- Series: Farseer Trilogy (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Spectra (February 3, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553573411
- ISBN-13: 978-0553573411
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 665 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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From Kirkus Reviews
Second entry in Hobb's fantasy series about the Six Duchies and their Farseer kings (Assassin's Apprentice, 1995). At Buckkeep, King Shrewd lies dying, attended only the by the faithful, enigmatic Fool; King in Waiting Verity spends all his time Skilling to befuddle and bemuse the dreaded Red Ship Raiders, while his beautiful, neglected wife, Kettricken, wanders disconsolately. Young FitzChivalry, still ailing after his previous mission, tries to serve both Shrewd and Verity while seeking ways to frustrate the vaulting ambitions of Shrewd's youngest son, the viperous Prince Regal. Shrewd, meantime, has forbidden poor Fitz to marry his beloved Molly, a commoner. Fitz also possesses the Wit, an ability to talk to and empathize with animals, and he bonds with a young wolf he rescues from cruel captivity. Verity builds his own warships, but still can't defeat the Raiders--and the weaker Verity grows, the more the people listen to Regal's treacherous murmurings. Finally, Verity goes into the mountains seeking the Elderlings, a godlike race that helped a previous Farseer king to defeat the Raiders, leaving Fitz to protect Kettricken and Shrewd. Another spellbinding installment, built of patient detail, believable characters, and mature plotting--though, at an unwarranted 608 pages, there are ominous signs that Hobb's beginning to lose control of her narrative. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Regal continues his evil plottings to the point, it's very difficult to understand why the powers that be don't simply have him killed. King-in-Waiting, Verity, continues to be hidden away as he uses his "Skill" magic to protect the coastal lands from the Red Ship Raiders. This leaves him very little time to become bonded with his young queen, Kittrecken, from the Mountain Kingdom. I love Kittrecken - she's a class act all the way. She and Fitz form a close alliance which allows him to ever so slightly begin to influence Verity toward his marriage.
In this book, the magical beings referred to as the "Elderlings" come into focus and Verity ultimately leaves Buck Castle to try and locate these people of legend, hoping they will hold to their promise to come and help should they be needed. Unfortunately, Verity's absence and King Shrewd's fading away makes it possible for Regal to maneuver himself into a position of strength and power. There's much darkness toward the end of the book related to Regal's hatred toward Fitz. This was difficult for me to work through and even though I've read this book previously, I actually dreaded wending my way through it all. In this book, Fitz learns his ability to Skill is still there although greatly diminished due to what Galen and his coterie put him through in the previous book.
Robin Hobb's gift in building her stories is literally amazing. Every single page is filled with details that vastly contribute to the storyline. It's almost as though she's recording a story about real happenings. The imagination of some of these authors is a marvel.
This series really has something for everyone in it. You don't have to be a big fan of medieval settings to love the plot line. While here and there it is predictable, much will come as a surprise. These books will literally run the gamut of emotions from making you laugh to bringing a tear to your eye. Some characters you will love so much that you hold your breath, while others you hate so much that you're mentally inventing ways to be rid of them through your time with them.
The story follows Fitzchivalry Farseer. While you'll enjoy Fitz, the other characters in the book are just as rich and full. It's from a first person perspective. I love the author's style in that she makes histories and backgrounds easy to read by peppering the book with them in short little bursts at the beginning of each chapter, rather than making your read a long, boring prologue.
This is not your typical "assassin" book set.