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Assassin's Quest

(Realms of the Elderlings #3)

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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
Kindle Edition, Reissue Edition, 757 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Spectra (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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Petrik
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 Q
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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 be
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Un freaking popular opinion! And no, I don't care. Although, some of my friends feel the same 😊

All the stars in the world for Night Eyes! 🐺

The narrator did a wonderful job as usual but I just wasn't feeling this one. I must admit, I fell asleep a few times.

Does this mean I will never read another Robin Hobb book? No

Does this mean Robin Hobb doesn't write great books? No

I will continue on with this world as I go along 😊

I happy for all of you that loved this book! There is nothing like loving a
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Bookdragon Sean
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
Markus
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
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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.
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Erik
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
Samir
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
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
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❄️Nani❄️
2.5⭐

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:
Traveling.
Repetitive recounts.
Continual, petty, hormone-induced, why-won’t-you-fuck-me arguments that bring nothing to the narrative.
Traveling.
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Alexa
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
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Apatt
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
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Kaora
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
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Deborah Obida
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
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
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Emma
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
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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
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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
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Tami
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 Sterne.
Dieser letzte Band hat mich echt enttäuscht. War total langatmig und hat sich teilweise unnötig in die Länge gezogen. Und das Ende hat mich irgendwie unzufrieden gemacht ... Ich bin gespannt, wie es mit Fitz in den kommenden Reihen weitergehen wird, die natürlich auch in den 6 Provinzen spielen werden!! Alles in allem eine tolle Fantasyreihe
Laura
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Fuchsia  Groan
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía
Esta saga es muy especial para mí. Desde que la leí por primera vez guardo un lugar especial dentro de mí para ella, y por eso me daba algo de miedo volver a leerla, pero lo he hecho, y el recuerdo se ve incluso reforzado: una maravilla de principio a fin. Buenísima historia, maravillosamente escrita.
Entiendo a quien no le enganche especialmente, o a quien le parezca excesivamente lenta. Y esa lentitud es para mí uno de sus principales atractivos. Salvo contadas excepciones, el exceso de acción
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Mpauli
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.
Cameron Andersen
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Elena
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, fantasy-sci-fi
Sentimientos encontrados con el final de la primera trilogía de la gran saga de Robin Hobb.
Me lo he pasado genial leyéndolo, pero me queda un sabor muy agridulce con el final que Hobb ha escogido darle. No tengo ningún problema con que una historia no acabe "bien", pero en esta ocasión fue too much, me quedé bastante chafada.
Además, el clímax final me pareció que no estaba a la altura de toda la expectación que vas acumulando a lo largo del viaje. Porque el 90% de la novela es eso, un viaje, u
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Manju
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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Jayanth
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**Updated to 5 stars from 4 after reading Liveship Traders Trilogy. I appreciate this series more after complete trilogy #2 in The Realm of Elderlings universe**

Loved it. The ending was heartbreaking but the beauty of it all, the pain and the sacrifices, fits in so well with the characters that have been created so meticulously and wonderfully. There are so many characters who I've been rooting for the entire series and the ending could not be more bittersweet than it has been.

I will quickly go
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Anthony
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series
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
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
Ok. So, I went into this book with really, REALLY low expectations. Almost everyone says that it doesn't live up to the first two books in the series, and on a personal note, my brother (who I often share book opinions with) went so far as to say he hated the book. His review is scathing (feel free to check it out, if you're so inclined: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) So I was trepidatious to say the least. And while I definitely agree that it doesn't live up to the first two books, ...more
Jamie Collins
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For all my complaints about this trilogy, it speaks volumes that I read all three fat paperbacks in less than two weeks. The narrative is riveting, even in this last book which has long sections where people are mostly walking. Not all of the characterizations were successful, but I don't often feel as much of a connection with a protagonist as I did to Fitz.

I'm slightly dissatisfied with the overall scope of the story, but I really enjoyed the details the author includes, details that may very
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Penny
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
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Ben Babcock
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