Royal Assassin

Hobb, Robin (Book - 1997)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Royal Assassin

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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

Baker & Taylor
After barely surviving his first mission, young Fitz returns to the chaotic royal court to find King Shrewd on his deathbed, his only ally off on a deadly quest, and the throne up for grabs, but when the Red Ship Raiders obliterate the Six Duchies, the kingdom's fortunes and Fitz's fate are at stake. Original.

& Taylor

Tutored in the dark arts of the assassin under the devious eye of King Shrewd, young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, finds the fate of the kingdom in his hands when it is attacked by the treacherous Red Ship Raiders

Authors: Hobb, Robin
Title: Royal assassin
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1997, c1996
Characteristics: 675 p. : map ; 18 cm
ISBN: 9780553573411
Statement of Responsibility: Robin Hobb
Subject Headings: Assassins Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Assassins
LCCN: 95034657
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Jul 30, 2012
  • happycanuck rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

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.

Apr 26, 2011
  • jstark rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

Sep 09, 2010
  • workerbee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • diamond_shark rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.


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Jul 23, 2010
  • cpurvis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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