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Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy #2)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  61,190 ratings  ·  1,272 reviews
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 when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life. With the king near death, and Fitz's only all ...more
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Published May 24th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published 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
The brutality continues, in that emotionally subtle way that for me has rapidly become trademark Robin Hobb.

Following the events of Assassin's Apprentice, FitzChivalry Farseer is a broken shell of a man. After a long convalescence in the Mountain Kingdom he decides to return home to Buckkeep and continue his service to King Shrewd. But in the power games of nobility, not all enemies are external, and Fitz will have to deal with the dangerous ambitions of those circling the throne in much the sam
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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
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
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.
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
David Sven
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
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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
Dirk Grobbelaar
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.

When I was in undergrad, I remember at some point seeing Alaron wandering around reading a book called Royal Assassin. The cover depicted a man standing on top of a mountain, head thrown back, arms spread wide, raising a sword towards the sky. Next to him, a wolf sat, it’s head thrown back in a long howl.

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
Kat  Hooper
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
Sumant Natkar
This is really a dark book from the first book which I have read in farseer trilogy, but my personal opinion is that this book is even better than the first book also this has bang on action from the start to the finish of the book.

We are again given the story from the view point of Fitz who is basically is a bastard of king in waiting chivalry, who as we know from the last book is dead due to fall from a horse.This book shows us Fitz maturing and showing his character as a whole of how he is a
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
Book two of the Bastard's struggles against the evil prince. I found the book largely frustrating. I found Molly infuriatingly idiotic. I found Shrewd to be singularly UNshrewd. I found Regal to be a poor, single dimensional, Snidely Whiplash boogyman. For action, there is little. King-In-Waiting Verity is the only intelligent character - he leaves. Good for him! Who could blame him!

What did I like? I like the development of the magics. Hobb delves more into the Skill and the Wit - the wolf Nig
Alex Ristea
Damn you, Robin Hobb.

Damn you for making me feel all these feelings. Damn you for getting so deep in my head. Damn you for making it seem as though Fitz is someone I actually know.

Like a wiggly tooth you can't help but play with, this novel hurts, but it hurts so good.

Is it really not enough for a character to fall in a pit? Does he have to break both legs, get molested by a bear, and have his girlfriend leave him too?

(This doesn't actually happen to Fitz, but it's along the theme of the book.)

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
Robert Beveridge
Robin Hobb, Royal Assassin (Bantam, 1996)

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
Ben Babcock
One of the difficulties of pledging allegiance to a sovereign monarch is that whole loss of individual volition. Most of the time you might hardly notice it—but when you fall in love with someone below your station, or when the monarch begins fading and his unscrupulous youngest son sets his eyes on the throne, suddenly this loss of volition is a big deal. FitzChivalry Farseer watches the Kingdom of the Six Duchies fall apart before his eyes—yet his field of possible actions is highly constraine ...more
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
When I began reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, her second book in The Farseer Trilogy, I could not seem to get into the story, perhaps due to a slow beginning, but probably more likely due to a preoccupied mind, filled with a thousand other things. So don't let the fact that it took me several months to read Royal Assassin deceive you, for by the end of the book, I was reluctant to put it down, and that's the sign of a good story. Furthermore, upon finishing it, one of my initial thoughts wa ...more
This was a solid middle book. There was plenty of court intrigue to keep me interested and even a bit of action towards the end.

I was happy with the way Fitz developed over the course of the book. He is finally beginning to make some decisions on his own. Most of the characters from the first book showed good growth in this one.

The one frustration was the fact that Fitz was incapable of making a decision on his own for 90% of this book. It also beggars belief that no one has thought to put a st
Damian Dubois
5 stars. What else did you think I'd give it? ;)
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