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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
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Apr 11, 08

bookshelves: fantasy
Recommended to Julie by: Bryon
Recommended for: EVERYONE
Read in January, 2003

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 writing style is *marvelous.* She writes very eloquently, using a sophisticated vocabulary but never in a way that sounds pretentious. She describes her characters so vividly, and examines their feelings and reactions with such a sympathetic eye, that you can't help but feel for them. Fitz in particular is a human character, sometimes painfully so. And believe me, when you invest the reading of 9 books into someone, you really care what happens to them. I laughed out loud, and cried very hard at times. They're just wonderful. I'd recommend them for anyone at all, but probably most for fantasy fans.
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☆ Becky ☆ I loved these books. If I didn't have so many books to read, I'd read them over and over.


Lucy You echo my sentiments exactly, they really are perfection! I love the characters, they have a special place in my heart! Did you know that Hobb is in the process of writing a new trilogy, The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy, and the first one comes out next year? That news made my year!


Julie Yes! My husband and I were super excited to hear that. We have pushed these books on so many people we actually own a complete second set for lending purposes.


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