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Moordenaar des Konings (Farseer Trilogy #2)

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De jeugdige bastaard Fitz heeft zijn eerste opdrachten in dienst van de machtige Zienerkoning Vlijm de Listige met succes voltooid. Nu, verbitterd en teleurgesteld, en half kreupel na een bijna frontale confrontatie met een valse tegenstander verbergt hij zich bij de vreemde Chyurd, vastbesloten hun gastvrije Bergrijk nooit meer te verlaten.
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Hardcover, 608 pages
Published August 1998 by Meulenhoff-*M (first published April 1996)
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Hellz Pearson-Child Yes the books is clean in all these standards. There are battle but they are not described much in detail or with much gruesome, as the story is the…moreYes the books is clean in all these standards. There are battle but they are not described much in detail or with much gruesome, as the story is the focus of Fitz's growth and also his work as an Assassin not a warrior. Sex is referenced in the book but it is not described via foul language or strong innuendo. They last less than a paragraph and is described with complete taste from the point of view of someone looking back on the emotions and bond of such a commitment, not the physical act. (less)

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I will rant about this book, there's no doubt in my mind. I'm simply trying to gather my thoughts. Let's try with the first book, "Assassin's Apprentice," shall we?

I liked Book I. It was a beginning story, a training story. Young FitzChivalry is the bastard son of King-in-Waiting Chivalry and has to come to terms with a world that doesn't want him. King Shrewd, however, decides to train him as an assassin from an early age, and so begins young Fitz' journey into adulthood and the intrigues of th
Bookworm Sean
Jan 03, 2016 Bookworm Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, robin-hobb
Fitzchivalry really does feel sorry for himself. He is very whiney at times, and this is often misinterpreted as self-indulgent uselessness. But, in my opinion, that’s completely unfair. Resting on his shoulders is a whole host of burdens. They would, no doubt, overcome a lesser man. Every decision he makes is hindered by his obligations. Indeed, nothing is easy for Fitz; he is restricted by his position in the world. This doesn’t make him useless, but limited in the actual paths he can take. So ...more
Buddy read with Alexa!

Come, hunt with me, the invitation whispers in my heart. Leave the pain behind and let your life be your own again. There is a place where all time is now, and the choices are simple and always your own.
Wolves have no kings.

After the harrowing experience in the Mountain Kingdom, FitzChivalry returns to Buckkeep and the Farseer court. Having barely survived his first real mission as a royal assassin, Fitz first vowed to renounce his oath to King Shrewd and abandon the shadow
Nov 23, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap, that was a good book. I made the mistake of reading until past my bedtime to finish. Not only did I lose some sleep before starting a work week, but I then gave myself a series of messed up dreams as my poor little brain processed the end of this book.


Not a lot I can say without spoilers. But Hobb is definitely moving up a few spots on my author list. Assassin's Apprentice was a very good book. Intriguing characters in a (seemingly)simple but interesting world with a good story.
Feb 07, 2013 Hanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin Hobb knows how to surprise. Not the jump-out-of-the-cake-type of surprises, but she plays with your feelings as a reader. You get this dreaded feeling, and you start thinking that surely she is not going to go there…? And yet, she does. She plays with her characters like cats play with mice.

I really liked book two of this series. The only reason it does get the full five stars is because I struggled with believability in a big part of the middle section. The fact that Regal can do whateve
The exercise for centering oneself is a simple one. Stop thinking of what you intend to do. Stop thinking of what you have just done. Then, stop thinking that you have stopped thinking of those things. Then you will find the Now, the time that stretches eternal, and is really the only time there is. Then, in that place, you will finally have time to be yourself.

Royal Assassin continues the story of FitzChivalry, the bastard son of a prince living as the King's assassin in the kingdom of the Six
Sep 12, 2014 Alexa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Markus! Who unlike me, wrote a coherent and thoughtful review you can read here.
752 pages.

This book was 752 pages long.


Dune is less than 752 pages.

If you combine The Fellowship of the Rings and The Two Towers together, it's still less than 752 pages.

And in both cases, even with the comparable page count they managed to condense a LOT of story between their covers.

In this case we had 752 pages of filler. Very little happened, and the
David Sven
Aug 13, 2012 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Two words to describe Book 2 - Bigger and Better. Yes, the book is bigger, by over half, than the first, but also Fitz is bigger (literally). He becomes proficient in bigger weapons. He is given bigger responsibilities. He bonds with a bigger beast. And he has grown a bigger pair. What's more, Fitz is a better fighter. A better killer. A better assassin.

Hobb takes us back to the Kingdom of The Six Duchies and the story picks up shortly after the events of Book one. Right from the start we know
Mike (the Paladin)
Oh good grief!!!!! I'm only a little way into this book but I'm already sick of the main character's whining. He sounds like Thomas Covenant. If this keeps up I don't know if I can take it.

"woe is me, I'm in such bad shape, I got such a raw deal...oh poor me". Of course he said he didn't want anyone to pity him...but you couldn't tell it from the way he sounds. Hope this changes.


Well, I'm through this one and about half way through the third in the
Apr 11, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Julie by: Bryon
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not sure I can say enough to convey my love for these books. Starting with Assassin's Apprentice, they tell the story of FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard pseudo-prince of the Farseer line (with a detour to Bingtown in the Ship books, but read them anyway - it's important). One thing I love about these books is how people are named after personality traits: Chivalry, Verity, Shrewd, Regal, Patience, Modesty.... etc. After a while you completely forget they aren't just names. :)

Robin Hobb's writi
Aug 12, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly wonderful story.. enthralling and magical!
Dirk Grobbelaar
Jul 27, 2011 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
This trilogy probably constitutes one of the better bildungsroman examples in fantasy. The saga of FitzChivalry Farseer is a remarkable one, no doubt. Sitting down to write this review, I find myself at a loss for words. If I were to list all the reasons why I enjoy these novels, I would be revealing any number of spoilers. I will say this: despite its veneer of simplicity, this novel is actually quite complex. Great care is taken with the characters, and while the plot is certainly exciting at ...more
[3.5 Stars] I am so conflicted about this book. I loved the beginning and the end of this book, but the middle was really flat for me. I think when you sit down and look at the details of this book like the writing, the character development, the subtle things Robin Hobb does in each chapter to really bring this story to life it is really phenomenal. When you step back and look at this book as a whole, however, I think it is overall too long, repetitive, anti-climatic, and almost like a filler b ...more
Mar 29, 2010 Vivian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
Like some other reviewers said, this is an incredibly depressing book. I basically skimmed the last third waiting for something good to happen to Fitz (the main character). The "good" guys all know who the bad guy is (Royal), yet still manages to passively ignore that he may be behind EVERY bad thing that happens thus allowing him to achieve his every evil deed. I don't need 600+ pages of overly stupid characters. I know it's a trilogy and eventually, good more or less prevails over evil but ugh ...more
Jake Menne
Jul 22, 2014 Jake Menne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
I’m calling it at 38%.

People obviously like this book and I can see why. It’s interesting and well written. But if I’m going to read a book written in first person I need to identify, relate, sympathize, or (most importantly) like the main character. To me, Fitz is a whinny brat. He is constantly full of self-pity and wishing he wasn’t a bastard and complaining about how hard his life is and how no one likes him. I just wanted to jump in the book, grab him by the shoulders and say “Bro! Patience
Jan 11, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 F
Franco  Santos
Nov 01, 2015 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robin-hobb
Excelente continuación. Mucho más compleja y palpitante.

A menudo se tilda de locos a los hombres apasionados.

Al principio se me hizo muy pesado; no le encontraba sentido a nada. Aparentaba relleno y más relleno. Pero a medida que avanzaba la autora me enseñaba que todo era por algo.


Lo que sí no me gustó fue cómo trató el amor en este libro. Me resultó muy estúpido. Si al menos lo hubiera tratado de una manera menos infantil, me hubiera agradado.

Creo que llevaba tanto tiempo solo que se me habí
Narmeen Hyder
Aug 19, 2015 Narmeen Hyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh, the plot is clever, cleverer and cleverest!

I will happily pretend that I inhaled some of that Smoke from King Shrewd's room and forget all about that one Molly and 'wit' disturbing moment (those that have read the book know what I'm talking about yes?). Let's just say that I did not close my book and take a break from what had just surpassed between them.

Leanne (Booksandbabble)
Having only lately delved into the world of fantasy I can already state that I do not think any other book in the genre will compare to The Farseer Trilogy. I cannot get enough and am so delighted that I have not yet made a dent in Robin Hobbs's oeuvre.

Royal Assassin continues from where the first book leaves off. FitzChivalry has yet again to outwit and outmaneuver intriguers within Buckkeep, all the while trying not to get himself and the people he loves killed. With the Red Ships raiding th
Xime García
Apr 14, 2015 Xime García rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reseñados
Ven, caza conmigo, susurra la invitación de mi corazón.
Deja atrás el dolor y recupera tu vida. Hay un lugar donde cada momento es ahora, y las decisiones son sencillas y siempre te pertenecen.
Los lobos no tienen rey.



No sé. No me quejo de nada. Absolutamente nada. Robin Hobb ha creado un mundo tan entrañable y personajes tan comprensibles que me cuesta pensar en algo mejor que esto, solo comparable con las obras que crea Maese Pat Rothfuss. Van cabeza a cabeza en mi lista
Sep 27, 2014 Em rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much has happened in Fitz's life since Assassin's Apprentice it's hard to take it all in. This is my third time of reading this series and I cannot believe how much I'd either forgotten or missed in my previous readings.

Fitz still suffers much more than any boy his age should and it's difficult to read at times, especially the last few chapter when he's being tortured. He's incredibly lonely, having lost Molly once again but at least he's found acceptance and companionship with brother Night
Aug 13, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just can't seem to stop reading fantasy fiction. Robin Hobb is another one of those authors whose name comes up when people ask about fantasy that isn't truely, terribly, unbearably awful, and I guess there's a grain of truth in that. While I was really ready for this trilogy to end by the time it chose to do so, it wasn't quite as bad as some stuff I've read.

In fact, there's actually a fair amount to like here. I really dug the way that psionics and mental powers like mind control and telepat
Nov 25, 2015 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As befits the second part of a trilogy, ‘Royal Assassin’ strives to be more epic, to paint on a much larger scale and to throw chip after chip on the table as it raises the bloodied stakes. (Even if, as also befits the second part of a trilogy it tells a story that we all know at the outset is going to finish inconclusively.) Hobb is an expert story-teller, who marries great respect for plot momentum of plot to the ability to conjure far away (and imaginary) places with rich ease. That being sai ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Hari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
There's only so much negativity that I can take before I decide that a book isn't worth it. Considering the fact that I really liked the first, I had high hopes for this one; But the whole air of hopelessness that hangs over every single event in Royal Assassin just makes it hard to swallow. I'd have imagined the lead character 'Fitz' to have grown up a bit for this second book but, if anything, he's more of an idiot. Some of the decisions made by the good guys just make no sense whatsoever.

Kat  Hooper
Apr 03, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

FitzChivalry Farseer, who barely survived an assassination attempt by his uncle, Prince Regal, has returned to Buckkeep where the King, his grandfather, lies dying. His other uncle, Prince Verity, is exhausting himself by trying to keep the kingdom together in the face of increasing attacks by the Red Ship Raiders. The Raiders continue to capture and, through some unknown process, “Forge” citizens of the Six Duchies. When these Forged citizens, who are now
Feb 13, 2013 Candace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, hobb
Rating- 4.5 I had to think about this rating for awhile. All through this book, I was sure I was going to give it a five. What happened? The ending. Major plot lines were left unresolved. I expect there to be some unanswered questions and unsolved problems at the end. This is the middle book of a trilogy. I'm sure all will be resolved in the third book. However, my quibble is with the importance of the plot lines that were left unresolved. I believe for the most part books should stand on their ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Sebastien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dang. I had to put this book down after the first 200 pages and start something else. That’s how gut wrenchingly frustrating and slow this book was. It was constant inner monologue, boring dialogue, more inner monologue, then more dialogue leading to nowhere. Felt like an endless maze featuring characters constantly wringing their hands while doing nothing.

But I came back to the book. And so happy I did. Part of the strength, but also weakness of the books, is that the dialogues and inner monolo
Jan 23, 2016 Kalin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've encountered few characters as likable as those in the Farseer Trilogy. There was a moment near the end of this book--a small one, nothing quite spectacular--when Burrich gently chided Fitz for not believing his friends care enough for him. It made things click into place. Before that, I simply knew I loved the characters; now I knew why. Because they weren't loners, individualists, the solitary supermen/embittered hermits of oh so many Western fantasies. They rubbed shoulders with each othe ...more
Kevin Xu
I found this book to the best of the three because the first was the introduction and way, and the third is the how, this is the why behind the whole trilogy.
Nov 20, 2014 Manju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, 2014
second book of the Farseer Trilogy and it started right from where the book one had ended. Fitz is still under the effects of poison and Kettricken is now in Buckkeep. So when he comes back to Buckkeep he finds himself facing following issues:

1)his King Shrewd ill and hardly able to take his own decisions. Fitz blames Regal for the illness of Shrewd but couldn’t prove so.
2)Molly is in Buckkeep and ignoring him. Lady Patience also warned him not to stalk Molly.
3)Verity has locked himself in his
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Farseer Trilogy (3 books)
  • Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
  • Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)

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