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Royal Assassin

(The Farseer Trilogy #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  171,062 ratings  ·  6,223 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)
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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)
Samuel I agree with the others that the pace is about the same as the first book. I had a hard time with the first two books as they fell into what I call "H…moreI agree with the others that the pace is about the same as the first book. I had a hard time with the first two books as they fell into what I call "Hogwarts Syndrome;" it's just the same routine day in and day out with slight variations and occasional action. This creates a rather slow, static feel. I do want to say, however, that the third book bucks this syndrome and really picks up. It has really redeemed the series for me which I read on a friend's recommendation.(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
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Absolutely perfect character development that would be impossible to surpass, and an amazing book on it's own right.

Robb Hobb is quickly turning into one of my favorite authors, and it's strange for me because the things she does well are things that I typically don't appreciate much in fantasy books. More than anything, I'm someone who really wants a huge engaging plot - and
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
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Feb 01, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022-books, i-own
hi. i DEVOURED this bad boy immediately after the first one.


I'd die for Nighteyes, just saying.

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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
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
Dec 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
I’ve done it. I read 100 books this year. And what a book it happened to be the one that helped my finish the challenge.

Royal Assassin is the 2nd volume in the Farseer Trilogy and one of the few middle books in a series that does not suffer from the filler syndrome. As per the previous installment, I have to mention that not everyone will enjoy reading Hobb. Royal Assassin is a beautifully written, very slow, characters driven story. There aren’t many battle scenes, not much humor, on the contr
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
Jan 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-beauties
A big shout out to my fierce and loyal wolven brother Nighteyes. He is everything in this book.

Robbin Hobb knew how to grab your attention.
Intrigue, magic, conflicts, characterization.
The smell of danger hidden behind the political upheaval, a twist of fate.
She gave you a perfect world to immerse in.

After finishing Assassin’s Apprentice, I became so invested in the story that I saw Fitz as my son. Let’s ignore the fact that at my age I hardly can have a son as old as him, but the truth is I do
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
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.
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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

The things we go through for books...

The mental strain, people!

Dana Ilie
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dana by: Simona
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  ·  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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2), Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin the second book in The Farseer Trilogy is a fantasy novel by American writer Robin Hobb. 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. ... The k
Alex Nieves
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full video review here: https://youtu.be/zNRKYZOeGfs

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.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
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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 ✎
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
J.L.   Sutton
Jun 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The fight isn't over until you win it, Fitz. That's all you have to remember. No matter what the other man says.”

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I continued to immerse myself in the world of the Six Duchies in Robin Hobb's Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2). Fitz begins as a shell of his former self. As he is nursed back to (humanity), we see lots of his interaction with his wolf, Nighteyes (a big favorite), Chade, Prince Verity, Lady Patience and Kettricken. And then there is Prince Regal, who somehow remains unchecked. Wh
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!!


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
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.


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
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.
Nov 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfection, never have I read fantasy this good. Robin Hobb wrote a book that is next level and i'm so happy that I found this serie 😭👏🙌😍💖

10 thousands stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jake Bishop
This managed to be even better on reread. Holy crap. Just going to leave my old review here, it's close enough....ish. i actually kinda think I could defend the book from past me, for the few criticisms I have here.


What a fantastic sequel to a pretty damm good first book.

This is gonna be one of the books where I get any minor problems I had with it out of the way, so I can talk about how great it is. You can tell I love the book because the first con has nothing to do with the book itself
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