Royal Assassin – The Farseer Trilogy Book 2

Royal Assassin is the second science fiction novel in the Farseer Trilogy series by author Robin Hobb. The story is about Fitz as the bastard son of Prince Chivalry, ignored by everyone in the royal family except the sly king Shrewd.

The insidious king instructed him in the dark arts of the assassin. With the first mission, Fitz barely survives, his life is threatened.

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

Review 1: Royal Assassin – The Farseer Trilogy Book 2 by Devontay

Absolutely frustrating

This has got to be the most frustrating piece of fiction I’ve read in a long time!! There is a clear line of of good and evil. Nothing new there but the foolish, naivety of the characters to properly deal with their foes is astounding. Instead, they continuously turn a blind eye to all their plots and schemes. In fact, they take it one step further and grant their foes every opportunity to take advantage of them and yet seem to manage shock and surprise at the outcome. This book left me baffled. I didn’t even want to finish it.

Review 2: Royal Assassin – The Farseer Trilogy Book 2 by Stacie R

A story not worth telling

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Robin Hobb is a great writer and the narrator is amazing but this story is horrible. The protagonist is not a character worth writing about. I wanted to like him but he repeatedly makes the worst decisions and frankly deserves all that happens to him. Nothing about him is heroic or even interesting. Everyone that he cares about is harassed and killed and he does nothing about it. I just don’t think that anyone but a coward or an idiot would act the way he does. Even his pet wolf is smarter than he is.

The villain is stupid too but not one person tries to stop anything he does. The whole story is just frustrating. It sucks I wasted so much time in these books before returning them.

Review 3: Royal Assassin – The Farseer Trilogy Book 2 by Jake

Solid Middle Book

The problem with writing an entire book from a single perspective is that if the character fails to notice/understand something the reader does there is usually very little excuse for it besides stupidity/thickness. The reader possesses little or no outside knowledge but the character fails to make connections – this can become frustrating. Part of the problem is, I think, the reader (or perhaps the tone of the narrator, who is the main character but older) – it makes it hard to remember the character’s age and lack of experience. That said, if you can keep your perspective this probably wont bother you too much.

This book has a great deal of plot development, but manages to leave us completely up in the air as to what direction the next book will take. As many questions are answered as generated. The romantic angle is hit especially hard – I was expecting the typical cycle of “fall in love, discover its doomed, succeed despite the odds and live happily ever after” but its more like “fall in love, doomed, more doomed, miracle, seriously doomed, screw it we’re doing it anyway, DOOM, all is lost, oh look there are other girls, oh wait maybe not…” – poor guy gets the rug pulled out from under him over and over and over. The romantic angle is never my favorite, but at least this one has some variation (and I’m pretty sure its 90% done with for this series).

All in all this is a fairly massive setup for the third book, all the stages are set for something to happen – I just have no idea what.

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