‘Fantasy as it ought to be written’ George R.R. Martin
The second volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally bestselling Farseer Trilogy.
Honesty is the bedrock for any relationship. But how can Fitz – royal bastard, trainee assassin, holder of secrets crucial to the security of the kingdom – bare his soul to his beloved Molly?
Danger lies all around him – from the raiders savagi...more
I’ll elaborate on those two in a while. I’ll be honest here, throughout the first 75% of the book, I seriously thought this would’ve been a 3 stars read for me; that changed during the last quarter of the book, which was simply breathtaking. Like the previous book, Royal Assassin is still totally a character-driven book with a very slow pacing; sometimes even dragging to me who’s a fan of slow-paced books and ...more
All the stars for Nighteyes as I am the wolf lover
I know I don't need to be listening to first time books on audio. I know, I know, I know. But I'm trying to save my eyeballs so I'm reading whatever they have on Overdrive and doing my re-reads through audible and Overdrive until I get them on audible. Why am I rambling about this?! Well, the reason is that I fought back and forth over giving this a 3 star or a 4 star. I mea ...more
Well, if that isn’t the bitter truth then I don’t know! It’s been more than a week ever since I finished this book and my feelings are still all over the place. I swear the last time I felt as agitated as I am feeling right now was when I finished reading “The Kite Runner”. I’m sure by now you’re asking yourself what do “The Kite Runner” and “Royal Assassin” have in common? And the answer ...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
Minor spoilers may follow. After being poisoned in the Mountain Kingdom towards the end of Assassin's Apprentice, Fitz is a broken and crippled shell of his former self. He swears to himself that he will no longer be one of King Shrewd's men and will not return to Buckeep. The day before Burrich and Hands are set to venture back to the capital Fitz has a sort of fever dream. Without him truly understanding he finds himself Skilling and resurfaces in the King's body as he ...more
Often times, I'm a little hesitant when I pick up older Fantasy. I haven't read an abundance of older Fantasy books, but I have discovered from the few I have read that I'm not always a fan of the "Classic" feel. It can be tropey & predictable & even campy, but it really just depends so I never like to let my hesitations keep me from giving things a try!
Even after a 3 star beginning to the Farseer Trilogy, I'm really glad I continued on with the series.
Royal Assassin step ...more
The characterization in this book remains a strength worthy to be praised. The characters in this book are believable. The aut ...more
On one hand, this feels like a three-star read: for an epic fantasy book (and series), not much happens, (certainly not much that feels very epic), there’s a paucity of truly intriguing villains (and no monsters), and the magic system is not particularly well defined. Plus, as suggested by the proposed alternate title above…man, poor Fitz just gets constantly pummeled in the gigglebe ...more
I got cheated, I thought that this is a nice boring story about a nice boy with a nice doggy who grows up to be a nice assassin in a nice castle. Well no one freaking mentioned all the angst and feels and the shit that goes down, and that spawn of Satan, Regal that needs to choke on a fish bone and die a most horrible death!!
Okay okay, let me take a breather and try to be coherent.. Obviously I loved this book to pieces (I mean I finished the almost 700 pages in 2 days), Robin Hobb ha ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
This book was 752 pages long.
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!
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 ...more
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 ...more
“Are you sure you’ve not had a bad dream?”Let me start the review by saying something very, very heartfelt: DAMN YOU, Hobb! Damn you! Not in a bad way bcz of course I love you. But damn you, woman!! Have you no heart? Dammit!! My poor Fitz!!
“If I have, it’s lasted most of my life.”
Gosh, this book is so so character centric that I dare say I have never read a book like this before and I barely know how to review it. It’s been well over a month since I finished the book and I just don’t know ...more
I enjoyed this a whole heck of a lot, definitely hit me in the feels more than the first one did, but there were certain aspects of the plot I was not hugely into, and some parts that I definitely feel could have been more impactful for a book of this sort.
I have grown to love these characters and was invested in the main plot. I am incredibly intrigued as to where this goes next, can't wait to read the thir ...more
Royal Assassin is the second book of the F ...more
I enjoyed it to the max despite all the horrors Fitz had to put up with. His relationship with Nighteyes is the best part. The one with the Fool is still slowly developing, Kettricken turns out to be one of the most beloved characters and Regal the most hated.
The third one can’t come soon enough, because I am resisting now the urge to start the third in any other edition; I want t ...more
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 ...more