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
“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)
The sequel showed no improvement over the first bland book in this series, despite what I was assured by a recommendation.
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.
The first book of this series was great. I quit reading the second book prior to finishing chapter one. I do not like disturbing books. This book talked repeatedly about cutting throats, dismembering children, raping women, killing, blood, death, etc... Not my type of 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...
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.
the wonderful characters and overall great story are fatally marred by the ridiculous threes-company-esque political farce/drama.
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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