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Royal Assassin

(The Farseer Trilogy #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  162,457 ratings  ·  5,319 reviews
Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.

Renewing their vicious attacks on the
Kindle Edition, 675 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Spectra (first published March 1996)
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Hellz Pearson-Child Yes the books is clean in all these standards. There are battle but they are not described much in detail or with much gruesome, as the story is the f…moreYes the books is clean in all these standards. There are battle but they are not described much in detail or with much gruesome, as the story is the focus of Fitz's growth and also his work as an Assassin not a warrior. Sex is referenced in the book but it is not described via foul language or strong innuendo. They last less than a paragraph and is described with complete taste from the point of view of someone looking back on the emotions and bond of such a commitment, not the physical act. (less)

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May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hell yes for Fitz bond’s with Nighteyes and hell no for Fitz’s relationship with Molly.

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
Muhtasin Fuad
Royal Assassin(Farseer Trilogy,#2 Realm of the Elderlings,#2)
This book makes it incredibly easy to emotionally drain oneself. As the second book of this series, this book has surpassed my expectations. Engaging characters. Interesting setting. Robin Hobb has a wondrous way to express complex emotions and internal struggles. As a fan of the slow-paced fantasy novel, I am certainly not disappointed.
The man who must brag for himself knows that no one else will.

Excellent Book
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread of paperback for Tome Topple. Changed my star rating from 4 to 5.

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
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Sometimes,” Chade observed, “It would be much easier to die for one’s king than to give one’s life to him.”

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
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
James Tivendale
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Wolves have no kings."

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
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this on audiobook and plan to finish the trilogy that way, as I think it would be much slower going on physical copy. This is much more of a character driven fantasy, focused on slow subtle moments between characters and an intricate web of interactions. And wow does Hobb love to make her main character suffer. But I’m glad I’m seeing Fitz grow up so that I can enjoy the entire Realm of the Elderling series with this as the foundation.
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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
Sean Barrs
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 5-star-reads
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

The things we go through for books...

The mental strain, people!

May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, fantasy
I started the Farseer trilogy 4 years ago (2017, it certainly doesn't feel like 4 years went by since then) and although I really enjoyed Assassin's Apprentice, I didn't continue this series. I was at a point in my life where I started too many series only to drop them/put them on hold. I knew I wanted to continue the Farseer one day, it was just a matter of when. I'm glad a few of my friends wanted to read it so we BR, and it was very helpful to me since I remembered close to nothing from the f ...more
Dana Ilie
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dana by: Simona Vlad
The pace of Assassin's Apprentice was slow. In Royal Assassin, the pace of the story is even slower. Despite the slow pace, this book (and its predecessor) managed to stay my interest in the story. The world building in this book is done brilliantly. The author vividly depicted a life at the royal court, with colorful narratives and a carefully executed, suspenseful plot.

The characterization in this book remains a strength worthy to be praised. The characters in this book are believable. The aut
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Starting a middle book of the series is never an easy endeavor, especially if you loved the first book because there are certain expectations and funny thing about expectations is that no matter how small they are, there is always a possibility they won’t be met. My only expectation for Royal Assassin was it to be at least as good as the Assassin’s Apprentice. This book didn’t just exceeded my expectations, it also solidified this series as one of my favorites and I have yet to read the conclusi ...more
Sean Gibson
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Proposed alternate title: FitzChivalry Farseer and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day (Year, Life, etc.)

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
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
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
Sheyla ✎
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Royal Assassin begins just where Apprentice Assassin ended.

If you read the books you know what happened to Fitz. Suffice it to say, he didn't do so well on his first solo quest as an Assassin to help his King and King-in-Waiting, Verity. At least, the Six Duchies has gained a Queen-in-Waiting, Kettricken.

In the beginning, Fitz is not sure about himself. He was hurt during the events that happened a the end of book one and he's still recuperating. But Fitz must go back to Buckkeep not only becaus
Alex Nieves
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full video review here:

Wow what a followup and absolutely beautifully tragic story Robin Hobb has created here. Easily one of the best books I've read this year. Hobb improved on Assassin's Apprentice in damn near every conceivable way with this entry. It's full of great characters, tragic storylines, and absolutely gorgeous writing. The hype and praise is to be believed for this book, that was excellent.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
[4.5 stars]
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
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
4-4.5/5 stars. I can’t quite decide. Loved the book, but didn’t love it as much as the first. I can’t pinpoint why at the moment, though if I figure it out I’ll come back and update. Otherwise, it had all the things I loved from the first - a slow building, richly felt political fantasy novel with dangers at every turn.
Aug 04, 2009 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.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Deborah Obida
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
That was incredible! I have no idea how to even begin this review because this book was perfect. The plot is one of a kind and the writing is so compelling, its my favourite thing about this series. Robin Hobb writes a classic type fantasy that is very comprehensible and addicting, The world is perfectly depicted. The politics is very well incorporated in the book, and it is a major factor of Fitz's story.I so much love the character development of all the characters especially the newest additi ...more
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. This is the second instalment in the Farseer Trilogy.

Fitz: royal bastard, royal assassin, royal pain. He returns to life at court only partially recovered from consuming poison, but the new perils awaiting him won't wait for his full health. His low status is an ever-present focal point but his emerging abilities and confidence leave his figure exposed to both new threats and new admiration.

Book one hurtled through the younger years of Fitz's life, but book two took it
Helene Jeppesen
Jan 01, 2016 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
Anish Kohli
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
“Are you sure you’ve not had a bad dream?”
“If I have, it’s lasted most of my life.”
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!!

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
Jade Ratley
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8.86 on CAWPILE, which is the closest to a 5 star a 4 star can get, only one point off.

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
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me long enough, but I finally finished this. Robin Hobb has her own unique writing style that makes Fitz and his story a true fantasy classic. Full review to come!
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slow paced and elegantly crafted fantasy, quite unlike anything else I've read. More detailed review to come once I've composed myself. ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-owned
Oh man, y'all, this one ends on a PUNCH and I'm here for it! This book definitely served me the cozy old skool fantasy vibes I loved in the first one but layered on even deeper character work and political machinations on top. I think pacing wise there were sections I would have cut, but honesty, this is not a book you read for plot. You're reading for story telling itself and the sweet bean that is Fitz. I particularly loved how relationship focused this one was, and I loved seeing Fitz mess up ...more
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