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Sigue la trilogía del Vatídico de Robin Hobb, una de las autoras más admiradas del género fantástico.Aunque maltrecho, Traspié ha sobrevivido a su primera misión como asesino del rey. En la corte casi todos desprecian su condición de bastardo, de modo que decide permanecer en las lejanas montañas adonde ha ido a guarecerse.Sin embargo, unas noticias que reclaman su atencióSigue la trilogía del Vatídico de Robin Hobb, una de las autoras más admiradas del género fantástico.Aunque maltrecho, Traspié ha sobrevivido a su primera misión como asesino del rey. En la corte casi todos desprecian su condición de bastardo, de modo que decide permanecer en las lejanas montañas adonde ha ido a guarecerse.Sin embargo, unas noticias que reclaman su atención y un amor que se tornará inalcanzable lo urgen a regresar a Torre del Alce. Allí se reencuentra con las mortíferas intrigas de la familia real, mientras los Corsarios de la Vela Roja reanudan sus feroces ataques sobre la costa, dejando a su paso aldeas calcinadas y víctimas enloquecidas.El reino está al borde de la guerra y su salvación vuelve a estar en las manos de Traspié si acepta realizar el mayor de los sacrificios....

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Asesino real Reviews

  • Petrik
    2019-05-03 10:50

    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 I’m pretty sure any readers who're looking for tons of actions in their read will most likely be disappointed with this one. However, in my opinion the slow pacing was totally necessary in order to build-up the tension leading towards the last 100 pages of the book. The executions of the climax sequences were rewarding, intense, and incredibly compelling as I found myself keep on stealing time to read during my working hours.“Thinking is not always...comforting. It is always good, but not always comforting.”Royal Assassin is a great book. As a sequel to Assassin’s Apprentice, it managed to build upon almost all the foundation that was laid in Assassin’s Apprentice. Both magic systems, Skill and Wit, receive a proper exposition that made the storyline much more engaging. Hobb’s prose are extremely immersive, her storytelling style has its way of pulling the readers deeply into Fitz’s perspective. Not only her prose is marvelous, I found myself deeply invested in the characters as Hobb slowly explore Fitz’s relationship with all the side characters. I mean it, every side characters receive tremendous development and it made all their personality felt real. Burrich, Lady Patience, Kettricken, The Fool, Verity, even the malicious Regal totally made the book worthwhile. However, any fans of the series will probably know which new character I’m going to talk about. Nighteyes, oh Nighteyes.“Wolves have no kings.” I can’t stress this highly enough, I’m only in the second book and I already thought of Nighteyes as a brilliant addition to the series. Ever since his first appearance as a cub, I was already hooked with his fate right from that moment. I absolutely love Nighteyes’s bonds with Fitz, it transcends any kind of relation, they aren’t simply friends, they are brothers, they are pack. The appearance of Nighteyes completely made Fitz a more intriguing character to read. It goes without saying that this wolf is the highlight of the book for me.Picture: FitzChivalry Farseer & Nighteyes by chazillahRoyal Assassin was almost a 5 stars read for me, it had all the potential. However, pacing issue aside, there was one more reason that made me decide to take off a star from my rating: Molly. Okay, Molly isn’t a bad character per se, the thing that bothered me was how much the romance between Fitz and Molly was in the book. To sum up my experience reading their interactions: it was painful. At first, I was okay with it, and as far as romance goes, Robin Hobb seriously wrote it beautifully, but after a while, it just became extremely repetitive. I don’t know the exact number but my estimation is that there were 200 pages of Fitz thinking about Molly, or at least it felt that long.Minor issues aside, I felt like all the side characters—especially Nighteyes—and the rewarding conclusions make up for the cons I had with the book wonderfully. Royal Assassin was overall another great installment in the Farseer trilogy and the Realm of the Elderlings series. Now it’s time for me to read the conclusion of this trilogy and see if it gets even better or not. I will, however, maintain my expectations as a lot of fans of the series mentioned to me that the third book in this trilogy is Robin Hobb's worst book in the entire Realm of the Elderlings series.Picture: Royal Assassin by Marc SimonettiYou can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-05-11 17:10

    All the stars for Nighteyes as I am the wolf loverI 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 mean I was trying to figure out if Nighteyes was the only reason I even enjoyed the book or what. Do I want to re-read it through my paperback later on. I DON'T KNOW! I'm so confused on how I feel about the book. I'm still going to read the last book in this in this trilogy on audio and see how it goes. If Nighteyes gets killed I'm telling you now that I'm done with the rest of the books in this world. That ending though right? Fin

  • Andrés
    2019-05-20 10:06

    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 the royal court. Book I works because Fitz is too young to understand half of what he's doing or to give any serious thought to it. He's learning to play a dangerous chess game against opponents who have far more experience, though usually less sense, than him. Therefore, we expect his failures to be on par with his victories, probably to surpass them even.Book II suffers from trying to pull the same stunt twice to an older and more experienced Fitz. We tell ourselves Fitz would have learned from the ordeals in Book I, that he would try to forge his own identity, make his own decisions, be his own man for once. He doesn't. At no time did I feel him grow as a character, rather he was always complaining about how unfair life was to him, about what he wanted to do, never sparing a thought for others except occasionally and briefly. Fitz is always putting his urges, his desires, first, always at the expense of putting other people in danger. An assassin should know better.So, yes, this turns Fitz into a selfish, little brat, but there's still worse to come. I've said it before and I'll say it again: heroes (and their entourage) needn't be stupid for villains to be smart. But this is what happens in Book II. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is dumb beyond the point of credulity, wielding feeble arguments to argue passivity. Of course, this only makes Fitz' character even dumber for going along with it all. Treason is brewing in the royal court and everyone seems to believe inaction is the best remedy. Some even go so far as claiming it's their only choice, a ludicrous thought. Peasants, soldiers, lords, all are easily duped by a web of conspiracy that can be seen from light years away. Not one character makes a sensible choice throughout the length of Book II and the author has utterly failed to convince me about the reasons why.I suppose what angers me the most is how the author manipulates hope to lure the reader in. Hope that Fitz will become his own man, hope that things will turn out okay, hope that somebody will have the sense to kill Regal once and for all and thus put an end to his far-fetched charade. With every turn of page, every chapter that gets consumed by the reader, things take a turn for the worse; each successive title forebodes another dark, depressing chapter, and the reader's hopes slowly, but surely, ebb away. It's an incredibly depressing book, not so much for the plot itself, but because of how unbelievably the characters act. The author seems intent on convincing you that two plus two equals five when you know it to be four.I tried to convince myself Book III would be better. I checked the one-star reviews to prepare for the worst and was not disappointed. Everything I've read points to a long and pointless read that turns productive towards its bittersweet ending that seems more bitter than sweet. There's apparently another trilogy about Fitz' exploits that tries to tie some, if not all, of the plot holes of the Farseer Trilogy, but I presently feel too deceived by this trilogy to entertain the notion of beginning another one, with the same dumb protagonist and written by the same author.Originally, I gave this a two-star rating out of pity, more than anything else, but then "Rule of Two" came to mind. I gave that one a one-star rating on the basis of its incredible -in the true sense of the word- plot, but I think "Royal Assassin" is the first book I've read that not only has a plot that doesn't hold water, of any kind, but it is also way too depressing going about it. At this point in time, I wish I could erase this book from memory, commit it to some deep, dark corner of my mind and leave it there for all eternity.Some time in the distant future I may gather the will to read the end of this trilogy. Or perhaps not. But if there's something Robin Hobb has helped me discover is what kind of fantasy I enjoy and what kind I don't. I've discovered I don't enjoy the kind of fantasy that puts its main character through a constant stream of endless suffering that furthers no plot or character development. Suffering for the sake of suffering itself is pointless. Worse, it's bad writing or, in any event, it makes for bad reading.To close this rather long rant I leave you with this: In my world of reading/writing I praise subtlety over brutality, cunning over stupidity, strong characters that react to circumstance rather than being manipulated by the author's desires. Every writer sets him or herself with an endgame. Some, in trying to organise their way through to it, lose perspective of their characters, wondering more about getting character X to do action Y and less about why character X should do action Y in the first place. I won't say whether this is right or wrong, but I've always valued the latter over the former. So, my advice, for whatever is worth, is this: build strong characters, set your pieces, and only then play the game. Who knows, maybe the game will take you in unforeseeable directions...

  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    2019-05-13 16:18

    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsOften 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 stepped up to fill in all the places where I wanted more from Assassin's Apprentice. Yes, the pace is still slow. But I found myself 100% invested in what was happening in each & every scene.Yes, Fitz is still a poster boy for suffering. But the foundation provided by the first installment created an attachment to Fitz's well-being that makes his suffering meaningful for character growth.Yes, the setting is still largely at Buckkeep. But the political situation & Regal's continual scheming have developed into a formidable creature with many facets to address & thus, Buckkeep castle is an appropriate center point of the conflict.The character development for both minor & major characters is off the charts in this installment. Lady Patience, Burrich, Molly, Chade, Kettricken, Verity, and The Fool experience some wonderful growth that expands on the social condition of Fitz's life. Seeing him forge his relationships while balancing his promises of loyalty, the attacks of the Red Ship Raiders, the Forging of Six Duchies folk, and figuring out how his Wit and Skill will best serve the Realm was quite a treat. I also want to mention that the addition of a character named Nighteyes is a huge plus & provides some extraordinary complexity to Fitz in ways I can't explain without spoiling parts of the book!Whereas before I didn't feel myself fully connecting to the story, this time around I was totally engaged & on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen. Each scene felt immediately important to the overarching conflict or to developing a critical piece of characterization. This with the addition of a couple new characters makes for a narrative that feels complete & satisfying.I've said it before, but I must say again just how excellent Hobb's writing is. Dialogue, description, action, you name it, she can write it masterfully. It flows like honey without being superfluous & I can say without a doubt it's one of my all time favorite writing styles among the many authors I've read. And this may sound strange, but this book in particular has some of the most beautifully & tastefully written scenes of intimacy that I have ever read in my entire life. If all such scenes were written with this degree of skill I'd probably never find them intrusive (as I often do).I knocked off half a star because I feel like by this point in the story I should be more familiar with the magic systems of The Skill and The Wit. There's plenty of experience with both forms of mental magic through Fitz, but I feel like they remain ill-defined as far as magic systems go. It doesn't feel detrimental to the story largely because of the First Person POV, we experience the magic in the same way Fitz does (without much of a clue). But I still wish I understood the fundamentals a bit better than I do after spending so much time in this world.Altogether a splendid upgrade from the first novel. My investment in the characters & story has grown exponentially & I'm very much looking forward to seeing how this story pans out!

  • ❄️Nani❄️
    2019-04-30 13:07

    4.75⭐️The things we go through for books...The mental strain, people!RTC

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-05-02 11:06

    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. Sometimes he doesn’t really have a choice, so his inaction can be seen as hesitation whilst he tries to find the best path.A touch of Romance in the chaosSomehow amongst his vast duties to his King, which include being his personal assassin and a reservoir of magical strength for his son, Fitz manages to find romance. This is a feat in itself because Fitz is also magically bonded to a wolf, which demands a great deal of his already sought after attention. And to top it off, he is hunting down and killing those that have had their minds destroyed by the mysterious invaders. Then there’s the skill magic which is a constant drain on his mental and physical resources. So, the fact that he has actually managed to find love, in this quagmire of murder and court intrigue, is truly remarkable. However, this could never become serious in this moment of FitzChivalry’s life because he just has too much going on. Therefore, what will lead him into love will, ultimately, lead him out of it. Fitz is a king’s man, and that must always come first. His honour demands it; the six duchies demand it, and his masters demand it. He has no choice but to give everything he has over to the Farseer reign; he has to because they have no hope of defeating the red ships without him. Fitz simply isn’t ready for the relationship he pursues, which, of course, he doesn’t really know. Not yet anyway. I guess he learns a lot through this novel and, as ever, develops into a better person. Life certainly isn’t easy for Fitz.A king that could (should?) have beenA moment presents itself in this novel; it is a moment that would have changed Fitz’s life forever; it is a moment that would have changed the six duchies, and the nature of this story, forever if Fitz has given in to temptation. His honour and integrity are immortalised in this moment; it was at this point in the story that I realised the true nature of the protagonist. He is an assassin, but his personality is more suited to that of a noble knight. Fitz will always come through in the end, but it’s good to know where his loyalties lie. He will always have a role to play; he will always be truly loyal to the Farseer throne, but could never take it for himself. He is “sacrifice” not King. Something tells me there are the pale fingers of the Fool in all of this; he doesn’t want his catalyst, and his pack, tied down. “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.”This novel was so much better than the first one, which says a lot considering I gave that five stars. I think this is mainly because Fitz has a much larger role to play. He can change things and has strong political opportunities of his own; he can, essentially, become more than he is, if he so chose. Fitz was too young to alter the fate of the Six Duchies before. Now, in this, he is much older. His voice has more weight and his actions have larger consequences. However, he may be older, but he still hasn’t fully developed his wisdom. When the chance comes for justice he almost loses everything; he will most certainly learn from this most reckless error. I love the magic; I love the characters; I love the writing: I simply love it all. The Farseer Trilogy 1. Assassin's Apprentice-An overwhelming five stars 2. Royal Assassin- A character defining five stars

  • Samir
    2019-05-15 14:04

    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 conclusion and the following trilogies.We continue with the Fitz’s story following the events from Assassin’s Apprentice; Fitz is recovering from those events in the Mountain Kingdom where he contemplates his future and after having a strong vision of a person he cares about, he decides to go back to Buckkeep and to continue serving King Shrewd and his son, King-in-Waiting, Prince Verity.Upon his return he is immediately entangled in perilous events taking place inside and outside of the court. The main antagonist, Prince Regal, is plotting his way to the throne while the Red-Ship Raiders are continuing to represent a constant threat to the Six Duchies. That is just the beginning of the tale and I’ll stop here because there is no point in revealing the whole story; that is for you to find out and experience yourself. There is an abundance of intricate schemes and plots woven into the story making it a compelling read. Hobb uses a lot of motifs to establish the overall atmosphere and to weave together the thematic complexities of the plot. One motif that prevails and has a great effect on the story and the characters is loyalty. Characters are often torn between what they wish to do and what they need to do and that is a great way to flesh out their emotions and inner thoughts making them more believable. Characterization is the strongest element of Hobb’s writing; relationships between characters are brilliantly done allowing us to truly get to know them. Emotions which manifest from those relationships are setting off the storyline and keep it moving making it a richer experience.That leads me to the relationship and a character which is, for me, a highlight of this novel; a wolf named Nighteyes. Saved by Fitz from a life in cage when he was just a weak cub and giving him food and shelter, teaching him how to hunt so he could one day live on its own. Even though reluctant at first, Fitz forms a very strong and unbreakable bond with Nighteyes. It's wrong to think of Nighteyes as mere pet or a simple companion, he is way more than that, he is a quintessential part of Fitz's life, he gives him strength, he is loyal to the core and he makes him complete. They have a strong and mutually dependent bond. They are a pack.“There is a place where all time is now, and the choices are simple and always your own. Wolves have no kings.”This is a slow burn character driven fantasy with a carefully executed and suspenseful plot which turns in an absolute crescendo in the last quarter of the book and ends in a mind-blowing way which makes me very excited to continue this adventure.Royal Assassin will appeal to readers who enjoy classic fantasy tales but also readers who enjoyed contemporary fantasy novels like The Name of the Wind. So, if you belong in any of those groups, I highly recommend that you give this series a try.

  • Sean Gibson
    2019-04-29 15:09

    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 giggleberries by life. And then it gives him a wedgie. And points and laughs. And then shoves a brontosaurus up his backside without even doing him the courtesy of lubing it up. (Side note: how much KY would be required to fully coat a brontosaurus? I bet no one has ever bothered to figure that out. Inexplicably, I might add.)On the other hand…There’s something extremely compelling, almost addictive, about the prose. Hobbs is a master stylist with a voice that’s perfect for the genre, and her affinity for detail not only makes the world feel realistic (in the sense of not doing anything unfair to the reader), but every time she describes food, my mouth starts watering (thank goodness Kindles are easier to clean than paperbacks). She’s also created a set of characters who, for the most part, are complex and interesting and don’t hew to typical fantasy stereotypes. So, we’ll give it an extra star for that. In all, an engaging series, and one I’m looking forward to continuing. I just hope the epicness ramps up a bit in the concluding volume…

  • Markus
    2019-04-28 10:15

    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 shadowy world of intrigue completely, but his destiny eventually takes him back to the very place where his journey began, and back to the life of an assassin…Royal Assassin is more of what happened in Assassin’s Apprentice. We have the same enemy raiding the shores of the Six Duchies, inflicting the same horrors on the same people. We have the same antagonist, leashed but not put down. We have the same protagonist taking his lessons from the same people and essentially doing exactly what he did in the first book. And except for a character or two, there is little new.For the first seventy percent of this book (yes, seventy), nothing happened. The first book was also incredibly slow to get the plot moving, but really not this slow, and in that book it had a purpose: introduction of characters, plot and setting. In this one there is no excuse.The book also includes a lot of horrible characters. Fitz himself has become less likeable; Molly reminded me of a combination of Nynaeve and Egwene from Wheel of Time (to those of you who haven’t read my WoT reviews, that is about as bad as it can get); Chade has apparently become a stupid old man who is unable to see that his loyalty to his king must come before his loyalty to other members of the royal family; and the Fool has become blinded by his devotion to the same king.That does not mean that the book was completely horrible. Hobb’s writing is good, and at least some of the characters are interesting enough to read about. And while the first seventy percent were utterly and completely boring, the last thirty were the complete opposite, with intrigue and death and excitement around every corner. Another positive thing was Fitz developing his abilities with the Wit, and even finding a strong companion who was one of the most interesting characters of the book.Overall though, this was in my eyes a rather typical case of second book syndrome. The first book was great and I hope the third one will live up to it, but Royal Assassin was unfortunately just not good enough.

  • Lema
    2019-05-01 14:19

    [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 has a way of writing plot and characters that despite the slowness it just gets under your skin and you can never stop thinking about it. I love that in a series, if it gets me obsessed then I call it a success.Plot is clearer in Royal Assassin, the villains become more fleshed out (AHH JUST THINKING ABOUT THAT ASSHOLE!), and the characters get even more depth.. Can we talk about how amazing Patience is? or how awesome it is that Robin Hobb wrote her back in the 90s to be a reincarnation of Helena Bonham Carter before she even became THE Helena Bonham Carter, which is probably one of the reasons I love Patience so much. All her scenes are either hilarious or just punches you in the chest.Burrich was another great surprise, I loved him in the second half of Assassin's Apprentice but in this book, this dude is made of glory. Fitz of course is a no brainer, I'm reserving my overflowing gushing till he grows up a little bit because currently he is still in the emo hormonal teenage phase (think Order of the Phoenix) although quite understandable considering all the trauma he went through.The Fool? one word: MORE! I need more of him, we only get a glimpse of his past in this book, and it's just enough of a tease to make us ask more questions about him! No one knows anything about his age, his sex, or what/who he is, and he only opens up (barely) to Fitz (so I obviously ship it now) and we do see more of him here, he's no longer always acting like a..well fool for lack of a better word, there's a quiet intensity to him, and oh my god I just love him and can't wait to peel more and more of his character's layers.The fool by HerrMagermilch on DeviantartOf course there's a bunch more of characters, Kettricken (BAMF and quite the inspirational speaker) and Verity (heart throb and glorious generally speaking).. In conclusion, I'll reserve my heartiest recommendations till I finish the third book, but so far I've been pleasantly surprised by where the trilogy is going so far, I'm enjoying it thoroughly (along with the audiobook to help speed things up) and I honestly didn't mind the slowness and the repetition because the characters are what made this behemoth a huge win for me!

  • Chris
    2019-05-03 10:12

    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. It made me want to read more of the story of Fitz and the world of the Six Duchies.But this damn book made me HAVE to read more about Fitz and the Six Freaking Duchies. Where Book 1 was a little slow moving as Hobb set up the characters and the overall plot, this one does not hold back. It's not a roller-coaster ride, not until the last few chapters at least. But it's definitely one that keeps interest all the way through. Hobb's strength is her characters. Especially in how they relate to one another. She creates emotional bonds between them that are real. When these characters hurt, so does the reader. There's not just disappointment when something bad happens to a beloved character, but the pain of loss. Intrigue. Twists and turns. Betrayals. Unexpected WTF? moments. Even the occasional burst of humor. Everything I read a book for.

  • Deborah Obida
    2019-04-29 10:09

    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 addition to the characters, Nighteyes, that wolf is everything.He blinked his deep eyes. You love too many. My life is much simpler.He loved only me.That is true. The only real difficulty I have is knowing that you will never trust that is so.I sighed heavily. Nighteyes sneezed suddenly, then shook himself all over.If only it was that easy. And that ending damn!PlotVerity left to search for the elderling to aid them in defeating the raiders. Fitz is alone with just Nighteyes for company. The king is sick and Regal will stop at nothing to become king, He still sees Fitz as a threat.(view spoiler)[ He almost killed him, if not that he left his body and inhibited that of his wolf, he would have died in the dungeon. Fitz and Molly dated briefly but she dumped him because of his secrets and loyalty to the Farseer. Kettricken is pregnant and on the run, so Regal won't succeed in his plans of killing her. (hide spoiler)]

  • Helene Jeppesen
    2019-05-08 16:51

    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 gave the world and the book more depth. I grew so attached to the characters that this is one of those books that I kind of regretted finishing. I wanted to continue reading about them - thank God there's a sequel to this one as well! If you liked the first book in this series, I highly recommend this one as well. In my opinion, it was even better than the first one, and I'm eager to see where this is going after THAT ending!

  • Jody
    2019-05-06 09:12

    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!

  • Apatt
    2019-04-21 14:13

    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 Farseer Trilogy and follows directly without a pause for breath from Assassin's Apprentice. In this book, our hero FitzChivalry finds himself increasingly beleaguered by the evil prince Regal and his henchmen. The entire book is set in Buckkeep the capital of the “Six Duchies” kingdom. Fitz finds love, a new animal soul mate, new allies and further develops his facilities for “Skilling” and “Wit” (magical / psychic abilities). None of these help him to avoid having the stuffing beaten out of him, but at least he manages to get in a couple of good jabs. With this kind of plot-heavy adventure tale the less I reveal of the plot the better I believe.Fitz as depicted in the 2009 edition of Royal AssassinThe storyline of this series is refreshingly original in that it does not follow the standard epic quest story arc even though it does follow the development of the protagonist from childhood to adulthood. However, it is not strictly speaking a bildungsroman as it is also a story of court intrigues and a seemingly unwinnable war with mysterious invaders who can convert (“Forge”) normal people into emotionless subhumans. The fantastical elements in this series (so far) is quite subtle, there is no wizard blasting people with wild magic, turning people into newts etc. The magic in this book is more akin to the “psi powers” we see in sci-fi books or superhero comics, telepathy, shared minds, psychic battles and whatnot. There is also the mysterious magic of “Forging”. Characterization as with the first book is very well done, all the characters are believable. Fitz has a very hard time of it with the odds always stacked against him. As with a lot of fantasy books, the colorful supporting characters tend to be more interesting than the protagonist. With this series, the most fascinating character is The Fool who is wonderfully enigmatic and eccentric with an idiosyncratic way of speaking. I imagine his dialogue must be quite difficult to write. The 2016 edition of Royal Assassin*Ms. Hobb’s writing is very clean and a pleasure to read. It is difficult to explain the virtues of this kind of writing, the prose style is not highly literary or lyrical, yet it is graceful and lucid. There is not a word out of place and the whole thing reads very smoothly, no jarring or clunky dialogue to stumble over. This writing style reminds me of Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis whose prose is always a pleasure to read. While the book is quite grim and violent in places I would not rank her among the likes of George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie as a purveyor of “grimdark”, super edgy fantasy novels, the violence is less graphic and there are no sex scenes to speak of. Her plotting, pacing and world building is very skillful and meticulous. She is also very clever with her cliffhanger and I am now very much looking forward to the concluding volume of this trilogy. After that I will no doubt go on to the second, third etc. trilogies of this lengthy The Realm of the Elderlings series. That should keep off the street for a while.__________________* With wraparound cover art by John Howe. Sorry, no idea who John Howe is, obviously a very talented artist. These new Far Seer Trilogy editions are also specially priced (but not in a good way!).

  • Alexa
    2019-05-19 13:54

    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 plot almost didn't move. You could have condensed the action in what? 200 pages? Here's a resume of what happens: Fitz bonds with a new animal. There's a "romance" angle that I hated.Verity goes on a quest.Regal is still the bad guy.We still don't know anything about the red ships. That's mostly it. There are plot lines here and there that are left unresolved, and the book ends with a very interesting twist. But most of it was insufferably boring and I only finished it because I was buddy reading it with a friend. I will still read the next book, because I really liked the first one and I want to know what happens with the red ships. But I'm not sure I'll read anything else in the Elderlings series.

  • ScottHitchcock
    2019-05-09 12:56

    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 different. I will however take my own advice and do it in a few months.

  • Aristea
    2019-05-19 12:52

    This is a slower paced book, focusing on Fitz and Kettricken who i start to admire and love as a character. The vast majority is a 3.75 book, is a good book but nothing sensational. Until one gets to the last third of the book when the world is rocked, the story becomes so intense, the events unfold so quickly that one is left breathe-less for most of the chapters. An incredibly persuasive ending of the book that elevates the book to a 4 star for me!

  • Hanne
    2019-05-15 09:55

    Robin Hobb knows how to surprise. Not the jump-out-of-the-cake-type of surprises, but she plays with your feelings as a reader. You get this dreaded feeling, and you start thinking that surely she is not going to go there…? And yet, she does. She plays with her characters like cats play with mice. I really liked book two of this series. The only reason it does get the full five stars is because I struggled with believability in a big part of the middle section. The fact that Regal can do whatever he wants, and no-one calls him out. I just can't believe that no-one would step up, that everyone would just do his bidding. With a lot of other books that would have been a killer-issue, but Robin Hobb just writes so damn good, that in the end, I can live with these doubts - and the end was spectacular, so there's that. I did channel Ygritte a lot in the mid-section of this book. I so often rolled my eyes, sighing "You know nothing!". Honestly, Verity, Burrich, Fitz… all three can go straight to the Wall and apply for their membership to Jon Snow's 'You-Know-Nothing-Club'. Entry exam will not be required. "I am the King's Fool. He is the King-In-Wating. Let him wait."The Fool remains one of my favourite characters in this series. You never quite know for sure with him. Is he kidding, is he serious? One thing is for sure though, he is remarkably loyal."You've made a wise choice for him. The axe is his weapon." (Burrich to Verity)Verity nodded slowly "And he is mine."Verity was by far the most controversial character here, and we had quite some discussions about him. To me, even after having finished the book, I feel that Verity is selfish. Not knowingly and consciously, but selfish none the less. He's an avoider: he doesn't take action, he tries to ignore things by turning his back to it and hope that they will magically go away. His dealings with Fitz, even if well-intended, were hard for me to take. I felt that he was living trough Fitz, but he's living that 'merged life' very safely from his tower, while Fitz is in the thick of it. Without any help, or protection. I hated the fact that Verity thinks of Fitz as a Weapon for him to use. As a way for him to get his own few flashes of adrenaline. I hope Verity is going to improve in book 3. I still don't have a high opinion of him. And I'd love it if Fitz' trust in Verity will actually be deserved. “King Shrewd is expecting me, rather he isn't expecting me, and that is precisely why I must go to him now.” And then there's Fitz. Becoming quite the tactician this one. I like it!Changing things, putting things in motion, even when he doesn't want to. Very promising for book three! Then something about the ending:(view spoiler)[At the beginning of this review I talked about that dreaded feeling, and how Robin Hobb actually does play that card, and surprises you with it.About 10 chapters from the ending, I started to get this bad, bad feeling that Fitz was going to end up in jail, killed, or excommunicated. One chapters later, I started to get an even worse feeling that these were not alternatives, and that they would all three happen, in that order.To find out you are that right (and then I even forgot to think about the option of torture), Robin Hobb surely isn't kind to her characters. Like a cat with her mice indeed. (hide spoiler)]

  • Denisse
    2019-05-22 10:06

    These characters make me feel so much. In the other hand, the plot line and main problem of the book is so generic it actually disappoints a bit. If I didn’t care so much for the characters I would’ve very probably disliked it. Fitz returns home, forced to forget what happened in the last book but unable to succeed, his loyalty to Verity will set the premise for the sequel and his secrets the tone. Having the same structure than its predecessor, Royal Assassin starts out slowly and catapults the ending with strong decision. The magic is still very unique without being complicated but the main questions left in the first books aren’t answered, which leaves the final chapter of this trilogy with some really big shoes to fill. Hobbs characters rise the story and pretty much save it. Una palabra para este libro: Frustrante(view spoiler)[Creo que todo el mundo y sus abuelas sabíamos que Regio terminaría por traicionar otra vez a su familia y que TODO o prácticamente todo lo malo que le sucedía a Veraz era por obra de Regio. Lo sabíamos todos, lo sabía Chade, lo sabía Traspie, y nadie hizo nunca nada, y fueron capítulos y capítulos y capítulos asi y yo no podía con la frustración a veces. MUERETE REGIO! (hide spoiler)]Mis pensamientos para Asesino Real son prácticamente los mismos que con el primero. Y es que este sigue al pie de la letra su estructura. Desarrollo lento, mucha explicación, sobremencion de problemas principales, unos cuantos giros, y por último, un final trepidante. Realmente no le daría tan alta puntuación como al primero por no sentirse un avance real, pero los personajes de Veraz, Burrich, El Bufon y Traspie me llegaron al corazón inserte emoji de carita con ojos de corazón y no puedo evitar estar interesada con la historia. Si bien el desarrollo de los personajes es bueno, la historia se siente como un reciclaje y muchos giros se ven venir con muchísima antelación. La escritura es muy ligera y te lleva muy bien por su trama pero no es una trama con un ingenio particular más bien normalon y aunque funciona, no es nada que no hayan leído antes. De hecho aunque esta fuera la primera fantasía que leyeras, sería una trama reciclada porque es lo mismo que el primer libro que ya deberías haber leído, al ser esta su secuela. La fantasía es el genero que necesita mas ingenio, sobretodo porque estamos poblados de intentos fallidos y copias a grandes autores. Hobb, yo se que tu puedes mas que esto.Las introducciones y descripciones no me aterran ni me afectan, entiendo y espero eso en un primer libro para sentar bien las bases, pero en Asesino Real parece que aún no terminaba de plantarlas y siempre me da miedo que los autores quieran arreglar todo y responder a todo en el último libro, usualmente no sale bien esa estrategia. Lo sé, le di 4 estrellas y ya me queje mucho,fuck logic pero en serio, los personajes me pueden bastante. Me gustan mucho, hace un buen de tiempo que no me enganchaba tanto o tenía un crush literario XD (Por cierto, es Veraz). Por otro lado, el final es muy intenso y te mantiene leyendo, en general el libro sobresale bastante, solo esperaba mucho mas de él. Lo recomiendo si eres fan del género, no creo que sea la historia que yo escogería para recomendar a alguien nuevo en la Epic Fantasy. PD: Veraz, iloveyou!! <3 y te shippeo con Kettricken

  • Penny
    2019-05-08 11:15

    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 characters I've come to really care about in such awful situations. Robin Hobb treads this line perfectly I thought. On to the last book in this trilogy! I love this series. I found Royal Assassin dark and sometimes overwhelming in the dread I felt for the characters I'd come to love. But there were enough small victories to make it un-put-downable. So excited for Assassin's Quest!

  • Kaora
    2019-04-22 17:07

    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 Duchies. The book opens with Fitz struggling to recover after his attempted murder while on one of his assignments. At his return to Buckkeep, he is thrown into conspiracies and plots that threatens everyone in the royal family.I struggled to get into this book as it begins again quite slowly, something I found with Assassin's Apprentice. However, while I found that the slow start worked in Assassin's Apprentice because I got to know the character better before the action started, resulting in me leaving a glowing review.In this book it annoyed me, as I already knew the character and his depressing attitude began to grate on me. His body is failing him, and yet rather than fight he would rather give up and die. His woe is me attitude throughout this book made him seem weak where he should have been strong.I also really did not like his love interest Molly. Although she knew exactly what she was getting into by starting a relationship with a King's man, she always seemed to be angry with Fitz when he didn't put her first. It was a cycle. They were all good, then he would get busy, come to see her and she would be angry. He would make amends, then it would begin again. I didn't like how she treated him.My favorite characters were Verity and Kettricken. Unfortunately Verity did not make many appearances, but I really liked how Kettricken stepped up in this book and represented as a strong female lead. I LOVE her, and would love to see more of her. I think she easily could make it up there as one of my favorite characters.I also liked the Fool, who had some great quips. Such as this epic opening to a display of his full moon:Let not our peoples go to dustWhen Life in you has placed this trust.And if you choose to let this passLike so much farting from your ass,Behold my reverence for thee,Feast your eyes on what men seldom see.As for the world building and plot, I love the world that Hobb has created, and am thoroughly enjoying learning more and more about the Wit and Skill. I did feel a little down about the plot as it seems that the bad guy wins more often than not.Prince Regal has the honor of being a character that I detest probably more than any other villain and I keep hoping that someone will finally assassinate him to no avail.This book has great lines, and Hobb is a talented writer, but people who are looking for more plot may become bored.Cross posted at Kaora's Corner.

  • Holden Johnson
    2019-05-09 11:01

    Where do I even begin with this one...Royal Assassin takes place directly following book one, The Assassin's Apprentice. Basically the entire book is Fitz trying to understand his place in the world and his relationships with those who he has grown close to, but also with himself. Not only does he feel alone, like he has disappointed everyone he's ever cared about, and feel like he can't truly be himself, but the entire kingdom seems to be against him. Normally this would be a tough read, especially being in first person. Robin Hobb, however, does an amazing job of showing the reader FitzChivalry Farseer's life in a way that they can't help but connect and feel every ounce of pain with him. I know I did. Here we have a boy who has grown up with everyone else telling him who he is. Bastard, Farseer, Son of Chivalry, Nephew of King-in-waiting, Skill-user, Wit-user. Can he decide for himself now, instead of being defined by all those who have chosen for him? Can he choose who FitzChivalry really is? I'd imagine that would be hard for anybody who never knew their parents, and who has had few true friends their entire life.The entire book kept me turning page after page, wanting more, even knowing that an entire 800+ page third book awaited me afterwards (not to mention 2 entire other trilogies of Fitz's story). I can honestly say I have grown to really care for Fitz and appreciate him, more so than a lot of characters that I have read previously.Now I know this has been said many times of Hobb's writing, but if there is one thing she is masterful at, it's at relationships between characters. It's a rare thing to be able to feel such strong connections with other characters in a first person book, however the majority of the Farseer Trilogy so far, is actually focused on Fitz's relationships in regard to everything else. Who he is, Who he's related to, Burrich, Kettricken, Molly, even Regal. Everything that happens can boil down to these.I am extremely excited to tackle Assassin's Quest now, hoping much for Fitz and that he will be able to become the man that books 1 and 2 foreshadow he can be. If I've learned anything from reading this series, however, it's that it won't come easily.5/5 stars and definitely added to my favorites shelf.P.S. - This book has so many amazing quotes in it, that not only are very relevant to the series but can be used as advice in many real world scenarios.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-05-16 15:02

    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 trilogy. I have mentioned how much I disliked Robin Hobb'sSoldier's Son Trilogy. The main reason is that after a fairly promising opening (in the first volume) the story/plot got all but lost in a muck of emotional horror that dragged the reader down an unremitting path of depression and angst. We almost did that here. It wasn't quite so bad here but there was a great deal of wading through a slough of glandular secretions. The plot did at times come off almost as an after thought as "reasons to be torn, sad and depressed" are incorporated into the narrative.It is for me no more than a 3 star experience and at times I was almost ready to do the "throw the book across the room" thing (of course since I was listening on my MP3 it could have been a bit more damaging and costly for me, so I refrained). I will say however that the writer did get back to the story (at last), what the characters were actually trying to accomplish between bouts of depression and tears. It held up and I'm still interested in the trilogy and the story as a whole.Not really bad and many, many people are HUGE Hobb fans. So quite possibly what drives me up the wall ("Oh woe is me, life isn't worth living, my days are worse than a trial and it's all so, so unfair, oh woe is me") may be the favorite part for someone else.3 stars and I'm still following the series.

  • Vivian
    2019-05-15 11:57

    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. I really enjoyed the first book, with the world Hobb created and the characters she was building, but I'm now over it.Fitz is a guy who endlessly whines about the sadness that is his life, without actually taking any action to change it. That's the protagonist we get? In the beginning of this book, Fitz comes back to Buckkeep with a more assertive attitude and it is commented that he has grown and matured, carries himself well, blah blah. That lasts about 2 pages and he regresses again. I would even compare him to Bella (Twilight) when talking about the love of his life, and that is absolutely not a compliment. In general, too much woe-is-my-life from Fitz. I'm sure the point is that as a "king's man", Fitz' life is not his own, but it's too much complaining for me.Also, the story is told from Fitz' point of view, but I would've liked to read more about some of the supporting characters as I found them all more captivating than he was.

  • Yani
    2019-05-01 13:53

    2016 Reading Challenge: #18 Un libro con más de 600 páginas Aviso: como es la continuación del primer libro de la saga, es probable que cierta información sea spoiler para aquel que todavía no lo leyó. Los spoilers de este libro (no hay muchos) están ocultos con la etiqueta. Estoy oficialmente enamorada de esta saga. Siempre guardo un poco de escepticismo cuando me aboco a leer esta clase de libros y pensé que en esta continuación iba a arruinarse (como suele pasar con muchas series) pero la catástrofe nunca sucedió. Y seguí leyendo, casi tragando,Asesino realcomo si no hubiera dudado de él, incluso cuando en algunos capítulos me desinteresaban algunas subtramas.Esta parte de la saga es más compleja que la anterior, en donde se asistía más al crecimiento de Traspié que a la influencia que él puede llegar a ejercer en la corte. Él continúa siendo el asesino de Artimañas, pero ahora estará desbordado de tareas porque Veraz lo trata como a un hombre de confianza (y puedo asegurar que no se equivoca al hacerlo) y con las Velas Rojas atacando (y cada vez con más efectividad y agresividad) tendrá mucho por hacer. Así que esta parte presenta a un Traspié mejor plantado en Torre de Alce y eso complejiza la trama, ya que habrá capítulos y capítulos en donde el lector lo ve en acción. Ahora bien, así como Traspié tiene una vida guiada por la lealtad hacia Artimañas y Veraz (y Veraz incluye también a Kettricken, su esposa), también tiene una historia de amor y problemas con la Maña, un don que trata de no usar pero apenas lo consigue. Hay mucho material relevante con el que se llenan las seiscientas páginas del libro pero algunos capítulos sobran. Creo que es lo único que no me gustó deAsesino real.Es una especie de intervalo entre la vuelta de Traspié al castillo y el inicio del conflicto principal que dará vuelta el tablero. Si bien sirven para que el lector observe la maduración de Traspié (aquí ya no es el adolescente tímido y reservado de Aprendiz de asesino sino un joven decidido), la concentración en su historia de amor no me pareció útil, salvo en final, básicamente porque Hobb abandona el discurso de telenovela que preparó para la señorita en cuestión (view spoiler)[ Molly(hide spoiler)] y dice algo que hace pensar. Y no, antes no me hizo pensar, sino revolear los ojos.En este libro todos los personajes que se presentaron en el anterior están potenciados, llevados al límite y demuestran lo que son capaces de hacer (tanto para proteger como para destruir), cosa que aplaudo. Veraz, Kettricken, Paciencia, el bufón… Todos cuentan con su momento para lucirse y revelan más de sí mismos. Es extremadamente difícil no tener personajes favoritos y personajes odiados en esta saga porque ellos son la causa principal por la que paso página tras página: sus propias palabras e ideas son las que los atan a promesas de lealtad. Estas, a veces, dilatan la resolución de las cosas y proponen caminos alternativos. Así que es muy interesante ver cómo los personajes con lazos fuertes hacia X persona actúan o dejan de actuar con tal de no romper el vínculo, sobre todo porque provocan tensiones… y posibles traiciones. Los nuevos, como el duque de Mazas, son un aporte y están bien aprovechados. Mención aparte merece Kettricken, que con su actitud ya tiene un lugar en mi lista de personajes femeninos preferidos. Me encanta la trama de los forjados y de las Velas Rojas, además de que quedé muy intrigada con los Vetulus. Da la sensación de que queda mucho por conocer de los Seis Ducados. El último cuarto deAsesino realvuela por lo rápido que se lee, aunque algunos (no todos) giros los vi venir desde el principio (view spoiler)[ (como que Traspié sería acusado de asesinar al rey y que se salvaría de la ejecución)(hide spoiler)] porque son comunes en los libros que incluyen realeza de cualquier tipo. Me sorprendió el final, eso no lo puedo negar. La verdad es que las pocas quejas que tengo se empañan con lo espectacular que la pasé leyendo. Espero con ansiedad el día en que pueda agarrar el tercer libro, que a simple vista intimida pero debe ser igual de ameno que este. Para mí, llegar al cierre de una saga es todo un acontecimiento y las aventuras/desventuras de Traspié acumulan una gran cantidad de motivos para que no abandone en el camino.

  • Sanaa
    2019-04-27 16:57

    [3.5 Stars] I am so conflicted about this book. I loved the beginning and the end of this book, but the middle was really flat for me. I think when you sit down and look at the details of this book like the writing, the character development, the subtle things Robin Hobb does in each chapter to really bring this story to life it is really phenomenal. When you step back and look at this book as a whole, however, I think it is overall too long, repetitive, anti-climatic, and almost like a filler book. I found that I was getting really frustrated at the characters in this book and certain things that happened or wouldn't happen were almost like plot devices. The entire problem this story is trying to tackle could have been easily avoided if one character had done one thing, but this character didn't and it really frustrates me that this kind of plot device propelled the entire 650 page book. Overall, I still adore Robin Hobb's writing and her intricate character development, but I didn't like it as much as I enjoyed the Assassin's Apprentice. I would recommend this trilogy to those of you who want to read a slower, intricate, heavily character focused fantasy book.

  • Julie
    2019-05-09 15:18

    I'm not sure I can say enough to convey my love for these books. Starting with Assassin's Apprentice, they tell the story of FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard pseudo-prince of the Farseer line (with a detour to Bingtown in the Ship books, but read them anyway - it's important). One thing I love about these books is how people are named after personality traits: Chivalry, Verity, Shrewd, Regal, Patience, Modesty.... etc. After a while you completely forget they aren't just names. :)Robin Hobb's writing style is *marvelous.* She writes very eloquently, using a sophisticated vocabulary but never in a way that sounds pretentious. She describes her characters so vividly, and examines their feelings and reactions with such a sympathetic eye, that you can't help but feel for them. Fitz in particular is a human character, sometimes painfully so. And believe me, when you invest the reading of 9 books into someone, you really care what happens to them. I laughed out loud, and cried very hard at times. They're just wonderful. I'd recommend them for anyone at all, but probably most for fantasy fans.

  • Duchess Nicole
    2019-05-04 11:20

    I'm not sure how I feel about this series/book. I kind of get into the middle of the book and start metaphorically leaning forward, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Only I lean forward for a really long time, only to get shoved violently backward at the ending. So disorienting. Like...what the actual hell just happened? Is the series going an entirely new direction? Poor Fitz. Kid can't catch a break. Poor Verity. Poor Shrewd. Poor Chade. Poor Molly. Poor Burich. Poor Patience. Poor everyone. I'm depressed :(Pardon spelling errors. I'm audiobooking this one.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-26 16:04

    A truly wonderful story.. enthralling and magical!