Assassin’s Quest – The Farseer Trilogy Book 3

Assassin’s Quest is the third science novel in the Farseer Trilogy series by author Robin Hobb. FitzChivalry faces her fate as the catalyst that holds the fate of the Six Duchies kingdom and the world. King Shrewd died at the hands of Regal, his son.

The kingdom is also in ruins: Prince Verity, gone missing before the mission. Fitz’s mission is to kill Regal, he discovers the magic in him.

Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.

Review 1: Assassin’s Quest – The Farseer Trilogy Book 3 by JCH

How To Ruin A Series

Long, painful, and frustrating, with an unbelievably unfulfilling ending.

Book 1 was good. Book 2, ok fine. Book 3….dear god it was like one long train wreck, with a crying baby and someone scraping their nails across the chalkboard the whole time. By the end, you are just praying for the final explosion of the train to be big and glorious, hopefully incinerating you and everyone else. But instead the train derails into a swamp, slowly rolling to a stop, with your cabin mostly submerged, leaving you to die a slow and bitter death, drowning in the muck that is the sad and pointless ending to a sad and pointless book.

Review 2: Assassin’s Quest – The Farseer Trilogy Book 3 by Holly Helscher

I Weary of a Stupid Hero

By the end of Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy, I see that he takes a page from the Wheel of Time’s reluctant hero, Rand. Except Fitz is far more than reluctant hero. He is just stupid. In the first two books I could forgive it because he is just a teenager. But as he ages, and even admits understanding and takes on new resolves, he immediately forgets them the next day in some fit of anger or his misguided sense of justice. If I’m going to dedicate 39 hours of my life to a third book, I expect some personal growth from the main character. Even the wolf has better sense.

Having said all that, Hobb is masterful in making me care! So in spite of all the tedium and lack of ongoing personal, sustained understanding by the main character, I cared what happened to Fitz and all the other characters. Hobb does a good job of developing all of them, and even getting right to the heart of the feelings of the female characters. He pulls together all the story lines and resolves them. I laughed out loud at the resolution of one of the tiniest story lines that I would have expected to be dropped out sight.

I was ready for the end but was vastly disappointed in that Fitz finally achieved what he wanted. A life of his own choosing. But his decision about what to do with it continues his reign of stupidity. I could have sat there at the end of the audio and picked through how everyone else chewed him up and spit him out for their own gain, blaming them for his final decision. But then I remember how the “catalyst” created every situation all by himself. The ending is, indeed, tragic. And because Hobb somehow made me care, I cried.

Boehmer is a good narrator and makes the characters easily understood.

If you have read the first two books, you will want to read the last one. And there is no place within it I can say, “you can skip all this and go right to here.” You’ll have to slog through. Focusing on the Fool will get you through it.

Review 3: Assassin’s Quest – The Farseer Trilogy Book 3 by Kevin Stokes

Held my interest, but had ridiculous ending

I enjoyed this book. Fitz makes a long journey, traveling as a peasant that seems real. Hobb does a great job relating the adventure in a believable way. The interaction of Fitz, Burrich, and the Fool was quite excellent.
I give the story three stars because the climax was very silly. It was a resolution that reminded me of a children’s book. The defeat of the seemly unstoppable red ship raiders was barely mentioned, and the explanation of the great mystery of forging was glossed over in a couple sentences.

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