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Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2)

The Farseer Trilogy

By Robin Hobb

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Format: Paperback, 768 pages
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Published In: United Kingdom, 01 March 1997
The second volume in Robin Hobb's internationally bestselling Farseer series, now reissued in gorgeous new livery. We are here Fitz, you and I, to change the future and the world...Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well. King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes and the King's Fool with his cryptic prophesies.

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The second volume in Robin Hobb's internationally bestselling Farseer series, now reissued in gorgeous new livery. / Reissue of Robin Hobb's classic first trilogy in gorgeous new livery / Robin Hobb is Voyager's fastest-growing author, and these beautiful, accessible editions will introduce her wonderfully engaging writing to a whole new audience / Competition: Trudi Canavan, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Geroge RR Martin

EAN: 9780006480105
ISBN: 0006480101
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 centimetres (0.28 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Robin Hobb was born in California in 1952 and majored in Communications at Denver University, Colorado. Assassin's Apprentice was her first novel which began the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy. Since then she has found further success with her wonderful series: The Live Ship Traders and The Tawny Man. Her latest trilogy is The Soldier Son, beginning with Shaman's Crossing and continuing with Forest Mage. Robin Hobb lives outside Seattle, Washington. Her website is:


Continuing in the tradition of her first book (Assassin's Apprentice) Hobb propels the Farseer saga into its second installment with irresistible plotting and memorable characters. Fitz is a trained assassin in the service of King Shrewd and also the king's illegitimate grandson. He is sworn to protect heir to the throne Prince Verity and Verity's new bride, but his task is complicated by an invasion of vicious barbarians who turn helpless captives into zombie-like Forged Ones. The home front is no safer, with an ailing King and usurpers to the throne waiting in the wings. Romance, sibling rivalry, battlefield exploits, betrayal, political intrigue and telepathic magic insure that there's never a dull moment in the Kingdom of the Six Duchies. Through deft description and characterizations, Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world‘which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic. The ending clamors for a sequel-and hopefully sooner, than later. (Apr.)

'Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers !what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.' The Times

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Ioana Anghel on
This is a continuation of a tale full of treachery and injustice. The superb writing makes you angry at the unfairness of life and enables you to become closely attached to the central characters in this tale. This a marked improvement on the first book ( not that the first wasn't good). This tale will not leave you with a feel-good factor so it only goes to show just how well written it is. It is no small task to get a reader to follow characters through misery, unfairness and injustive, but Robin Hobb manages it with ease.The tale of Fitz Chivalry gets more intriguing and mesmerizing. But sadly, things don't always go so well for Fitz. Characterization, the hallmark of Ms. Hobb's creativity, is once again subtle and deep. All the characters mature throughout the novel, be it Fitz, Molly, Burrich, or Kettrickern. And the ending ... the ending will just grab you by your guts. So, my advice: buy this novel only along with its sequel, otherwise not.
sue mcfarlane on
Book two and Fitz's life only becomes more complex, now he has to draw on all the training he recieved from chade to simply servive. Finger bitting with twist within twists. Just how bad can thing become before salvation? Another all night book and a must have for for any home collection.

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