was superb job by Paul Boehmer.
The sequel showed no improvement over the first bland book in this series, despite what I was assured by a recommendation.
I thought the first book in this series was quite slow. Royal Assassin doesn't break that trend, but for whatever reason, I didn't mind it as much this time. Fitz is growing up, and the story is getting much more interesting.
The best part of Royal Assassin is the political maneuvering. There's a lot less assassinating and a lot more vying for influence. Readers expecting fast-paced assassin ought to avoid this one.
The narrator is superb, the writing masterful. I only wish that it had been ten or so hours shorter, as I think it was padded with too much unimportant description and scenes. However, I still really enjoyed this book, and recommend it to any who love high fantasy.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
As the title says this is #2 in the series. If you have not read book #1 you will not enjoy this book. Book one, develops the main characters and if you start here you will think he is some whinny sick boy. You must read book one to understand the characters.
If you have read book one, then you are in for a treat. When I first read this series I actually liked the second book better then the first. In this book there is less of Chade and more of the Fool. There is more about the wit, a talent I believe would be great to have. Fitz starts the story out sick and pretty much stays sick and hurt throughout the book. Regal has a bigger meaner part in this and Verity leaves Buck Keep.
Like most of Hobb's books you really get caught up in the lives of these people. Hobb does better character development then anyone I know. For the second reading this did get a little long, yet I still enjoyed it, though not as much as the first time. All of Hobb's characters are flawed, even though the leading character tries hard to do well. I did get a little frustrated with the way Fitz treated Molly. If I had been in the same situation I am sure I would have chosen the girl over the King, but I am not Fitz.
The Liveship series is my favorite series by anyone and then Hobb's Forrest Mage series and then this series. I hope to soon complete the Dragon series, which may bump this series down to 4th place.
I have also started to enjoy reading Hobb's first books, written under the name of Megan Lindholm, I hope they come out on audible.
Narrator is excellent.
Hobbs does a great job of writing intrigue and characters. The biggest problem I have with the story, even more than the first, is the amount of mortal danger Fitz is always in. This book suggests that his life were always in danger since the first book left off, but since the story is told in a first person perspective you know he survives. it really takes the feast out of all situations, even when you do start to feel strongly for him, which you probably already do if you are finished with book 1.
This is a well written and well narrated story. However, the book is so melancholy that I often think of discarding it. Everyone suffers all the time. The main character has just enough victories to keep you reading, but other than that he just keeps getting beaten down. In order to keep the edge on the story the characters act completely out of character. Not sure what to think. I keep waiting for catharsis and halfway into book two, I still haven't seen it.
After book one I was interested in the main character and invested in the plot development and general story line. In the second book it showed great promise but then stretched and stretched the conflict development without any real resolution or payoff.
It was not only disappointing but about half way through the book I had to put it down and say enough already, a person can read only so long about the injustices and villainy done by the antagonists without any real plot change. Eventually there has to be some sort of payoff but this book stretched it so long and far I actually started cursing the main character and thinking that "well this kingdom deserves it".
I really wanted to like this book but after hours of wining and stupidity I simple stopped caring. It got so bad that at one point I fell asleep listening to it for about an hour and woke up to more of the same,,and then more,,and then more.
I may update this review if by some chance I can take up the book again and anything changes but fort now I'm moving on to a book that doesn't want to make me hurl my iPhone across the room.
The first book was riveting and hopeful. This reminds me of what typically happens to an author's story after a successful first book -more deprivation and depression. I read the reviews of the next in the sequel and decided to skip it and sadly accept that Fitz does not overcome. Could have been an entertaining uplifting story. Narration of the book was well done.
this one is a hard listen at times because of how much Fitz suffers. there's an aspect of teen angst at times but there are serious traumatic events as well. it makes me want to hurry up and get to the next books so he can (hopefully) find some relief. having read all of Hobb's work in this world a while back, going back through and listening is like getting it for the first time.