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Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy #3)

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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 t ...more
Kindle Edition, 757 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Spectra (first published 1997)
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Markus
Buddy read with Alexa!

It’s a hard thing to do to constantly force yourself onward in a series that has never managed to fully catch your interest, just waiting for it to improve. And then to reach the end and realise that it doesn’t.

I really wanted to like this series. After finishing both the first and the second book I was torn between two different ratings, and on both occasions decided to give the book the highest one. All in hope of drastic improvements that could make the series as interes
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Erik
After the spine-tingling cliff-hanger at the close of the book two, I was fully expecting a cathartic close in this the third and final book in the Farseer trilogy. However, I found myself getting bored with the tiresome -- and seemingly endless -- quest that took far too much of the last half of this 700-some-page finale. Perhaps it was the monotony of the long-haul slough that our hero and his allies endured for 200-plus pages , or even the deus ex machina by way of dragons. (How convenient an ...more
Rabindranauth
I think that one of the inherent dangers of a character driven novel is that sometimes characters can only logically go in one direction, and sometimes it's a direction you don’t want them to.

Continuing directly after the end of Royal Assassin, Fitz is in even worse condition than he was at the beginning of the book. Except in this case, he has mental damage. With King Regal’s abandoning of the Coastal Duchies to the brutality of the Red Ships, the end has begun for the Six Duchies. Prince Verit
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Kaora
He shall thirst for the blood of his own kin, and his thirst shall go unslaked. The Catalyst shall hunger for a hearth and children in vain, for his children shall be another's and another's child his own.

For approximately 60% of this book I was positive it was going to be 2-3 stars. For such a massive book there didn't seem to be a lot happening. We follow Fitz as he attempts to find himself after dying and being reborn after living as a wolf. It begins very interesting, but soon began to drag
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Alexa
Buddy read with Markus

I have a lot of friends who love Hobb's series, so I'm going to assume the problem here is one of compatibility: this book and I, we're just not compatible.

I tend to like plot driven books, well developed villains, and I don't want a Gary Stu protagonist, but I do want my hero to be heroic. To win from time to time. It's the main character and I'm following his story, of course I'm going to root for him!

Sadly this book followed a pattern I didn't like:

1. Fitz would do som
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Damian Dubois
Just as a friendly word of warning this review contains many spoilers that haven’t been wrapped in spoiler tags so I would recommend only reading this review if you have already completed the Farseer Trilogy. Wouldn’t want to ruin things for you…

At the end of Royal Assassin we were left on a cliffhanger which saw Chade and Burrich engaging in a little spot of grave robbing, an exhumation of sorts to reunite Fitz’s soul with something that sets Nighteyes hackles ajar, something he describes as sm
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Cameron
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I very rarely give only one star; it feels melodramatic, especially since I gave Royal Assassin five. But after the quality of the first two books in this trilogy, I was shocked and appalled by this one--and, what's worse, I was bored.

In this book, Fitz leaves Buckkeep and all of the other characters we've come to know and love over the first two books. He spends most of the 760-page book hiking across the continent, much of it alone, much of the rest with random throwaway characters who appear
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Jamie
For all my complaints about this trilogy, it speaks volumes that I read all three fat paperbacks in less than two weeks. The narrative is riveting, even in this last book which has long sections where people are mostly walking. Not all of the characterizations were successful, but I don't often feel as much of a connection with a protagonist as I did to Fitz.

I'm slightly dissatisfied with the overall scope of the story, but I really enjoyed the details the author includes, details that may very
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C.
Jul 08, 2008 C. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C. by: My brother
Shelves: fantasy, never-again
I read this trilogy on the recommendation of my brother, who was thoroughly enjoying the novels.

The first in the series was okay--not great, but good enough to keep me reading. I started becoming doubtful when I read the second, but when I got to this one, I was downright angry with some of the decisions "the good guys" made, and one decision in particular that I found downright reprehensible, which the character (and thus the author) essentially justified as "for the good of the people" and thu
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Ben Babcock
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well, there were times when I would have rated this a bit higher, a 4. Other times I had a little trouble with it being a 3. The book however is better than the second volume in the series so, lets call this the illusive and much longed for 3.5 stars.

Robin Hobb is a talented writer, but I doubt I'll ever actually be a fan. She enjoys too much creating a character the reader cares about and then putting said character through hell...a long extended hell. Maybe it's even a guided tour of hell. The
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Chris
I had to let this one settle on a night's sleep before rating it.

There were times when I wanted to give this book 3-stars, because while I enjoyed it all the way through, it wasn't as tension packed as Book 2 and it moved slowly for most of the book. But then there were times I wanted to give it 5-stars because Hobb further develops characters I have come to love and wraps up all her loose threads nicely.

So I settled on 4, which is good because I didn't like it quite as well as Book 1, which I
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Nicole
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Kat  Hooper
This review refers to the whole Farseer Trilogy:

I read The Farseer Saga years ago and it is still one of my favorite epic fantasies. Its main strengths are its simple writing style and excellent characterization.

Robin Hobb's prose is lovely — straightforward and simple. It never calls attention to itself (and therefore away from the story). The characters are complex and believable. Fitz is my favorite fantasy "hero" and someone I came to really care about. He's not perfect, he's not beautiful,
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Hanne
Such a worthy ending to a fabulous trilogy!
I really liked the story and how she wraps it all together. It's different enough from the previous books, and it fits with Fitz growing up and leaving the original scope of his live.

One thing that Robin Hobb does remarkably well, is make you care so much for the main characters. I got incredibly protective of Fitz, and was hunting down every other character who dared to touch a hair on his head.

Loved it!
Gavin
This was a satisfying conclusion to the Farseer trilogy. All of the major plot arcs were tied up, some quite unexpectedly.

The writing here is as good as one might expect from Robin Hobb, but the story itself does suffer in the middle phase of the book. Fitz spent far to long on a lengthy and boring journey to find Verity. This significant parts of this journey could have been told in a tenth of the time and the story would have benefited from the tighter pacing.

I was happy with the first part
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

FitzChivalry Farseer’s life keeps getting worse. He has once again barely — and I mean just barely — survived Uncle Regal’s machinations. As Assassin’s Quest, the third book in Robin Hobb’s FARSEER trilogy, opens, Fitz’s situation seems hopeless. Only a couple of people know he still lives and Molly is not one of them. She’s gone, and it seems safest for Fitz to let her live in ignorance.

Meanwhile, Fitz’s uncle Regal has declared himself king in the Six Du
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Jason Webster
Why oh why! I had people tell me this book was awful, but I thought well if it's worse then the first 2 then it will still be good because I really enjoyed the first 2 books. If you have read the first 2... STOP THERE and imagine your own ending for Fitz because this one sucks!

If you would have told me when I finished book 2 that I would not read the Tawny Man series because Assassin's Quest was "that bad" I would have told you you were crazy.

If she would re-write this book I would buy it. Serio
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Leippya
Apr 17, 2008 Leippya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fan of Fantasy
Recommended to Leippya by: Kaitlynn Plinhe
Shelves: fantasy
This book is like a drug. Any time you close it to get on with your life it will keep coming back to your mind and distract you with a craving to know how Fitz can escape, or how he can survive, or how he's going to get out of that one or solve this problem or just what he can do next after all he's been through, and the big questions that have been hanging since Book 1 and 2 push the reader to just. Keep. Reading. More.

Some might find the very beginning a bit slow, but to me the real story star
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Traci
Wow. At the start of this book I wasn't sure I'd like it. Part of the charm of the other two were the characters. And Fitz being on his own throughout most of the first half I really missed them. But the second half makes up for any misgivings I had about the first. Beautiful. Bittersweet. A fitting end. The first two books show the Farseer family through the eyes of young Fitz. The last book is all Fitz and how he has grown as a character. I can now say one of my favorite series. And this is my ...more
David Sven
In this final book of The Farseer Trilogy we move out of Buck County to follow FitzChivalry on a journey of loyalty and revenge. All the world, save for a few, think the Witted bastard is dead. After his resurrection through the Wit magic, Fitz finds himself free to pursue his personal vengeance on Regal the usurper. But being dead does not, apparently, free one from sworn service to the throne. And when Verity calls for Fitz using the Skill, the Royal Assassin finds himself torn between living ...more
Jennifer
So I'd have to say book 3 in the trilogy was about the bleakest... while I was reading book 2 I thought Fitz's life was rather undirected and tragic. But I would have to say book 3 put book 2 to shame in that regard. Poor Fitz is really left with nothing... not totally unexpected, since he actually got killed off in book 2 and then resurrected for book 3 anyway. But not a happy ending. No vindication for past wrongs. There is some growth and maturation here (finally) for our boy-hero. But I susp ...more
Zayne
Sep 10, 2013 Zayne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a gripping story
This book was extraordinary! I mean there were so many emotions this book drew out of me that by the end of it, I was like a Forged one. So much suspense, drama, action, plot twists. I just wanted to keep reading and reading until I finished it. (Too bad I didn't have the time to do it in just a few sittings.)

And although I loved the book, it was not really what I expected especially 3/4 of the way through. It went from a lot of suspense, chases, and drama to a whole lot of constant traveling. A
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Beril
3. kitaptan çok seriye genel bir bakış yapacak olursam; ilk başlarda olay kurgusu biraz yavaş aksa da zamanla kitaplar beni tamamen kendine bağladı. o kadar ki serinin devam kitaplarını da okumak için büyük bir heves içindeyim. ana karakterin mükemmel olmaması, hatta çoğu yerde kusurluluğu serinin en çok hoşuma giden yanlarından biri. genelde fantastik kurgu kitaplarda kahramanlar ya çok güçlü, ya çok yetenekli, ya çok yakışıklı, ya da çok zekiyken(ve hatta çoğu zaman hepsi birden)Fitz bir çok k ...more
Geekritique
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At the close of Robin Hobb’s first trilogy within her Realm of the Elderlings, FitzChivalry Farseer has become, in my eyes, as beloved a character as Frodo Baggins, Tyrion Lannister, or even Kvothe. The amount of love she bestows upon the characters and then takes away, particularly him, is terrifying. And beautiful. And tragic. Robin Hobb is on a plane all her own in terms of storytelling, and getting you to truly feel for her characters.

Assa
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Em
I found this reread particularly tough going. I still enjoyed it just as much as the previous two times, Robin's writing is superb and the story is compelling, but I felt overwhelmed with sadness for Fitz and Verity.

Things usually tend to improve for the characters and have a way of working out at the end of a series, but that's not the case with the Farseer Trilogy. Things just go from bad to worse for Fitz, as gradually he loses everything he has (apart from Nighteyes, thank god!). It's heart
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Darcy
Most authors strike their biggest blows by killing characters the reader loves, but Robin Hobb has the unique ability to make a character's life more tragic than any death could ever be. The Farseer trilogy is without a doubt the saddest series I've ever read. You keep thinking things will get better, something must go right, but it never does. Couple that with Hobb's brilliantly formed characters that you can't help but love and it's a depressing read all around.

Admittedly the first quarter of
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Andrew
After reading the first two in the series, I had expectations and predictions as to how this one would unfold. What ends up happening can be summed up in my feeling that this book just felt LONG. The first quarter of the book took it's time to settle up the events of Royal Assassin. Just when it starts to build up steam by the middle, the plot slows to a crawl with what felt like a ridiculously drawn out camping trip. Up until the last quarter of the book, I still held out that some of my hopes ...more
Kelly
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