Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2) Paperback – 21 March 1996
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- Publisher : Voyager; New edition (21 March 1996)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0002246481
- ISBN-13 : 978-0002246484
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 4.3 x 23.4 cm
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About the Author
Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction. She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington State.
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Despite the darker plot-threads that begin to unravel in this instalment, Hobb’s solid sense of place and character never fails to delight. The court at Buckkeep becomes an ever more absorbing bustle of plots, secrets and gossip and Fitz rapidly learns that he must be on his guard both within and without. As his relationships with those around him change, to echo the change in himself, he realises that adults are no better at making sense of their lives than he is, with his adolescent torments and confusions. And, enmeshed in the court hierarchy, these adults rarely have as clear and insightful an understanding of events as does Fitz, with his assassin’s eyes. He continues to follow Chade’s directions: to aid Verity, protect Kettricken and defend King Shrewd, but this becomes a crushing weight for such young shoulders to bear.
Hobb is extremely good at avoiding the suggestion that Fitz is the protagonist for anyone except her readers. All her characters have their own dreams and hopes and lives and you have a very firm sense that there are all sorts of other interesting stories unfurling at the sides of the novel that we never get to hear about. She drops tantalising hints about Chade’s past that I don’t think are ever fully fleshed out. Fitz moves through a world which is completely self-absorbed and really doesn’t take much notice of him; and that’s unusual in a genre where the heroes, like Rothfuss's Kvothe in The Name of the Wind , are often extravagant, extrovert mavericks. Most of the people who do notice Fitz end up using him – perhaps kindly, perhaps with the best of intentions, perhaps with regret – as an instrument in their own plans. That’s even true (perhaps even more true) of the Fool. It all combines to create a stifling sense of claustrophobia, a world in which no one can really be trusted. Even those whom Fitz considers his protectors are willing to take desperate gambles in which he is the pawn that faces sacrifice.
If you can finish this book and not end up staring at the wall, feeling exhausted and wrung-out, then you’re stronger than I am. But this is part of the contract this series makes with you. It demands a particularly intense engagement from its readers and in return it sweeps us into one of the most addictive and absorbing fantasy worlds I know.
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More unfortunate than that, this book focuses more heavily on the romance from the get go. If all the scenes from Molly were cut out, I believe the book would have still carried out the same way, same gravitas, and same stakes.
I have purchased the sequel, but I am already bracing for more pointless, forced romance.
Unfortunately it’s spread over 3 books and the repetition and the amount of dross needed to pad out those 3 books is a killer.
Book 2 has a load of guff about befriending a wolf cub (needed for a major plot point but boy does it get tiresome)..then the rubbish on /off Molly romance and then everybody blithely ignoring the elephant in the room about what’s wrong with the King.
Lost the will to live reading this tiresome book.