Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)” as Want to Read:
Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Royal Assassin

(The Farseer Trilogy #2)

by
4.23  ·  Rating details ·  142,968 ratings  ·  4,295 reviews
The legend continues…

Regal’s treasonous attempt to usurp the Six Duchies throne from his half-brother Verity has been foiled.
Now, as Fitz recovers slowly from the foul poison administered to him, the King’s Fool prophesies:
‘We are here, Fitz, you and I,
to change the future and the world…’

Cover illustration by John Howe

Mass Market Paperback, 752 pages
Published March 1997 by Voyager (first published March 1996)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Royal Assassin, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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)
Christina I think it did a nice job getting the reader up to speed. It starts off in the same place the first ended, and in doing so briefly sums up what the si…moreI think it did a nice job getting the reader up to speed. It starts off in the same place the first ended, and in doing so briefly sums up what the situation is and what got them there. A brief internet search to remind you who the main names are will help. (less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.23  · 
Rating details
 ·  142,968 ratings  ·  4,295 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)
Regan
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Big fan
Petrik
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
...more
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
...more
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
...more
Andrés
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
...more
James Lafayette Tivendale
"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
...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
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
...more
Samantha
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.
❄️Nani❄️
4.75⭐️

The things we go through for books...

The mental strain, people!


RTC
...more
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
Dana Ilie
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Samir
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Lema
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
[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!!

description

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
Markus
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
...more
Chris
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.

Damn.

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
Alexa
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.

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
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
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
...more
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
...more
Jody
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!
Gary
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is more of a rating than a review. I recently had shoulder surgery and typing is difficult, so my plan is to come back to these reviews with more detail down the road. In the meantime, I really like this series. I would say 4.5 stars rather than five since it seemed to move the plot a bit more slowly, but I still love the characters and therefore the series. I am on the third book now.
Apatt
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy and rest of the The Realm of the Elderlings series are very highly rated on Goodreads scoring 4+ average rating for each individual volume. Very few fantasy series can boast this kind of average rating. Ms. Hobb also does a great job of promoting her books by interacting with her readers through social media websites like Reddit. I find her to be friendly and approachable and always happy to recommend books by other authors.

Royal Assassin is the second book of the F
...more
Scott  Hitchcock
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: high-fantasy
Simply not as good as the first one. The last third was good but the first two-thirds the only good scenes involved Nighteyes or the Fool. While the court just went on and on without any real action. I usually like reading a series straight through but I'd recommend not doing that with this one. Book one and the first two-thirds of book two are just too much of the same. The last third redeemed it for me and I will read the last book since without giving anything away it will have to be differen ...more
Paul O'Neill
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect in every way! The best thing I've read all year. For those waiting for Winds of Winter, this is what you should be reading.

Fitz, the main character is one of the best in all fantasy. The writing is excellent and Bradbury-esque in places without being over long. No sentence is wasted. The world is intriguing and speaks of greater things to come and what a bloomin' ending!!!

Bravo Hobb. You've earned yourself a lifetime fan with this one.
Kaora
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
The exercise for centering oneself is a simple one. Stop thinking of what you intend to do. Stop thinking of what you have just done. Then, stop thinking that you have stopped thinking of those things. Then you will find the Now, the time that stretches eternal, and is really the only time there is. Then, in that place, you will finally have time to be yourself.

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
Katie Lumsden
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a fantastic read. I love the characterisations, the magic and all the intrigue, and the ending was amazing. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Vivian
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
Like some other reviewers said, this is an incredibly depressing book. I basically skimmed the last third waiting for something good to happen to Fitz (the main character). The "good" guys all know who the bad guy is (Royal), yet still manages to passively ignore that he may be behind EVERY bad thing that happens thus allowing him to achieve his every evil deed. I don't need 600+ pages of overly stupid characters. I know it's a trilogy and eventually, good more or less prevails over evil but ugh ...more
Penny
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After re-read:
I think the thing I love most about Goodreads is seeing what I thought of a book shortly after having read it. I forget details but usually remember the feeling a book leaves me with. In this case, my opinion has not changed at all. This book was heavy, but (as I said in my original review) the author gives you enough small victories that it doesn't become too hard. I get that conflict is at the heart of almost every story, but it can get to be too much for me sometimes to see char
...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Oh good grief!!!!! I'm only a little way into this book but I'm already sick of the main character's whining. He sounds like Thomas Covenant. If this keeps up I don't know if I can take it.

"woe is me, I'm in such bad shape, I got such a raw deal...oh poor me". Of course he said he didn't want anyone to pity him...but you couldn't tell it from the way he sounds. Hope this changes.


**********************************************

Well, I'm through this one and about half way through the third in the
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2020 Reading Chal...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Royal Assassin (Farseer #2) 11 29 Aug 07, 2019 07:29AM  
Fantasy Buddy Reads: Royal Assassin [Feb 25, 2019] 98 46 Mar 29, 2019 02:09PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2)
  • The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
  • The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
  • The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)
  • Last Argument of Kings (The First Law, #3)
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
  • Before They Are Hanged (The First Law, #2)
  • The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
  • The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)
  • Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3)
  • The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
  • The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)
  • The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)
  • Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1)
  • The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)
  • Elantris (Elantris, #1)
  • The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
See similar books…
78,817 followers
** I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star 'I liked it' rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It's a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 st ...more

Other books in the series

The Farseer Trilogy (3 books)
  • Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
  • Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)

Related Articles

So many aspects of life and leisure have changed. This is true. It’s also true that we need to take care of ourselves, collectively and i...
206 likes · 113 comments
“The man who must brag for himself knows that no one else will” 247 likes
“The fight isn't over until you win.” 218 likes
More quotes…