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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
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Aug 26, 2009

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FitzChivalry Farseer, the young bastard son of Prince Chivalry Farseer, is being trained by Chade, the royal assassin, to follow in Chade's footsteps. Meantime, the Red Ships still raid the coast of the Six Duchies and hapless citizens are still being Forged, their souls stolen from them. Buckkeep is beset on all sides and the King-in-Waiting Verity hides away in his tower Skilling, sending the power of his mind to repel the Red Ships and other enemies of the kingdom. To strengthen their hand, a marriage pact is made with one of the Mountain Dukes to bind his daughter to Verity and in this second of the trilogy she has made her way to Buckkeep and tries to make a life there. She gets little support in this from Verity who is too busy Skilling.

King Shrewd is fading fast, attended faithfully by his Fool. Prince Regal schemes and plans how he will make the throne his own. As the position of the Six Duchies worsens Verity decides that the only way to save them is to go on a quest to search for beings known as Elderlings who once aided his people long ago and promised that they would come again if called. But where are they and how to call them?

As Fitz becomes more and more entangled in the spider's web of court life, his one true love Molly doubts his devotion and finally turns her back on him. It seems that to save his king and his queen, Fitz may finally be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice. But will that be enough?

Robin Hobb draws us into her fantasy world of Wit and Skill, Farseers and Elderlings. Her stories are well-plotted and believable even when we know that the world of Buckkeep doesn't really exist. It's very easy to just let go and follow where the story leads. I wonder where it will lead in the final part of the trilogy?

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