Royal Assassin (Cycle de l'Assassin Royal #2)
Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and returns to the court where he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life. With the K...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Robin Hobb's writi...more
There should be a law against ending books like this, especially when they're the second part of a trilogy. Imagine what it must have been like for the poor souls who read this on the day of release, and then had to wait another year to find out what happened next.
Royal Assassin continues the story of Fitz, son of an abdicated prince, assassin for the king, user of magic both human and bestial. It also continues the building of the world of the Six Duchie...more
A major aspect of the story is the hopelessness of the main characters' struggle. I understand it is a work of fiction and as such, the plotline can develop in any which way. But I found it hard to accomodate to a world in which the antagonist broke every rule and succeeded in every plan, while the heroes played by the book and were systematically crushed.
"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...more
The pacing is slightly off at times and Fitz doesn't really go outside of Buckeep very much at all in this story, which limits the adventure feel that most fantasy novels contain...but really, it's not that big of a deal. For what it lacks in adventure it certainly makes up for with some really cool magic, romance...more
In other words, it looked like the cover of a thousand fantasy novels, all of them miserable pieces of garbage. And while Alaron has good taste in books, I never had any reason to believe that t...more
The one thing - and I didn't realize this until I got all the way through the book - is that this is set in a medieval millieu, and yet there is no religion. None! No church, no priests (or imams, or what-have-you), no people occasionally praying - it's as if they're an entirely atheistic world. While I find it interesting, I think it's also a big hole in the story. Even if the auth...more
The italic text at the start of each chapter is a distraction, constantly pulling you out of the story. The villain is so incredibly cliche that you start to think up better scenarios in your head than the ending you're left with.
This book disappointed me. I...more
In questo volume si assiste ad una battaglia per il potere che vede coinvolti il Re Sagace, vecchio e malato, il Re-in-Attesa Veritas, oberato dalla sua personale lotta ai pirati della Nave Rossa combattuta con l'arma dell'Arte; ed infine il viziatissimo Principe Regal, ultimogenito di Sagace, disposto a tutto pur di riuscire a mettere le mani sulla corona.
La loro è una lotta che si svolge all'ombra, a colpi d'intr
book 2: great characters with a great coming of age story - see characters evolve, excellent plot that keeps you guessing with intrigue and will not let you put it down - finished at 2:40am
The Farseer trilogy is one of the best fantasy series I've read...right up there with George R.R. Martin. The characters were excellent...very detailed and extremely well drawn. The characters are very human - you can see them evolve and can come to care about them very easily. The main charact...more
The characters. This is a story about the characters. Lots of reviewers and other people I know have said this series is boring. And while the book definitely kept moving, it's not like those fantasy novels where there's a swordfight on every other page. People considering reading this series...more
I found myself caught in that in-between place where I both wanted desperately to read more, but at the same time I was afraid...more
What did I like? I like the development of the magics. Hobb delves more into the Skill and the Wit - the wolf Nig...more
Whilst many readers had hoped for more swash-buckling action of a lithe assassin within the court (which is rather thrilling), I beg to ask readers to look back at book one and see that Fitz never really enjoyed killing.
I find this book explored a "coming of age" for Fitz. Sure, most of OUR coming-of-age stories involve slogging it out for minimum wage, mov...more
Royal Assassin is the second of Hobb's Farseer trilogy, and it is a novel which very definitely points the way to part three. At its beginning, the situation is difficult for the Six Duchies and for Fitz, the illegitimate royal prince who is the hero of the series. The kingdom is being invaded by the Outislanders, who turn many of its subjects into the Forged (virtually mindless beings who live only to satisfy their desires, whatever the cost...more
Robin Hobb's use of language is just a treat. Her style is elevated, without being annoying (like some Victorians). The characters she's created are real and vivi...more
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb is the story of Fitz, a bastard of the royal line and tool of royal family. He struggles to carve out a life of is own while serving as a playing piece in the games of courtly intrigue at Buckkeep, all the while struggling to come to terms with his affinity for the Wit - an empathy with animals viewed as an abomination. Meanwhile, the lands of the Six Duchies are threatened by unnatural raiders from fa...more
In questo libro si assiste, si, alla maturazione di Fitz, al suo diventare uomo, al suo trovare un vero legame con lo Spirito... ma sopratutto si respira un'atmosfera di angoscia e di insofferenza.
Le cose vanno sempre peggio, contro i pirati, e nessuna contromisura adottata da Veritas sembra sortire gli effetti desiderati. Resta solo una folle idea, quella di ricercare l'aiuto degli Antichi che già un tempo salvarono i Ducati.
Così tutto si trascina len...more
There is more exploration of the two different types of magic, which are both interesting and at least one is fairly unique to the fantasy setting. I look forward to getting more information about this particular aspect of Hobb's universe in the final book.
Royal Assassin is pretty rough to read. Not because it is poorly written, but because thing...more
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