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Publisher's Summary

The second volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally best-selling Farseer series.

We are here Fitz, you and I, to change the future and the world…

Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well.

King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes and the King’s Fool with his cryptic prophesies.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

“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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  • ratna
  • Northam, Australia
  • 03-08-15

Getting used to the narrator!

Not cringing so much and despite upper class accent he is doing a fine job. The story is brilliant and worth the agony of narration.

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Absolutely stunning performance by Paul Boehmer

The Farseer trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite works of fiction. The author carefully builds a gallery of complex and believable characters that both fulfill and transcend their given archetypes. The setting is deep and engaging and the story that takes place there is an absolutely masterful tour of themes like loyalty, friendship, love, duty, hatred and sacrifice. Robin Hobb constructs a living, breathing world around the characters with the immersive writer's voice that she maintains throughout the work. This is in turn rendered magnificently by Paul Boehner, who reads it as if it were an autobiographical work from another life. I will recommend it to my friends, and I recommend it to you.

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Could not stop listening

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Bundoodragon
  • 07-21-16

Disappointing

I loved reading the first book in the trilogy, and still think Robin Hobb a good author. While the story here is inventive and I was looking forward to listening to this one, it was spoiled by the narration. Is this meant to be an English accent? Incompetent voice coach if it is. I would have given no stars if possible. I shall get the third book from the library and read it, far more satisfying to give the characters voices n my own head.

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  • Samantha
  • 03-08-17

Great story but readers voice changes

accents forgotten and wrong voices used for the wrong characters it can be a little confusing

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  • Matthew
  • 01-12-17

Great sequel, performance distracting at times.

Narrator had a frustrating habit of pronouncing 'o' as 'aw'. Some dodgy accents, but not too bad overall. Did female voices well for a male. Took some getting used to, but by the end didn't mind too much.

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  • Tai Jorgensen
  • 01-06-17

Dont know what it is...

I love parts of the book, when I get involved with strong feelings towards the charcters and events of the story. I just dont think that happens quite enough.
Not quite enough is what I think about much of this and the other Farseer books. I dont quite see it, dont quite feel it, dont quite love it.

And yet I want to read on.
I dont know what it is...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-18

Excellent

Excellent in every way, a great story well told. Highly recommended for any fantasy lover.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-18

Excellent story but reader’s accent isn’t great

Great part 2 to this trilogy. Unfortunately the reader is American and for some reason using a false British accent. It’s over-done and very posh / weird vowels and slips every now and then into an American or other unknown accent. Why not just use his own accent?

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  • Andrew Heathcote
  • 03-31-18

inconsistent performance

The story is an old favorite, but the performance was inconsistent. He wasn't awful but did have some moments that really pull the listener out of the experience.

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  • darthcaravan
  • 03-25-18

Great book

Loved every minute of it, it's an excellent read and the story thread is fantastic

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  • Pavlos
  • 02-22-18

10/10 Narrator 20/10 story.

The narrator's performance is exquisite and brings Hobbs characters and story telling to a life beyond reading the book. If this audio book was a movie then it would be one of the few ones that are better than the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-18

Highly recommend

Although there are some mispronounced words at times I highly recommend as it doesn't detract from the magic of the book

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  • Ben
  • 03-13-18

great story, average performance

fitz sporadically sounds american which is distracting and cook is irish when it pleases the performer. these inconsistencies take you out of this perfect world Robin Hobb has built. i wouldnt let these criticisms stop you.

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  • Christopher
  • 06-22-17

Disappointing

This is a frustrating book. Fitz is so incredibly dumb that almost the whole book you'll be shaking your head wondering wtf the author was thinking. His friends aren't much brighter.

A big step down from book 1.

Performance was good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-18

Classic series, narrated perfectly.

The narrators voices and nuances bring one of my favourite stories to life. Highly recommended.

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  • Jennie
  • 03-11-18

Assassin Assaulted - Fitz in deep trouble

If you could sum up Royal Assassin in three words, what would they be?

Engaging. Engrossing. Enjoyable

What was one of the most memorable moments of Royal Assassin?

When Fitz bonds with NIght Eyes

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

A compulsion to read on as the plot continues to thicken.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Engaged all the way through.

Any additional comments?

I fitting book 2 that develops the threads in the first book to build intrigue.

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  • Kerry
  • 03-01-18

Love robin hobb, shes A-mazing!

I read these books when I could still see, now that I'm going blind, I was sooo happy to find audible, so that I could read/listen to ,y favorite books again! thankyou audible! This is the 2nd in a series about fitz and the fool starting with assassins apprentice, ending with fools quest! plus she manages to weave known characters from this seriers into her other series like the mad ship and dragon series. Couldn't reco,mend thses books high enough!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-18

love this trilogy

twists and turns everywhere, what is waiting around each corner, who to believe. suspense and drama all in this book.

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  • James
  • 01-23-18

Great series

Where does Royal Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A great story and well conceived

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

I know a few other reviewers don't like Boehmer's narration style. I must admit in the first book, I initially thought it was very odd. Now I absolutely love it. His high english accent is a bit of a hoot really, but his characterisation of each character is great. Each character has a unique accent and tone and I for one have really grown to love his style. This is not one of those books where the narrator ruins the book. In fact, now that I've gotten past the high english accent, I can't think of anyone better for the book. And the story is really worth it.

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

Yes but also I wanted to savour it.

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  • CamJam
  • 12-30-17

well written and hard to put down

Story never quite lives up to its potential although it is well written, just disappointing.

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  • Russell
  • 12-05-17

average, nothing mindblowing

the beginning was very slow and could have cut out the first half. ending was weak and a bit pointless

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-17

Very slow and too descriptive

Hopefully book 3 will be better. Book could have been half the size to be enjoyable but was dragged out. Disappointing