Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
(Farseer/Robin Hobb)

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King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz—or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest—perhaps to death. Only Verity’s return—or the heir his princess carries—can save the Six Duchies.
 
But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him—currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was.
 
Praise for Robin Hobb and Assassin’s Quest
 
“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin
 
“An enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy, displaying an exceptional combination of originality, magic, adventure, character, and drama.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Superbly written, wholly satisfying, unforgettable: better than any fantasy trilogy in print—including mine!”—Melanie Rawn


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About Robin Hobb

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Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska. It was there that she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, and The Tawny Man Trilogy. Her books under the pseudonym Megan Lindholm include The Wizard of the Pigeons, Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves. Her short fiction has won the Asimov's Readers' Award and been finalists for both the Nebula and Hugo awards. She is also the author of The Inheritance, a collection of stories written under both names. For more information about Robin Hobb, please visit www.robinhobb.com
 
Published November 5, 2002 by Spectra. 757 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Poor Fitz, unable to contact his beloved Molly (she thinks he's dead) and daughter (by Molly) for fear of exposing them to Regal's attentions, uses his magic Skill to locate Verity and receives an imperious summons: ``COME TO ME!'' So, abandoning his plan to assassinate Regal, Fitz enters the mou...

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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.

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The bastard sons of kings play a noble role in fantasy: not only were King Arthur and Modred by-blows, but it is often suggested that Merlin himself came to power from the ``wrong side of the bed.'' While Hobb's offering has a few too many illegitimate heirs backstabbing around, this is still a d...

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Assassin and Royal Bastard FitzChivalry-having in Royal Assassin taken poison to escape torture at the hands of the usurper Regal, the brother of FitzChivalry's lost King Verity-is now reborn through his telepathic bond to Nighteyes, the wolf.

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Often confused with fantasy literature, magical realism has its own defining characteristics that sets it apart as a separate and popular genre.

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Fantasy Literature

As Fitz tries to hunt down Regal, Prince Verity begins skilling to Fitz and asking for help.

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Boomtron

Hobb’s strengths, the tactile first-person narrative and the fluid realism of Fitz’s mental connections with other characters, both flourish as Fitz’s mind becomes even more intertwined with Prince Verity and with a new animal character.

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Assassin’s Quest, the third book in Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy, picks up right where Royal Assassin ended.

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Seized by the Tale

Just try being FitzChivalry Farseer, the hero of Robin Hobb's Royal Assassin, sequel to Assassin's Apprentice.

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Seized by the Tale

Fitz's father, the ironically named Prince Chivalry, abdicates his place as King-in-Waiting when the truth about Fitz is known, depriving the boy of formal acknowledgement.

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Seized by the Tale

Fitz's former life was devoted to duty, serving King Shrewd of the Six Duchies secretly as an assassin.

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