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Assassin's Quest Audiobook

Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

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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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    J HYRUM, UT, United States 09-26-12
    J HYRUM, UT, United States 09-26-12
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    "Fascinating Despite Lacking Narration"

    The final book in the series, and absolutely the best of the trilogy. The ending, to me, was all very unexpected. There was an interesting twist on dragons and the romantic interests in the the story. Definitely a suggested book, if you can handle the narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Atkinson 04-13-11
    E. Atkinson 04-13-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Completes the series"

    I enjoyed the first book and, started to lose interest by the end of the second book. I hoped that the Third would bring some closure and it did tie up some of the loose ends, but not in a satisfying manner. The action was all second and third hand, there was a lot of time that the characters spent in a foggy fugue state that couldn't hold my attention. Even the climax of the book, the big battle with the Red ships was told in a boring dry manner. Finished, just finished, no need to reread it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 05-05-12
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Glory and Heartache"

    FitzChivalry Farseer???s life keeps getting worse. He has once again barely ??? and I mean just barely ??? survived Uncle Regal???s machinations. As Assassin???s Quest, the third book in Robin Hobb???s FARSEER trilogy, opens, Fitz???s situation seems hopeless. Only a couple of people know he still lives and Molly is not one of them. She???s gone, and it seems safest for Fitz to let her live in ignorance.

    Meanwhile, Fitz???s uncle Regal has declared himself king in the Six Duchies. He demands exorbitant taxes, has abandoned Buck Town and left Buckkeep in the hands of a foreigner, and has in essence given up the area to the Red Ship Raiders. Not only has Fitz suffered at Regal???s hands, the coastal duchies suffer too.

    Once Fitz is standing on his own two feet again, he decides to get revenge for what Regal has done to him personally and to the Six Duchies. But Regal is protected by a coterie of skillers and some rather nasty soldiers. As Fitz tries to hunt down Regal, Prince Verity begins skilling to Fitz and asking for help. Fitz is the only person who knows that Verity still lives, but it???s not long before Regal discovers that both of his worst two enemies, FitzChivalry and Verity Farseer, are alive. Of course, Regal wants to get them before they get him.

    Assassin???s Quest takes a while to really get going, and there???s some rehearsal of old events, but I think it had to be that way ??? Fitz???s recovery must be slow, or it wouldn???t be believable. Hobb puts this time to good use, though. We learn about Burrich???s childhood and grow to love him even more for what he sacrificed for Fitz. Molly also becomes even more admirable as we see her trying to make the most of her unfortunate circumstances.

    Once Fitz is able to travel ??? and there is a lot of traveling ??? the pace is still slow, but by now the reader is so devoted to FitzChivalry Farseer and his wolf that it feels more like we???re spending time with old friends than trying to get through a novel. Along the way we meet a few new characters, most notably the minstrel Starling and a mysterious old lady, and eventually Fitz falls back in with some characters who we already love and have been missing. Besides the slow pace, which I really didn???t mind too much, my only complaint is that I had a hard time believing that Fitz doesn???t want Molly to know he???s alive. This felt like it was contrived to break my heart, but I must say that it worked.

    In the end there is some glory for Fitz and the Six Duchies, but it???s accompanied by much heartache. This isn???t one of those fantasies where everyone lives happily ever after. Readers should know that though this is the end of the FARSEER trilogy, Fitz???s story continues in Robin Hobb???s next trilogy, THE TAWNY MAN. I???ve been listening to Tantor Audio???s excellent version of FARSEER and so far they have not put TAWNY MAN on audio, but they do have LIVESHIP TRADERS, a related trilogy on audio. I hope we???ll be seeing TAWNY MAN in audio sometime soon because audio readers are not going to want to wait for it. Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marla Ben Wheeler, TX, United States 12-16-11
    Marla Ben Wheeler, TX, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Get ready to fall in love with this boy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Assassin's Quest to be better than the print version?

    I have read the trilogy and listened to them with my husband. Listening to the book was a treat. I preferred listening to the books due to the pronunciation of the characters names.


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    Teri 02-28-17
    Teri 02-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    I wondered how the author was to wrap up so much in but one book. it is a solid ending that answers the many questions but leaves room for so much more. A good ending to a complex tale.

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    Keith T Mclaughlin 02-24-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Really boring story that you wait to get good"

    This is a epic story that starts when the character is 6. He gets trained and has powers that he can't control. You go through three books waiting for him to get badass. Very long boring love story in the middle and he is frankly the worst assassin ever written. The story resolves in the last 30 minutes of the book with little to no climax. I have read tons of glowing reviews and I just don't get it.

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    Yuriy 02-09-17
    Yuriy 02-09-17
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    "Worse than hemorrhoids"

    If you want to hear about a failed pathetic excuse for a human messing up his life and complaining like a little girl about it for 40 hours, then this book is for you!

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    Ronald Palmer Texas 02-07-17
    Ronald Palmer Texas 02-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great third book"

    I had seen a review here that was negative and I don't know what book they read/heard but this book was consistent and had a reasonable ending. Not huge warm fuzzies ending and not to sad either, it worked.

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    Dustin 02-06-17
    Dustin 02-06-17 Member Since 2010
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    "drug on and too fast of a reveal........"

    read the title.. good story overall it was worth the read just like a better staged story

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    Sarah_and_Toby 02-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "slow..."

    I really enjoyed the first two, but this one moved painfully slow and was repetitive.

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