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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

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-17

Briiliant story, DREADFUL narration.

Only the brilliance of the story made me grin and bear the narrator. Thank heavens he doesn't read the next Trilogy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-25-17

Why is this guy the voice of these great books

Stories incredible. Performance is a collection of mispronounced and strangely accented weirdness. Worth a listen

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  • Andrew
  • 09-14-17

Excellent! Can't wait to start part 3

Loved it, except the narrator wasn't very good. Looking forward to reading the next one.

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  • Richard
  • 07-03-17

Just amazing. Purely amazing.

This story was just amazing. Robin Hobbs has done it again. Legendary. Epic. Amazing. I am starting Quest now. No more sleep for me!!

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  • Anders Munk-Nielsen
  • 03-24-17

Good ending, too slow start

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

It is about on par with book 1

What other book might you compare Royal Assassin to, and why?

It's a bit like the name of the wind but not quite up there. The start is too slow, although that leaves room for more development.

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  • Kaye
  • 12-11-16

A great listening

Enjoyable continuation of the farseer trilogy. Recommended to those who have read / listened to the first book. The ending is one of great intrigue which hopefully leads into the final book and a conclusion worthy of the first two books.

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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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  • 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















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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-17

just...wow

This was probably one of the greatest books i have ever read/listened to.. hands down

The first book took a few hours to get hooked but I couldnt put this down from the get go.

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  • Tom
  • 10-18-17

Noice.

Occasionally the voiceover switches to an American accent but otherwise spectacular book and a well performed reading.

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  • Emily
  • 10-13-17

Not satisfying

The book was enough to keep me going to the end but I really could’ve put it down and forgot about it at any time. There was not enough resolution in the end for it to be satisfactory. The main character is frustrating and often makes decisions that the reasonable reader would think to make. For that reason it’s difficult to identify with him or really anyone else in the book for that matter.

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  • Rachel j garner
  • 10-03-17

Great read!

Totally hooked. Although sometimes I found the descriptions lacking and found it hard to form images of what was happening in my mind it was still a very enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-17

awsome book

narrator had a great foice and never forgot the sound of peoples voice. Great book

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  • Nina crause
  • 08-09-17

Undecided and left frustrated!

I can't say I didn't enjoy this story because I did, it's just that in book two I found so many little things aggravatingly frustrating. At times it was a slog to get through.
Fitz repetitive use of 'my king' 'my king in waiting' grated on me throughout as well as his absolute self sacrifice. All this coupled with the obvious plot and the narrators changing of key characters accents at some points through dialogue has made me unsure as to whether I will give the last book a chance.

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  • Melissathebrave
  • 08-02-17

Slow to get going, great series though.

Lots of characters and plotting and took most of book to explaining things... so really looking forward to more ' doing ' in the 3rd book.