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Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3 | [Robin Hobb]

Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.
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Publisher's Summary

From an extraordinary voice in fantasy comes the stunning conclusion to the Farseer Trilogy, as FitzChivalry confronts his destiny as the catalyst who holds the fate of the kingdom of the Six Duchies...and the world itself.

King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies. But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him - currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was.

Catch up with the rest of the Farseer trilogy.

©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama." (Kirkus)

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-24-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "JUST BECASE A MAN CAN DO A THING"

    DOES NOT MEAN A MAN SHOULD DO A THING
    This is getting a five star rating, because the first time I read it that is how I felt. I must admit that listening to it after reading it was tedious. Don't get me wrong it had nothing to do with the narrator, he was good. It is just not a good reread.

    SHE OFFERED ME NO MORE SOLACE THEN A MAN MIGHT FIND IN HIS OWN HAND.
    This just went on to long. Usually in a trilogy the second book is the stretched out book. This time it is this the third book. Most of the book is run across the country, get captured, escape. Once would have been fine, but more then once was over kill. This was like a travel log with no plot.

    STOP WHINNING ABOUT IT AND JUST DO IT.
    Fritz is a lot more whinny in this and it is pretty long winded. If you have not started the trilogy yet, let me say that I liked the Live Ship Trader series best, starting with Ship of Magic. I am also really liking this Dragon Series that I am three books into right now, but the series is already four books long and may go longer.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 11-04-13
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 11-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Holly

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    "I Weary of a Stupid Hero"

    By the end of Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy, I see that he takes a page from the Wheel of Time's reluctant hero, Rand. Except Fitz is far more than reluctant hero. He is just stupid. In the first two books I could forgive it because he is just a teenager. But as he ages, and even admits understanding and takes on new resolves, he immediately forgets them the next day in some fit of anger or his misguided sense of justice. If I'm going to dedicate 39 hours of my life to a third book, I expect some personal growth from the main character. Even the wolf has better sense.

    Having said all that, Hobb is masterful in making me care! So in spite of all the tedium and lack of ongoing personal, sustained understanding by the main character, I cared what happened to Fitz and all the other characters. Hobb does a good job of developing all of them, and even getting right to the heart of the feelings of the female characters. He pulls together all the story lines and resolves them. I laughed out loud at the resolution of one of the tiniest story lines that I would have expected to be dropped out sight.

    I was ready for the end but was vastly disappointed in that Fitz finally achieved what he wanted. A life of his own choosing. But his decision about what to do with it continues his reign of stupidity. I could have sat there at the end of the audio and picked through how everyone else chewed him up and spit him out for their own gain, blaming them for his final decision. But then I remember how the "catalyst" created every situation all by himself. The ending is, indeed, tragic. And because Hobb somehow made me care, I cried.

    Boehmer is a good narrator and makes the characters easily understood.

    If you have read the first two books, you will want to read the last one. And there is no place within it I can say, "you can skip all this and go right to here." You'll have to slog through. Focusing on the Fool will get you through it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John Tupelo, MS, United States 12-29-11
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2011

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

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    "Story Became More Irritating"

    After great start with first 1.5 books of trilogy, the last 1.5 books became never-ending situations of ineptness and self-loathing for the main character.... leading to cycle after cycle of running, capture, torture and escape. Since the main character is "writing" the story down as the narrator, it's sort of stupid to send him through so many beat-down situations - you know he lives.

    The plot sets up situations you can see a mile away, but the stupidity of the "hero" leaves you shaking your head. It's just hard to grasp that the villain has ZERO consequences through 3 books until the last few pages. His plots are known by everyone at the end of book one and there were no consequences???

    The one bright spot was Paul Boehmer - one of the best jobs I've ever listed to.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Stokes Fairport, NY USA 10-06-14
    Kevin Stokes Fairport, NY USA 10-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Held my interest, but had ridiculous ending"

    I enjoyed this book. Fitz makes a long journey, traveling as a peasant that seems real. Hobb does a great job relating the adventure in a believable way. The interaction of Fitz, Burrich, and the Fool was quite excellent.
    I give the story three stars because the climax was very silly. It was a resolution that reminded me of a children's book. The defeat of the seemly unstoppable red ship raiders was barely mentioned, and the explanation of the great mystery of forging was glossed over in a couple sentences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory H. 09-15-13
    Gregory H. 09-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Makes you hate the protagonist"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Characters keep secrets for no reason and generally do not act like people. The main character who is lovingly humble in the first book comes off as winy and miserable to the point of being EMO in this one. With little to no catharsis in the ending it is my recommendation that if you enjoyed the first two of the series, do not pick up the last one.This would have been infinitely better if the author had not tortured his character constantly without it really forwarding the plot its a bit weird to be honest...


    What could Robin Hobb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Even out the good with the bad. Its fine having a character go through hardships that they overcome but this guy doesn't ever seem to overcome anything. He just gets mangled and eventually saved by someone else and he is usually not bettered by the experience.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Boehmer?

    Yes. Paul Boehmer was great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the first book.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason United States 07-31-13
    Jason United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "How had I not read these earlier?!"
    Would you listen to Assassin's Quest again? Why?

    Yes. The book is the perfect ending to the trilogy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just really enjoyed the whole trilogy. Alot of people bitched about 'not enough action,' ect...but I enjoyed the character development, and the world she created. Also, though I hated to see it end, I am glad she did not try to drag this on and on as alot of authors do. The entire trilogy was perfect.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    the wolf...duh; but Regal did remind me of Joffrey from aGOT.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes...gawd yes.


    Any additional comments?

    based on this book, I do plan to read more Hobb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 07-29-13
    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Yardtigress

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    "Turned out ok"

    This is the last book, and it was a decent story. I thought this one dragged a little in the middle as they were traveling to the elderlings, but in the end it was ok. I felt a little sorry for the main character as he didn't get his happy ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 11-20-12
    Gina 11-20-12
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    "Definitely enjoyed it."

    It's rare to find books this long that are actually interesting the entire time. After so many hours of having the such rich, well developed characters around, I really missed them when the book was over! I'm not a big fantasy fan, but I found this series to be different and quite unique in some of the concepts used... although that is maybe a neophyte's opinion! The ending was somewhat unsatisfying, but the rest of the book was great. I was sad when it was over.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Spooky Wolf 09-18-12
    Spooky Wolf 09-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A fantastic, but exhausting ride"
    Would you listen to Assassin's Quest again? Why?

    Perhaps, if I had someone to share the entire trilogy with. Alone, no... it was just too long.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writer really fleshed out the wit magic and bond with the wolf to an extreme, which I was all over.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Its hard to choose, but I would say the character that I enjoyed the most was the Fool, even though hearing unexpected wisdom from Night Eyes usually had me pondering or nodding in agreement.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The end is just the beginning


    Any additional comments?

    This book takes a strange turn from the previous books. Though, I will say each book in the trilogy has its own feel to it. The first one is a coming of age in a world of political intrigue while the 2nd is more of Fitz trying to be the glue that holds everything and everyone together. And this book is that glue breaking, and the world falls apart almost compleately. This book crushes your hopes over and over and over again. At the same time, it introduces to ideas, and further fleshes out old ones. I will say this book is too long, and should have been split into 2 books, as the first half of the book feels like its own story..VENGENCE. While the 2nd half of the book is more of a quest to find Verity.

    I won't spoil the end, but its a bit sad and a bit endearing. I will say I wasn't too pleased with the hero's decisions to how to live out his final days, but to each their own.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan CA, United States 06-12-13
    Ryan CA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Bland to the end"

    Despite my thorough disappointment at the first two books, I completed this series on a recommendation. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...

    Needless to say, there was no payoff in the end.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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