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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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    Gregory Syracuse, NY, United States 09-15-13
    Gregory Syracuse, NY, United States 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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 06-06-12
    Lorena Monmouth, OR, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2011

    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain

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    "Engaging, entertaining, thought provoking"
    What made the experience of listening to Assassin's Quest the most enjoyable?

    Between Robin Hobb's unquestionable talent for creating true to life characters and Boehmer's ability to tell the story like it's his, you feel as though you've just spent a weekend in front of the fire with Fitz while he entranced you with his life story. While you may not love Fitz (he is most definitely a fallible character), you can't help but feel his love, his wounds, his victories and his losses.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. The depth of each character in this story is simply astounding. Even using the first person narrative, Hobb is able to create a whole host of realistically complex personalities.


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

    The Fool is one of the best characters ever written. He is mysterious, comical, tragic, and heartwarming all at once.


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

    If only there were enough hours in the day, I would listen to all three Farseer books without pause.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third book of an epic fantacy that every fantacy fan must read. I gave it four stars only because I found the other two books to be slightly more enjoyable. This was mostly because the author led you up to the end in exquisite detail and them suddenly ended the story. The ending is complete, it just doesn't have the fullness of description and life that the rest of the story has. That said, this isstill one of the best stories I've ever encountered.

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

    xdaedalusx

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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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    Ryan CA, United States 06-12-13
    Ryan CA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2007
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Fresno, CA, United States 05-11-12
    Melinda Fresno, CA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good, but not brilliant"

    The story is good, the narration well done, but it was all perhaps a bit too long. The length as such wasn't a problem; it's simply that it allowed the characters, specifically Fitz Chivalry, too much time to become tedious. After a while, Fitz's blinding stupidity seriously started to get on my nerves. I know not everyone can be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but Fitz's inability to grasp any concept or information not plainly spelled out for him becomes quite annoying, especially as the other characters make no effort to compensate for him. How they could possibly miss that the penny wasn't dropping for Fitz is beyond me, but somehow they do. It's a pity because it really did start to detract from the story and left the reader feeling let down. Somehow you just expect more from a story's hero than that, even if it is less realistic. There were also one or two other characters who I thought could have been written out because I never did quite see the point except to prolong the story, but that's just my opinion.

    The story itself was entertaining and good, although somewhat predictable. There is, however, one twist at the end that I didn't see coming that was quite good and left a smile on my face. If you've read and liked the previous Farseer books this is a must but it isn't Hobb's best.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Centennial, CO, USA 02-01-14
    Amy Centennial, CO, USA 02-01-14 Member Since 2004
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    "The Farseer Series as a whole"

    It was a good series from beginning to end, although there were one or two things that made me roll my eyes and go "Yes, yes...tortured soul...I got the gist...move on with the plot please". I really wished it had turned out differently at the end, or maybe I just wanted more resolution? I will tell people to check out this series. Do I think it holds up to Robert Jordan or George RR Martin? Not quite, but I enjoyed it all the same. Paul Boehmer is one of my favorite Narrators, so no complaints there at all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SethTavis Little Rock 03-26-13
    SethTavis Little Rock 03-26-13 Member Since 2012

    i like Sci-Fi & Epic Fantasy with a little romance mixed in

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    "Awesome Story!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was a good listen but sad at times


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the magic and how it was used


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Awesome narration


    Did Assassin's Quest inspire you to do anything?

    no...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-25-13
    Ben SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Coule have been better, but worth the listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Overall it was a great trilogy read by a great narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the constant fear of failure throughout the trilogy. Fitz is not perfect by any standard, but his pain is believable and his successes satisfying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA, United States 12-13-12
    Edward VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA, United States 12-13-12
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    ""Skilled" Storymaker"

    This a great stroy. If you are a fan of "Game of Thrones" you will love this. Palace intrigue, sword play, secret assassins.....you will be drawn in. Great narrrator....voice changes without going over the top. I am waiting for book 4 now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan St George, UT, United States 12-11-12
    Bryan St George, UT, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Assassin's Quest the most enjoyable?

    Good continuation from the first 2 books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Assassin's Quest?

    The battles


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    His accent, and ability to give each charater their own personality and voice.


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

    yes. have a hard time shutting it off


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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