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

Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy. Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst. Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.
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Publisher's Summary

The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy.

Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst.

Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.

Under the watchful eye of Burrich, old King Shrewd's Stablemaster, Fitz must learn to cast off the wild but carefree ways of the wolf and enter once more the human world: a world beset ever more viciously by the relentless Red Ship Raiders who are now left free to plunder any coastal town they please. But more immediately, a world in which he finds he is utterly alone.

Regal has stripped the kingdom of its riches and retired to the inland city of Tradeford. Of Verity, on his quest to find the legendary Elderings, there has been no word; Molly, Kettricken, and the Fool have all vanished. Unless Fitz can find Verity and help him in his quest, the Six Duchies will perish and there will be no safe place to live.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers … what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.” (The Times)

“In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons” (George R. R. Martin)

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    Emma Prahran, Australia 06-21-14
    Emma Prahran, Australia 06-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not stop listening"
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    An excellent follow up to Assassin's Apprentice, this book is full of action and adventure. Several times I found myself sitting in my car for several minutes at the end of my commute, waiting for a good place to pause the story, but they are hard to find! Once again, Paul Boehmer reads excellently, and does the story a great justice in the telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Perth, Australia 05-04-13
    Rick Perth, Australia 05-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good characters, poor reveal"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, if he or she were a fan of fantasy


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I hate it when you know the plot twists before the protagonist. I was just thinking he must be an idiot if he can't see it.


    What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Distinct, appropriate voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I cared about the character, but I was annoyed his development was slow in parts, and that he always reacted emotionally. Considering what he'd been through you'd think he would have got a handle on his emotions and never seemed to develop. He was also thick, you can see plot twists coming a mile away, but the hero never seems to which had me yelling at my car stereo "you idiot!" more than once. But I did like the characters, I liked the overall story and I liked the world building.

    I think if this book had been written today it would be returned to the author for a rewrite. For example detailed supporting characters that you never see again. But in spite of all its flaws, I'm glad I listened to it and there was more to enjoy than to dislike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Viktor Stenungsund, Sweden 01-27-13
    Viktor Stenungsund, Sweden 01-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I didn't like this book at all."

    I really enjoyed the other two books in this series. Which in a way makes this book even worse.
    Everything I liked about Fits is removed, and all that is left is a stumbling selfish idiot.
    He has become a slave to his emotions (mainly fear) with no resolve. Several times after deciding something he would just turn right around with the excuse "I could not stop myself" or "I just had to do it". At one point I got so angry over one of these I had to stop the audiobook and go hit my kitchen table.

    In fact if I think about it, I don't like the way any of the characters have developed, except for perhaps Nighteyes.

    After every chapter there is a section where the narrator just gives reader information about the world. These are often repetitive and we get told a lot of things we already know.
    At at least two points the narrator pauses from the story and provides spoilers of whats gonna happen.

    I just started with part 5 and i honestly don't want to continue.
    I think I'll just pretend book 2 ended with Fits living happily ever after as a wolf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deb sydney, Australia 12-14-12
    Deb sydney, Australia 12-14-12
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    "Wonderful trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a moving story of commitment and loyalty set in quasi medieval times.


    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

    offputting pronunciation


    Any additional comments?

    I read the trilogy and feel that I was given even more by hearing it too.

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  • Sunbeam
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    7/21/14
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    "Fabulous book but ending felt rushed"

    Really loved this trilogy and to be honest, it was due for a 5 out of 5 until the end. I dropped a point though because the ending was essentially a summary. I was looking forward to what I thought would be the pinnacle of the book. But what was presented was a summary. It felt strange as it was not at all in keeping with the style of the book. To me, it felt like an afterthought, 'Oh, and if you're interested in what happened, A did B, and X did Y'. The 'epilogue' was more in keeping with the style though.

    All in, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trilogy. Just be warned of a seemingly rushed ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • marc
    United Kingdom
    1/13/13
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    "Great story - same vein as Patrick Rothfuss"

    After listening to Patrick Rothfuss's first two book of his trilogy I wanted something similar but complete! I've certainly founded it in Robin Hobb's Farseer series and I've now nearly finished all three. Reading order is:



    - Assassins Apprentice

    - Royal Assassin

    - Assassins Quest



    There are many similarities to Patrick Rothfuss or vice versa depending on your perspective. You follow a small boy who grows up learning a kind of magic he never really knew he had and learning to be a Kings Assassin. Great characters who you will learn to love and hate.



    If you've read Patrick Rothfuss and are looking for something as good then you won't go far wrong with this Trilogy.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Asbjørn
    7/17/14
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    "Good Idea by an Unskilled Author"
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    Robin Hobb has had a good idea for a fantasy novel, unfortunately he does not have the skill of composition to make it a good book. As with J.K Rowling and Dan Brown - you frequently get distracted from the story by the authors poor rendition of it. Robin Hobb might not be quite as bad an author as those two - but it is still frustrating enought for me to disuade people from spending time with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kasper
    Feniton, United Kingdom
    9/23/13
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    "It just dropped"
    Would you try another book written by Robin Hobb or narrated by Paul Boehmer?

    No and no. This book turned me off and the good Mr Boehmer, although guaranteed much better narrator than myself, just sounds too posh for my liking.


    What was most disappointing about Robin Hobb’s story?

    It just seemed to bog down


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Boehmer’s performances?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • halfpintkay
    United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Couldn't stop Listening!"

    This book had me hooked from start to finish. Once again Hobb brings the tale of the Farseer family alive, Following Fits Journey which is full of twists and turns. Great ending to the Trilogy. I really enjoyed this book but the reason why I gave Performance 4 stars instead of 5 was because the narrater repeated himself on a Occasions, it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book though and I wouldn't let it stop other Listeners downloading this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
    5/26/13
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    "Good but a struggle"

    Having listened to the first two in the series I was keen to get into the final story. However, at five separate sections I couldn't wait to get on and found myself skipping through chapters. Good story with good thread but god, it needs some serious editing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ST LEONARDS ON SEA, United Kingdom
    5/26/13
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    "Excellent book"

    Great characters, well told. Good pace and plenty of twists and turns to keep you going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abigail
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "spellbinding"

    Thoroughly enjoyable, captivating tale that transports you away from your own world and into the brilliantly creative mind of the author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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