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Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  82,729 Ratings  ·  2,849 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
Mass Market Paperback, 757 pages
Published January 5th 1998 by Spectra (first published March 3rd 1997)
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Melissa ♥ Dog 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
Apr 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
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
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
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.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Scott  Hitchcock
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.
Laura Syed
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.
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: ) 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
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
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting not-quite-ending to a most heart-wrenching/heart-warming trilogy.

My notes as I read:

~ I really need a cleansing of my heart. Such as this one.

~ The mass reunion which follows briefly after this tom(-)foolery is the most hilarious horrible scene I've read in a long while. My heart lurched between convulsing with pain for Fitz's predicament and convulsing with laughter at its deliberate, over-the-top extremity. Yiiiikes, it can't possibly get any worse ... oooops, it just did. And again.
Ben Babcock
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, fantasy, 2011-read
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Jun 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to C. by: My brother
Shelves: fantasy, never-again
I read this trilogy on the recommendation of my brother, who was thoroughly enjoying the novels.

The first in the series was okay--not great, but good enough to keep me reading. I started becoming doubtful when I read the second, but when I got to this one, I was downright angry with some of the decisions "the good guys" made, and one decision in particular that I found downright reprehensible, which the character (and thus the author) essentially justified as "for the good of the people" and thu
Jason Webster
Sep 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
Why oh why! I had people tell me this book was awful, but I thought well if it's worse then the first 2 then it will still be good because I really enjoyed the first 2 books. If you have read the first 2... STOP THERE and imagine your own ending for Fitz because this one sucks!

If you would have told me when I finished book 2 that I would not read the Tawny Man series because Assassin's Quest was "that bad" I would have told you you were crazy.

If she would re-write this book I would buy it. Serio
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow... If I could give it 6 stars I would... wow... full review in the future!
helen the bookowl
This was definitely not a bad story, but the way it was executed was really bad. If you liked the first two books in this series, you're probably going to like this one as well as it follows Fitz on his continued journey. However, in this one Robin Hobb makes the story drag on so badly that I was impatient to get through it in the end. It felt like Robin Hobb was really encaptured in this story and wanted to make sure that every detail was covered, and she forgot about the lack of pacing.
In oth
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one more than either of the previous two books. I need more Fitz and the Fool in my life right now.
Marko Vasić
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, thriller, fiction
Nakon skoro 2000 stranica, ja se i dalje sećam detalja iz prve i druge knjige, što mi je dovoljno da zaključim da mi je narativ držao pažnju dobrano. Poslednji deo trilogije o Vidovnjacima je, uistinu, mogao biti mnoooogo kraći od ovih 800 strana. Malo je duga postala potraga za Istinitim, a kraj je nekako sažet na brzinu u poslednja dva poglavlja. Uistinu, ovo je više realistična priča nego što u njoj ima fantastike. Možda mi je zbog toga celokupni utisak toliko pozitivan.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm really glad Hobb decided to continue writing about Fitz and the Fool because I did not think this was a satisfying end to their story at all. I hear the books in the series just get better as they go on, so I do plan on continuing, but it might take me a little while to get over the disappointment of Assassin's Quest.

This book basically jettisoned the court intrigue elements that I liked so much in the first two books, and instead it was replaced with that good old epic fantasy stand by: wal
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
This review refers to the whole Farseer Trilogy:

I read The Farseer Saga years ago and it is still one of my favorite epic fantasies. Its main strengths are its simple writing style and excellent characterization.

Robin Hobb's prose is lovely — straightforward and simple. It never calls attention to itself (and therefore away from the story). The characters are complex and believable. Fitz is my favorite fantasy "hero" and someone I came to really care about. He's not perfect, he's not beautiful,
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, fantasy
easy five stars for the whole series, loved every page of it...
Things I did not expect:

1. That koalas, cute though they may be, are actually incredibly gross animals who basically feed their babies poo, and who are so dumb they can't even recognize a eucalyptus leaf when it's removed from a branch and offered to them.

2. The Spanish Inquisition.

3. To three-star most of this series.

This is one of those series (and authors) people have been recommending to me for yearrrrs now. And many of them have done so while telling me it's one of their favorites. So, no p
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