Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
(Farseer Trilogy)

63%

6 Critic Reviews

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.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.
 
Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands—and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robin Hobb's Assassin's Quest.
 
Praise for Robin Hobb and Royal Assassin
 
“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin
 
“[Robin] Hobb continues to revitalize a genre that often seems all too generic, making it new in ways that range from the subtle to the shocking.”—Locus
 
“[Royal Assassin] reaches astonishing new heights. . . . The Farseer saga is destined for greatness—a must-read for every devotee of epic fantasy.”—Sense of Wonder
 

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. 675 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Royal Assassin
All: 6 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

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.

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Fantasy Literature

Above average
on Mar 31 2012

Royal Assassin is an excellent second book in Robin Hobb’s FARSEER SAGA. It’s full of action, great characters, intense emotion, political intrigue, and ugly treachery.

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Boomtron

Above average
on Oct 17 2005

However, Hobb’s consistent weakness, the glacially moving plot, struggles to carry the story through this character development.

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Seized by the Tale

Above average

Royal Assassin, like its predecessor, is a good page-turner. The prose style isn't fancy, but it's competent and conveys the action well.

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Helium

Above average
on Jun 08 2010

I really enjoyed this book, but again didn't quite feel it was as good as it could have been. There was just something missing. On the plus side Hobb develops the characters very well.

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