Royal Assassin

Royal Assassin

Paperback - 1997
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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.
Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands--and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
Praise for Robin Hobb and Royal Assassin
"Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb's books are diamonds in a sea of zircons." --George R. R. Martin
"[Robin] Hobb continues to revitalize a genre that often seems all too generic, making it new in ways that range from the subtle to the shocking." -- Locus
"[ Royal Assassin ] reaches astonishing new heights. . . . The Farseer saga is destined for greatness--a must-read for every devotee of epic fantasy." -- Sense of Wonder
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 1997
ISBN: 9780553573411


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Barely escaping with his life after his first mission, young Fitz returns to the chaotic royal court. With King Shrewd near death and Fitz's only ally off on a futile quest, the throne is ripe for the taking. And as the Red Ship Raiders brutalize the Six Duchies, the kingdom's fortunes-and Fitz's... Read More »

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Aug 16, 2016

Great series and one that I was totally immersed in for weeks. As I indicated for the third book, I have read and re-read each book and this second of the series was no exception. The author makes this series real with the emotional variance of the characters and proves that adult fantasy can and should be relevant. The gut wrenching ending leaves you wanting to read the third book ASAP.

Jul 30, 2012

well written, good plot, lots of action and adventure - trilogy

Oct 12, 2011

I love this book. I've read it many times. I recently moved to Vancouver and was looking forward to rereading this series, only to find VPL's only copy of Royal Assassin has been lost! It would be wonderful if it was replaced - as other commenters point out, it's best to read the Assassin trilogy all together.

Sep 09, 2010

Loved this series! The first book in the series is Assassin's Apprentice - probably the best book I've read this year. Royal Assassin is Vol 2, the 3rd is Assassin's Quest. They should be read together - not as stand alones.

Jul 13, 2010

The second in one of my favorite series of all time, this is definitely a book that you need to read with the next volume in hand- The story is excellent, but not a stand-alone book. The series should be read as a whole for best results.

Jan 18, 2010

A thoroughly enjoyable book - Couldn't put it down.

It's the 2nd of 3 books. The library currently doesn't have the other 2 books, but I'll be donating them so someone else can enjoy this series, too!


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Jul 23, 2010

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Jul 23, 2010

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and returns to the court where he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life. With the King near death, and Fitz’s only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened. Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands–and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.


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multcolib_rossb Dec 04, 2016

"I have seen the end of the world, Fitz. ... Oh, not in your lifetime, nor even mine. But shall we be happy, to say that we live in the dusk rather than in the full night? Shall we rejoice that we only suffer, while your offspring will be the ones to know the torments of the damned? Shall this be why we do not act?"


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