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Assassin's Quest

(The Farseer Trilogy #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  112,724 ratings  ·  4,492 reviews
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz—or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest—perhaps to ...more
Paperback, 838 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Harper Voyager (first published March 1997)
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Chip Crawford Not sure if he ever wanted to be an assassin really, I don't think his heart is in it 100 percent. Fits seems to be a very 'human' type hero, sure he …moreNot sure if he ever wanted to be an assassin really, I don't think his heart is in it 100 percent. Fits seems to be a very 'human' type hero, sure he has skill and wit, he comes out on top of the lot but like most humans he is in emotional turmoil and even more so due to his upbringing, magical abilities and the seemingly pawn like nature of his life.(less)
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Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review won’t be pretty, I’m severely disappointed with this installment.

I don’t know if this is considered an unpopular opinion or not but if it is, I’m warning anyone who’s a fan of this book to just skip reading this review. Everything here is my opinion and if you loved this book, I’m truly happy for you. Believe me, it pained me to give this book a 2 stars rating—and this is me being generous already—but I really can’t give this book a higher rating than that.

Snail’s Quest, Repetition
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
All the stars for Nighteyes!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Death is always at the edge of now. Nighteyes’ thought was gentle. Death stalks us, and he is ever sure of his kill. It is not a thing to dwell on, but it is something we all know, in our guts and bones. All save humans.”

Sometimes I think that Nighteyes actually is the wisest character of them all. >_< He has a way to see the truth in the world and he’s never hesitant to voice it which certainly is a trait many of us humans lack. XD Well anyway, let’s not get philosophical right at the beginnin
Apr 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, fantasy
Buddy read with Alexa!

It’s a hard thing to do to constantly force yourself onward in a series that has never managed to fully catch your interest, just waiting for it to improve. And then to reach the end and realise that it doesn’t.

I really wanted to like this series. After finishing both the first and the second book I was torn between two different ratings, and on both occasions decided to give the book the highest one. All in hope of drastic improvements that could make the series as interes
Sean Barrs
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Robin Hobb certainly knows how to deliver a spectacular conclusion. The build-up going into these final chapters was immense; she draws the plot out so much that when the ending does arrive, it’s almost explosive because it’s so shocking that it has finally been delivered. I love the way she keeps doing this to me, but this book wasn’t without its faults. The villain, Prince Regal, remains a bit of a frustrating mystery and the final resolution, though good, was a little glossed over. This is th ...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

Though it pains me to say this, Assassin's Quest is the weakest installment of the Farseer Trilogy. It's not necessarily a bad book but I am pretty split down the middle on things I did & didn't like about this conclusion and so a 2.5 stars felt appropriate.

While the opening scene is very strong, this book ultimately suffers from a monotonous journey with an indistinct & rushed conclusion. Unfortunately, I won't be able to explain myself further without spoilers.

James T
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fitz, the presumed dead assassin's apprentice, whose tales have now become the stuff of legend in the Six Duchies is a beaten and battered remnant of his former self. He survived death with the help of poison, his wit-bonded companion Nighteyes, and his trusted allies Chade the assassin and Burrich the stable master (and father figure). The majority of this world believe he is dead. Even his wife who is pregnant with his child. There are still the terrible raidings by the Red Ships that decimate ...more
Dana Ilie
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Robin Hobb is an amazing author. The characters she builds are so realistic. You become completely entranced and connected to all the characters in her books. She has superb storytelling skills that won't let you put the book down. I STRONGLY suggest reading The Farseer Trilogy
This book was definitely my favorite one of the series. I loved watching all the small plot lines develop and come together. There was so much going on in this one, and Fitz stumbled from one chaotic mess into the other. I
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first 1/3 of this book but much of it was repetitive and started to drag. I also feel the conclusion didn’t have the payoff I wanted for how bored I was at times. I do think that many events in this book will have greater payoff in later books in this expansive universe, but that doesn’t help how I felt about this reading experience. I’m still very happy I have the foundation of the Farseer trilogy for continuing with the rest of the Realm of the Elderlings and look forward ...more
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After the spine-tingling cliff-hanger at the close of the book two, I was fully expecting a cathartic close in this the third and final book in the Farseer trilogy. However, I found myself getting bored with the tiresome -- and seemingly endless -- quest that took far too much of the last half of this 700-some-page finale. Perhaps it was the monotony of the long-haul slough that our hero and his allies endured for 200-plus pages , or even the deus ex machina by way of dragons. (How convenient an ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is always a great feeling to start the last book of the trilogy, especially if you loved the previous books. Excitement, curiosity, eagerness, all mixed up in a huge ball of emotions. The ending of the Royal Assassin was a game changer and it lifted my expectations for this book in such way that I couldn’t wait to find out what will happen next with Fitz and his companions and what fate will befall the Six Duchies.

Writing this review wasn’t an easy task. Not because I was struggling to channe
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I very rarely give only one star; it feels melodramatic, especially since I gave Royal Assassin five. But after the quality of the first two books in this trilogy, I was shocked and appalled by this one--and, what's worse, I was bored.

In this book, Fitz leaves Buckkeep and all of the other characters we've come to know and love over the first two books. He spends most of the 760-page book hiking across the continent, much of it alone, much of the rest with random throwaway characters who appear
Aug 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Markus

I have a lot of friends who love Hobb's series, so I'm going to assume the problem here is one of compatibility: this book and I, we're just not compatible.

I tend to like plot driven books, well developed villains, and I don't want a Gary Stu protagonist, but I do want my hero to be heroic. To win from time to time. It's the main character and I'm following his story, of course I'm going to root for him!

Sadly this book followed a pattern I didn't like:

1. Fitz would do som

Well, that was... interesting.
If there’s an author who knows how to crush a reader’s expectations with a hard blow it’s Robin Hobb.

This was dramatically longer than both previous books yet... VERY LITTLE HAPPENED. Apologies, nothing happened.

I seriously don’t know what to say here since this book was littered with nothing but over 800 pages of:
Repetitive recounts.
Continual, petty, hormone-induced, why-won’t-you-fuck-me arguments that bring nothing to the narrative.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I must confess I fell in love - with a wolf and a fool, a queen and her dragon and a little boy who, stumbling through life, falling and blundering at every step, grew into a better, wiser man. I fell in love with the world Robin Hobb created in these pages. Assassin's Quest was for me even better than the previous 2 books of Farseer. And the trilogy as a whole took a place of honour on my "all time favourites" shelf.
Sean Gibson
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having now completed the Farseer trilogy, I’ve identified three major characteristics of Hobbs’ novels:

1. The writing is beautiful—poetic yet practical, powerful yet prosaic; perfectly suited to the world and story
2. Considerable time is spent within the mind of a beleaguered narrator, and much of the action takes place in a metaphysical plane
3. Things…move…very…sssslllloooowwwwllllyyyy

(To be fair, all of the above is true of my own books, except for #1 and #2.)

The concluding volume of the ser
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“When you try your best but you don't succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse”

- Coldplay

There is a kind of trope in epic fantasy where the Chosen One gets angry at being chosen, at what he has to sacrifice for the global benefit, and what a terrible time he is having. Frodo, Harry Potter etc. all go through this “woe is me” phase. FitzChivalry, the protagonist of this “Farseer Trilogy” does a lot of that in this final vol
Deborah Obida
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
What was that? I can't believe it ended this miserably, it would have been better if he died, I hate this book with passion, 900+ pages for this? 😠

It took me nearly three months to finish this book, I started Dec, 27th and finished on March, 20th, I read a total number of 26 books between the time it took for me to finish this book, it was not because it was overly long, it was just too frustrating and I refused to dnf it, they are like so many reasons why I loathe this book, its the worst endin
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He shall thirst for the blood of his own kin, and his thirst shall go unslaked. The Catalyst shall hunger for a hearth and children in vain, for his children shall be another's and another's child his own.

For approximately 60% of this book I was positive it was going to be 2-3 stars. For such a massive book there didn't seem to be a lot happening. We follow Fitz as he attempts to find himself after dying and being reborn after living as a wolf. It begins very interesting, but soon began to drag
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
This book has to drop one star because, although as beautifully written as ever, so much time is spent on the looooooooooong search for Verity. Even I was starting to get exasperated with the lack of action and I am a devoted Hobb fan. This trilogy was a re read and I was far more impressed this time than when I first read it.
Having read the tawny man, liveship and rain wild series already, it amazes me that Hobb had such a full and detailed picture of the world she was building. She lays the fo
Damian Dubois
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Just as a friendly word of warning this review contains many spoilers that haven’t been wrapped in spoiler tags so I would recommend only reading this review if you have already completed the Farseer Trilogy. Wouldn’t want to ruin things for you…

At the end of Royal Assassin we were left on a cliffhanger which saw Chade and Burrich engaging in a little spot of grave robbing, an exhumation of sorts to reunite Fitz’s soul with something that sets Nighteyes hackles ajar, something he describes as sm
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 3.5*
Book 2: 2*
Book 3: 3.25*

I'm really glad I didn't abandon this series after book two. Book one was so good but then book two was a snorefest. This book started and ended really good. I do think it was drawn out in the middle a bit and a quarter of it could have been lopped off. I also think Fitz is a hard main character to like. I'm not big into invincible heroes but clueless ones are just as bad. Fitz for me was the worst part of this series and when that's your main character it's a
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, crime
Once again this is more of a rating than a review. I plan to go back and update this with more details later.
I read all of the negative reviews after I finished and I am glad I didn’t read them first. I liked it and thought that the author finished the series well- it was satisfying. The villain could’ve been more developed, but I thought everything tied up nicely. Yes, Fitzgerald was weak, but that was part of what made him a different protagonist than the typical fantasy genre hero. He was cap
Anish Kohli
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
“The separation from those who had cared about me was more than I could bear. Had I been truly a wolf, I would have lifted my nose to the sky and howled.”
Alrighty! Let’s make a rule. Going forward, for all Robin Hobb reads, my reviews will begin with a small cussing section aimed at Hobb. No, it’s not bcz of anything she did wrong. It’s just bcz how much she makes Fitz suffer. And how much of a cruel author she is. So with that decided, let’s begin!

DAMN YOU, ROBIN HOBB!! What in hell posses
So, notwithstanding all the travelling, which I know some people find tedious to read, I loved this book. I think reading the Farseer Trilogy books in succession was definitely the way to go, as all 2000 or so pages really do sit firmly in my mind as a single tale.

Some (but definitely not all) favourite things from this final book:

*Hobbs' treatment of PTSD and residual trauma. Wow, just so excellently done, not just for Fitz, but Kettricken, and all the characters who suffered so in the making o
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After re-read:
As I said the first time I read this book, the first third of this book was not great. However it was more than worth slogging through it for the rest of the book which I really enjoyed. If you're worried about starting a huge series of 16 books, don't be. I'd have been perfectly content to leave this where it ends. It's a nicely contained trilogy that doesn't require the later books in the series for you to feel it was complete.

That said, I'm already on to the next trilogy that F
No full review, let me only say that I thought it was a fitting ending to the series. But in the beginning and the middle there were a few passages that could have been shortened or left out. In contrast to this there was information provided in the epilogue that I personally would have liked to have been shown us more over the course of the book, instead of being told at the end. In the end a 3,5 stars read for me that I rounded up to 4 on GR.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fantasy
Beautiful, stirring, at once both intimate and epic, and infused with as much heart and soul as anything I’ve ever read. Nothing comes easily to the fully-imagined, deeply-felt characters Robin Hobb has created, which makes their triumphs and sorrows all the more earned and all the more moving. I remain humbled and awed by her skill, her compassion, her precision, and her generosity of spirit. I’m grateful that more stories of Fitz and the Fool (and perhaps others who have populated this remarka ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have given this 4-stars as it is too well written and full of imagination to give it less. It is a YA series that is a must-read for fans of the category. It is the relationship between Fitz and Molly (that I felt was doomed from the start) that I marked it down a little. I also felt that there was too much world-building for me and that Fitz' dreams were not all that interesting; each to their own.

Although I felt sorry for her later on in the story, I didn't really like Starling. It felt like
Em Lost In Books
I don't know how to start a review for this book. I was frustrated and impressed with the author at the same time. But still I am happy that I managed to finish this tome instead of abandoning once the story hit 50% mark.

After throwing some really good surprises in the start of the book, Fitz embarks on a journey which took the whole book to complete and end was not as grand as I expected it to be considering it was the final installment of the series. But I should not have done that after book
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