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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-18

fantastic story as always. leaves you wanting more

I am certainly hooked and will definitely be finishing the trilogy with ambitions of moving on to other books by Robin Hobb.

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  • Kristian F.
  • 12-21-17

Far better performance for this second book

The narrator still isn't really up to snuff, but he puts on a far better showing on this second book than he did in the first and the experience is much improved.

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  • K Walker
  • 12-20-17

Great Story, Mediocre Accents

I really enjoyed this book, a good story, well thought out. Sadly the reader drops accent a fair few times.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cameron
  • 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















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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