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.
The first book of this series was great. I quit reading the second book prior to finishing chapter one. I do not like disturbing books. This book talked repeatedly about cutting throats, dismembering children, raping women, killing, blood, death, etc... Not my type of book.
the wonderful characters and overall great story are fatally marred by the ridiculous threes-company-esque political farce/drama.
Paul Boehmer captures all of the characters in a great way making it easy to visualize each one individually. I love the story and plan on listening to assasins quest. Mainly because I've fallen in love with Fitz Chivalry but also because Right Robin Hobb had left us on a huge cliff hanger!