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Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy) (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Robin Hobb

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Title:Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy)
Authors:Robin Hobb
Info:Voyager (1997), Paperback, 768 pages
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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (1996)


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In this second volume of Hobb's 'Assassin' trilogy, matters progress from bad to worse. As FitzChivalry Farseer recovers from the near-fatal assassination attempt on him by Prince Regal, he begins to see that Buckkeep and the Six Duchies are falling apart around him. The Red-Ship Raiders grow ever more bold, and the vicious, amoral Forged Ones that the raiders somehow create from good citizens are growing to be ever more of a problem. King Shrewd is failing, wracked by illness - and drugs. In desperation, Prince Verity goes on a quest to seek the mythical Elderlings - and in his absence, Regal seizes yet more power, disregarding the woes of the nation and partying with pomp and ceremony. Fitz believes that the Duchies' decline may be all part of a plot designed by Regal - but his mentor, Chade, seems to think that his opinion may be based on his personal (although admittedly justified) dislike of that prince.
Can Fitz stay loyal to the royal family, balance his job as an assassin with his love of his childhood sweetheart, Molly, support Verity's wife, the foreign quuen, Kettricken, against those who would discredit her, remain friends with the stablemaster, Burrich, even though he has the illegal 'Wit' (an ability to speak with animals), and survive the various hatreds of those who are arrayed against him?
OK, I'm still missing some of the subplots here...
It's a complex, soap-opera-esque story with plenty of drama - pure entertainment, and executed near-perfectly! Great stuff! ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
The second book in Robin's Hobb Farseer trilogy was just as engaging as the first. The characters were real and most of them grew in the book. There was a new character introduced that added a lot to the story. Like many second books in a series, there were a lot more questions and obstacles introduced than resolved, but it left me really wanted to pick up the third book immediately.

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  Cora-R | Jan 17, 2016 |
Royal Assassin is the second book in Robin Hobbs' Farseer trilogy, and as far as second books in trilogies go, this one was pretty darn good! The overall story arch progressed nicely and there was actual character development (things both generally missing in second books of trilogies).

The story continues to follow young FitzChivalry, bastard grandson and assassin to the dying King Shrewd, as he weaves his way through life in the royal court serving both Shrewd and king-in-waiting Verity, while the Shrewd's youngest son Regal weaves his nasty web of deceit and betrayal. The Red Ship Raiders continue to attack the coast and turn all survivors into zombie-like beings. In a desperate attempt to save the kingdom, Verity leaves his ailing father and pregnant wife in the hands of shady Regal so he can pursue the Elderlings spoken of in their land's ancient lore who were said to have some special power that may help end the coastal attacks. Needless to say, everything goes to hell in a hand basket.

This is a wonderful, well-written story. It was almost heartbreaking to read about the internal destruction of the kingdom and the king's court at the hands of dastardly Regal. I thought it had a great ending (which I will not reveal here). I'm looking forward to reading the last of this trilogy, as well as the other books Hobbs has written about this brilliant world she's created. ( )
  Belles007 | Jan 17, 2016 |
The second book in Robin's Hobb Farseer trilogy was just as engaging as the first. The characters were real and most of them grew in the book. There was a new character introduced that added a lot to the story. Like many second books in a series, there were a lot more questions and obstacles introduced than resolved, but it left me really wanted to pick up the third book immediately. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 13, 2016 |
Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy and rest of the The Realm of the Elderlings series are very highly rated on Goodreads scoring 4 average rating for each individual volume. Very few fantasy series can boast this kind of average rating. Ms. Hobb also does a great job of promoting her books by interacting with her readers through social media websites like Reddit. I find her to be friendly and approachable and always happy to recommend books by other authors.

Royal Assassin is the second book of the Farseer Trilogy and follows directly without a pause for breath from [b:Assassin's Apprentice|45107|Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)|Robin Hobb|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320339497s/45107.jpg|171715]. In this book our hero FitzChivalry finds himself increasingly beleaguered by the evil prince Regal and his henchmen. The entire book is set in Buckkeep the capital of the “Six Duchies” kingdom. Fitz finds love, a new animal soul mate, new allies and further develops his facilities for “Skilling” and “Wit” (magical / psychic abilities). None of these help him to avoid having the stuffing beaten out of him, but at least he manages to get in a couple of good jabs. With this kind of plot heavy adventure tale the less I reveal of the plot the better I believe.

The storyline of this series is refreshingly original in that it does not follow the standard epic quest story arc even though it does follow the development of the protagonist from childhood to adulthood. However, it is not strictly speaking a bildungsroman as it is also a story of court intrigues and a seemingly unwinnable war with mysterious invaders who can convert (“Forge”) normal people into emotionless subhumans. The fantastical elements in this series (so far) is quite subtle, there is no wizard blasting people with wild magic, turning people into newts etc. The magic in this book is more akin to the “psi powers” we see in sci-fi books or superhero comics, telepathy, shared minds, psychic battles and whatnot. There is also the mysterious magic of “Forging”.

Characterization as with the first book is very well done, all the characters are believable. Fitz has a very hard time of it with the odds always stacked against him. As with a lot of fantasy books the colorful supporting characters tend to be more interesting than the protagonist. With this series the most fascinating character is The Fool who is wonderfully enigmatic and eccentric with an idiosyncratic way of speaking. I imagine his dialogue must be quite difficult to write.

Ms. Hobb’s writing is very clean and a pleasure to read. It is difficult to explain the virtues of this kind of writing, the prose style is not highly literary or lyrical, yet it is graceful, and lucid. There is not a word out of place and the whole thing reads very smoothly, no jarring or clunky dialogue to stumble over. This writing style is reminds me of [a:Lois McMaster Bujold|16094|Lois McMaster Bujold|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1377313786p2/16094.jpg], [a:Connie Willis|14032|Connie Willis|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1199238234p2/14032.jpg] whose prose is always a pleasure to read. While the book is quite grim and violent in places I would not rank her among the likes of [a:George R.R. Martin|346732|George R.R. Martin|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1351944410p2/346732.jpg] and [a:Joe Abercrombie|276660|Joe Abercrombie|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1207149426p2/276660.jpg] as a purveyor of “grimdark”, super edgy fantasy novels, the violence is less graphic and there is no sex scenes to speak of. Her plotting, pacing and world building is very skillful and meticulous. She is also very clever with her cliff hanger and I am now very much looking forward to the concluding volume of this trilogy. After that I will no doubt go on to the second, third etc. trilogies of this lengthy The Realm of the Elderlings series. That should keep off the street for a while. ( )
  apatt | Dec 26, 2015 |
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"Het zijn kwade tijden. En ik vroeg me af of er wel ooit een eind aan zou komen. Het was een vraag die ik me in de daaropvolgende jaren nog vaak zou stellen." - FitzChevalric
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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.

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Fitz, crippled in his first mission as an assassin, intends to take refuge in a distant kingdom, but is drawn back to his home and the court of the Six Duchies when he learns the kingdom is under attack from outside enemies and inside traitors.

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