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Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy #2)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  86,678 Ratings  ·  2,148 Reviews
This is the sequel to the highly successful Assassin's Apprentice, which sees family betrayal, treachery and assassination in the six Duchies.
Mass Market Paperback, 752 pages
Published March 1997 by Voyager (first published April 1996)
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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
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.
helen the bookowl
Mar 18, 2016 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this second book of The Farseer Trilogy being a little bit sceptical. I'd heard a lot of people claiming that it contains too many pages and a lot of dull passages. I do see where those people are coming from, but even though not every page is action-filled, I still really really enjoyed it.
In this book, I grew even more attached to Fitz as well as the heavy cast of characters that are introduced in this sequel. I felt like Robin Hobb juggled a lot of more balls in this story which
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
May 03, 2016 Denisse rated it really liked it
Shelves: crushes
These characters make me feel so much. In the other hand, the plot line and main problem of the book is so generic it actually disappoints a bit. If I didn’t care so much for the characters I would’ve very probably disliked it. Fitz returns home, forced to forget what happened in the last book but unable to succeed, his loyalty to Verity will set the premise for the sequel and his secrets the tone. Having the same structure than its predecessor, Royal Assassin starts out slowly and catapults the ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Kaora rated it liked it
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
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
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
[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
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
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
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
Duchess Nicole
I'm not sure how I feel about this series/book. I kind of get into the middle of the book and start metaphorically leaning forward, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Only I lean forward for a really long time, only to get shoved violently backward at the ending. So disorienting. Like...what the actual hell just happened? Is the series going an entirely new direction?

Poor Fitz. Kid can't catch a break. Poor Verity. Poor Shrewd. Poor Chade. Poor Molly. Poor Burich. Poor Patience. Poor everyone.
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
Aug 12, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly wonderful story.. enthralling and magical!
Jake Menne
Jul 22, 2014 Jake Menne rated it it was ok
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
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
Jul 20, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Infinitely more enjoyable than book 1!
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
Apr 17, 2016 Leona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is huge, more than 700 pages but I gobbled it up in 3 days. Some reviewers complained about it being too slow at places, but I think that’s bollocks. Just because there’s no fast paced action doesn’t mean it’s slow in my book, the whole series is remarkable with its emotional intensity and great characters, so for me internal struggles doesn’t count as slow.

Things start to get brutal here, poor Fitz gets a few days of peace but Robin Hobb has a particular gift for torturing her charact
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
At another time, I might have given this book a full four stars, but I've been on a streak of reading really great books lately, and this ended up feeling overly long, as well as frustrating due to some plot decisions that I just hate, even if I get why they're there.

This is the second in Hobb's Farseer trilogy, and for me unfortunately, a lot of it felt like a replay of conflicts and events from the first book, only on a widening scale. Fitz is still solitary and depressed. He's still denying h
Amy (shoutame)
This is the second book in the Farseer Trilogy and I'm am sad to say I didn't enjoy it as much as the first.

We continue to follow the life of Fitz and his exploits around the Six Duchies. I found myself getting rather frustrated with the decisions Fitz was making and the relationships that were slowly disintegrating around him. I feel this novel could of been a few hundred pages shorter and done a much better job. The beginning was good and the end was excellent - the middle needed to be chopped
Michelle Morrell
Jul 10, 2016 Michelle Morrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, read-2016
Lush and evocative writing? Check. Smart characterizations that cross into believability? Check. Unfair and heart-wrenching actions that any sane person would have seen coming years in advance? CHECK DAMMIT.

Another one of Robin Hobb's all-consuming novels that tried its darndest to derail my life, but I perservered and the mortgage got paid, the bosses are happy and my kids are fed. Still, it's so easy to sink into these books. The only reason I couldn't go five stars was how upsetting it was n
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
To be honest, I waffled over how to rate this book. I ended up giving it 3 stars, but there were huge swathes of this novel where I was tempted to give it 2. If I could sum up my reading experience in two words, it would be: mentally tiring.

I really enjoyed the ending, and maybe a few chapters here and there in the middle, but I have to admit that on the whole I have more negative things to say than positive. Maybe the story actually warranted this book to be so long, but boy, several parts cert
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Farseer Trilogy (3 books)
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