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Royal Assassin

Book 2, Realm of the Elderlings: Farseer Trilogy

Robin Hobb

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Description

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 returns to the court where 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.

From the Paperback edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 01, 1996 – Continuing in the tradition of her first book (Assassin's Apprentice) Hobb propels the Farseer saga into its second installment with irresistible plotting and memorable characters. Fitz is a trained assassin in the service of King Shrewd and also the king's illegitimate grandson. He is sworn to protect heir to the throne Prince Verity and Verity's new bride, but his task is complicated by an invasion of vicious barbarians who turn helpless captives into zombie-like Forged Ones. The home front is no safer, with an ailing King and usurpers to the throne waiting in the wings. Romance, sibling rivalry, battlefield exploits, betrayal, political intrigue and telepathic magic insure that there's never a dull moment in the Kingdom of the Six Duchies. Through deft description and characterizations, 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. The ending clamors for a sequel-and hopefully sooner, than later.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic

A very in-depth and interesting grim book. One of the best series I have ever read. The author clearly knows what she is writing about and it shows in this story.

Far too slow

The story is good but frustrating. It is far too slow so much is filler and a waste. Too many spoilers. Characters too underdeveloped and perceived as foolish. Not at all riveting as the first one only the last chapters compare

Another well - crafted adventure

The young assassin returns, matures, and delights. The characterizations are deep and consistent, and although the layers of the tale part slowly, there is enough action to balance the development of the plot. Extremely well written and imagined.

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Royal Assassin
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Apr 01, 1996
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 688 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, Realm of the Elderlings: Farseer Trilogy
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