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Royal Assassin Audiobook

Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.

Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.

©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world---which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic.” (Publishers Weekly)

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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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    "Started well, but then..."

    Loved book 1. Liked first half of book 2. Hated 2nd half and book 3. The hero goes from being a child in an adult world, to being a young adult with the mental aptitude of a child. The main character can't seem to make an intelligent decision or stop his incessant whining and 6 year-old behavior. It's just not believable that one could be as stupid as Fitz and live. The more I listened, the more irritating the plot became about mid-way through the conclusion of the trilogy.

    I REALLY don't understand why so many authors lately insist on having their main characters spend huge sections of the plot being physically tortured in detail. The unfortunate situation here is book 2 just sets up a repetitiveness of torture and abuse of the main character that continues over and over and over well into many hours of book 3.

    Bright spot was superb job by Paul Boehmer.

    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 2016
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    ""Still bland""

    The sequel showed no improvement over the first bland book in this series, despite what I was assured by a recommendation.

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    JoR S.F. Utah 04-06-12
    JoR S.F. Utah 04-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant, if over-stuffed"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    T. Sundstrom Columbia, MD 09-17-16
    T. Sundstrom Columbia, MD 09-17-16
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    "The Fitz takes his lumps"

    this one is a hard listen at times because of how much Fitz suffers. there's an aspect of teen angst at times but there are serious traumatic events as well. it makes me want to hurry up and get to the next books so he can (hopefully) find some relief. having read all of Hobb's work in this world a while back, going back through and listening is like getting it for the first time.

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    anthony c 08-22-16
    anthony c 08-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "don't read, be happy with the first book"

    if you like the first book but thought it was kinda sloe then get ready to have the breaks thrown on. nothing really happens in this book except lots and lots of whining. that's right folks kid get laid and whines. it's like John snow had a punk pop band...

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    Jay 07-20-16
    Jay 07-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "predicable and repetitious"

    It reads like a young adult novel with predicable plot twists. The main character is somewhat annoying. I think I'll skip the last book in this series, this coming from someone who hates not finishing what he starts.

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    Amazon Customer San Francisco, CA United States 06-20-16
    Amazon Customer San Francisco, CA United States 06-20-16 Member Since 2015

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    the wonderful characters and overall great story are fatally marred by the ridiculous threes-company-esque political farce/drama.

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    Kindle Customer 06-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Straight on to book three"

    Stronger even than the first book, I very much enjoyed both the narration and the story.

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    Ted 06-01-16
    Ted 06-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I liked the first one better"

    This one reminded me of game of thrones though not nearly as brutal, an the sex is pg. . Still I'm about to read the next one.

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    Amazon Customer 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great story with a great performance."

    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!

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