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Royal Assassin (1996)

by Robin Hobb

Other authors: Magali Villeneuve (Illustrator)

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Series: Realm of the Elderlings (2), The Farseer Trilogy (Book 2)

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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 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.… (more)
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Excellent read! ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
This is the 2nd book in The Farseer Trilogy . The first Book lays the foundation for all that is to come, it is a must read before diving into this one. Also note, this series is the first in 16 (yea!! I love a long series) books that take place in The Realm of the Elderings.

Our Protagonist Fitz still narrates the story. Fitz is the bastard son of the late King-in-waiting Chivalry-He has become the King, Shrewd's, man(read Assassin) with style and little grace...The Outislanders are still raiding and killing and somehow stealing the souls of those they don't kill. New King-in-waiting Verity takes Fitz under his wing, and nasty 3rd son Prince Regal still drools for the throne. Mix all this in the pot and you have the definition of Epic Fantasy.

Robin Hobb's skill at world building and character development continues to shine. She is sure to become one of my favorite authors to read. I just learned that she also writes on the name Megan Lindholm -super exciting to know there are more books out there! ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
Middle book of a trilogy - not usually that great, right? Just a bunch of junk between the scene setting of the first book and the thrilling finale of the third. Well, not this book. This is tense, gripping, exciting stuff! I could barely put it down, and read it over a weekend, and went out hunting for volume 3 just two days later.

So what's so great? Book 1, [b:Apprentice Assassin|45107|Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)|Robin Hobb|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320339497s/45107.jpg|171715], ends with Fitz, the main character, in desperate straits, but with some hope that things in the world are looking up. Well, this volume details the difficult and painful ways Fitz must cope with his troubles, while the state of the world doesn't improve after all, but instead grows steadily worse, and Fitz's enemies continue to thrive. I don't want to say a word about how this one ends, because it's really not what I expected, and I'd hate to spoil the surprise for anyone.
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  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
I am really enjoying this series. Great characters, good story. ( )
  Rick686ID | Jan 27, 2021 |
copy-pasted from my Librarything account: Very very entertaining, gripping and exciting follow-up. Fitz goes into so many adventures, so much intrigue and so forth he almost dies, but recovers thanks to few beloved ones. People he grew up with since he was dumped at Buckkeep. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robin Hobbprimary authorall editionscalculated
Villeneuve, MagaliIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boehmer, PaulNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howe, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santikko, SauliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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in the portuguese edition the royal assassion was split between o punhal do soberano e a corte dos traidores
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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 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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