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Starting a middle book of the series is never an easy endeavor, especially if you loved the first book because there are certain expectations and funny thing about expectations is that no matter how small they are, there is always a possibility they won t be met My only expectation for Royal Assassin was it to be at least as good as the Assassin s Apprentice This book didn t just exceeded my expectations, it also solidified this series as one of my favorites and I have yet to read the conclusion and the following trilogies.We continue with the Fitz s story following the events from Assassin s Apprentice Fitz is recovering from those events in the Mountain Kingdom where he contemplates his future and after having a strong vision of a person he cares about, he decides to go back to Buckkeep and to continue serving King Shrewd and his son, King in Waiting, Prince Verity Upon his return he is immediately entangled in perilous events taking place inside and outside of the court The main antagonist, Prince Regal, is plotting his way to the throne while the Red Ship Raiders are continuing to represent a constant threat to the Six Duchies That is just the beginning of the tale and I ll stop here because there is no point in revealing the whole story that is for you to find out and experience yourself There is an abundance of intricate schemes and plots woven into the story making it a compelling read Hobb uses a lot of motifs to establish the overall atmosphere and to weave together the thematic complexities of the plot One motif that prevails and has a great effect on the story and the characters is loyalty Characters are often torn between what they wish to do and what they need to do and that is a great way to flesh out their emotions and inner thoughts making them believable Characterization is the strongest element of Hobb s writing relationships between characters are brilliantly done allowing us to truly get to know them Emotions which manifest from those relationships are setting off the storyline and keep it moving making it a richer experience That leads me to the relationship and a character which is, for me, a highlight of this novel a wolf named Nighteyes Saved by Fitz from a life in cage when he was just a weak cub and giving him food and shelter, teaching him how to hunt so he could one day live on its own Even though reluctant at first, Fitz forms a very strong and unbreakable bond with Nighteyes It s wrong to think of Nighteyes as mere pet or a simple companion, he is way than that, he is a quintessential part of Fitz s life, he gives him strength, he is loyal to the core and he makes him complete They have a strong and mutually dependent bond They are a pack There is a place where all time is now, and the choices are simple and always your own Wolves have no kings. This is a slow burn character driven fantasy with a carefully executed and suspenseful plot which turns in an absolute crescendo in the last quarter of the book and ends in a mind blowing way which makes me very excited to continue this adventure Royal Assassin will appeal to readers who enjoy classic fantasy tales but also readers who enjoyed contemporary fantasy novels likeThe Name of the Wind So, if you belong in any of those groups, I highly recommend that you give this series a try. Wolves have no kings Minor spoilers may follow After being poisoned in the Mountain Kingdom towards the end of Assassin s Apprentice, Fitz is a broken and crippled shell of his former self He swears to himself that he will no longer be one of King Shrewd s men and will not return to Buckeep The day before Burrich and Hands are set to venture back to the capital Fitz has a sort of fever dream Without him truly understanding he finds himself Skilling and resurfaces in the King s body as he is talking to the Fool He is made aware of an illness that ails the King and that all is not well in Buckeep at all After this confusing but eye opening exchange Fitz changes his mind and sets off with his comrades the following morning The Red Ship armies and their forged soldiers are attacking settlements continuously and are getting scarily close to, as if somehow they are being drawn to, the capital city It also soon becomes clear that Prince Regal has malignant ambitions and potential political turmoil is just around the corner Are you sure you ve not had a bad dream If I have, it s lasted most of my life To say that it took me four attempts to read and complete Assassin s Apprentice I had no such gripes with Royal Assassin I raced through the 648 pages in under 4 days and loved every second I fell back into the mind of FitzChivalry effortlessly Hobb s characters are phenomenally well crafted and the way that she s able to arouse my heart, my tears, and also my utter hatred of certain players is masterful The way she makes me despise Prince Regal is as if he were personally treating me the way that he does the bastard My favourites to read about were the honourable King in Waiting Prince Verity, Assassin Master Chade, the eccentric and art loving Lady Patience, and the warrior like but often isolated Queen in Waiting Kettricken Sometimes, Chade observed, it would be much easier to die for one s king than to give one s life to him My absolute favourite scenes throughout the narrative are when Fitz converses with a wolf that he rescued from captivity, Nighteyes We find out a lot about the magic certain people can wield in this entry, especially The Wit known impassionately to most as beast magic , showcasing what Fitz and his companion can do together to help each other Fitz uses Nighteyes senses sometimes, Nighteyes makes him aware when someone is following him, and likewise, Fitz helps his wolf hunt when he has wolf dreams The Skill is also explained and utilised frequently in Royal Assassin especially when Verity can speak to and follow the actions of Fitz when Fitz is fighting the raiders and vice versa when Verity travels to the Rain Wilds in search of the Elderlings Although it does include some stunning action segments, a lot of Royal Assassin is about the quieter times, the thoughts and conversations characters share, beautifully massaging every word, statement, motive, agenda into our mind so then the action scenes hit much harder as we completely understand the consequences from all angles An average day for Fitz would be a conversation with Burrich, with Patience, meeting the Fool, keeping Kettricken company, talking to Nighteyes, conversing with Verity, being summoned by the King, insulted by Regal, still infatuated with Molly and then meeting Chade is the assassin s hidden abode It doesn t sound the most exciting when spelled out like that but I was hanging on every word and adored the entire reading experience Assassin s Apprentice followed Fitz over 10 years of his early existence This narrative takes place over much less time Perhaps a year or two Fitz is a brilliant protagonist, extremely intelligent and he always knows much about what is happening than anybody else can acknowledge, apart from Chade, but even from him, Fitz keeps a few secrets We share Fitz s highs, lows, dreams, dramas and even his utter lucid, revenge inspired madness at one point The last 100 or so pages are absolutely phenomenal Due to the incidents taking place I was gripping my book with such intensity that I thought I was going to rip it in half Eyes glued to the page, every word attacking a plethora of my emotions Royal Assassin is an engaging and intense character focused political fantasy masterclass I ll be reading Assassin s Quest as soon as I can and if things continue this way then Hobb might have written what could become one of my top 3 fantasy series of all time. Sometimes, Chade observed, It would be much easier to die for one s king than to give one s life to him Well, if that isn t the bitter truth then I don t know It s been than a week ever since I finished this book and my feelings are still all over the place I swear the last time I felt as agitated as I am feeling right now was when I finished reading The Kite Runner I m sure by now you re asking yourself what do The Kite Runner and Royal Assassin have in common And the answer is easy OUTRAGEOUS INJUSTICE That s what they have in common GRRRRR goes into grizzly bear mode If there is one thing that makes me really, really angry, one thing I just can t stand than it is injustice And this book was full of it It oozed out of the pages, it dripped down into my heart, it poisoned me and made me so angry I hardly managed to refrain from throwing the book against a wall I swear there were times my knuckles turned white because I was clutching that book so hard ARGH My poor Fitz, my poor Verity My poor King Shrewd and Fool It s just not fair IT S JUST NOT FAIR I suffered with them throughout the entire book, I was frustrated, I was angry, I wanted to tear my hair out I felt their pain and their helplessness and it killed me So if you ever want to read a book that s going to destroy you, just go ahead Royal Assassin will leave you thoroughly broken and I m sure somewhere in Washington State a woman named Robin Hobb is laughing her head off Thank you Robin Thank you for all the suffering and pain, can t you at least give them a little break No Well, I tried and asked, can t do than that, right TT sobs her heart out The characters This section is going to be extremely spoilery and very ranty is that even a word , because I need to get all those feelings off my chest So if you don t want to be spoiled you better leave now and don t return again Well, at least not until you read the book lol This is a fair warning so the rest is up to you P FitzChivalryThe same angry cold twisted and churned inside me, switching from anger to hatred to frustration and back to anger again, building to an unbearable pressure They had no right to do this to me I had not been born to be their tool I had a right to live my life freely, to be who I was born to be Did they think they could bend me to their will, use me however they would, and I would never retaliate No A time would come My time would come I still remember my review of Assassin s Apprentice when I asked if Robin could be so kind to give Fitz a little break Well, she didn t And boy how much my wish was ignored Fitz s life was already so complicated and horrible in the first book, but in Royal Assassin it reached an entirely new level of helplessness and cruelty I swear everything he did was a mistake, every moment he as much as dared to take a little breath made his life even harder, every little action had repercussions and no matter what he did, he never won He managed to avoid the worst, yes, but in the end he never succeeded to turn the tide in his favour Well, until the tide completely swept him away and left him nothing but a broken shell to content with Fitz was so unhappy and desperate it hurt to read about his struggle and the little happiness he found was taken away from him as well It s just not fair, it s not fair to let a young boy suffer so much and I hate Regal for everything he did My poor Fitz, my poor boy, I don t know if he ll ever recover from this TT criesFitz What will you do Tears stung my eyes I blinked, and it passed What I am told, I said heavily When have I ever done otherwise VerityShame to me, not you, to have ignored how ill you have been He had arisen silently He set his glass of wine before me The damage you took was taken for me I am appalled by what I allowed to befall you I forced myself to meet Verity s eyes He knew all that I tried to conceal Knew it, and was miserable with guilt.I still adore Verity but he had to make a lot of tough decisions in this book and I m not sure if all of them were wise I understood his need to help his people and I could relate to him feeling incapable and weak, but he did what he had to do in order to save them and this was already than Regal ever did As it seems Verity will always be caught between a rock and a hard place and I definitely don t envy him his position To be King in Waiting must suck big time and in the end his options were than just limited Still, to go and search the Elderlings was probably the biggest mistake he ever made and if he doesn t find them soon the Six Duchies will go to hell I really hope he has a good plan B because if not they ll all be doomed in the next book You better make this work, VerityI thought only to bring her swiftly home, and hope not too many heard of it As if such a thing could be And so today I think to myself that if ever the crown does come to rest on my brow, it will be in a most unworthy place For a moment I shared his bafflement that anyone could wish harm on these people, and shared, too, his fierce determination that not one life should be lost to the Red Ships BurrichI don t envy you, Fitz Sometimes all a man needs is to growl about his problems to another man They ve denied you even that But take heart, I have faith you can handle them even if you think you can tHmm I still don t know how I feel about him, but I think I liked him in this book We learned a lot of things about his past and I think I can understand him better Still, to have the Wit must be horrible for him I mean just to think about how much he resented Fitz for using it in the first book and now we find out that Burrich always had it too but decided to ignore it It s so ironic that Nighteyes called him heart of the pack because he obviously never wanted to be the heart of the pack It was nice to see that Fitz and him got along so well though and considering everything that happened between them, it was good to know that Burrich still supported him and watched his back Fitz certainly needed that additional help Lady PatienceBut it was not the deed, but the intention that moved me She had given up her quiet life, her orchards and gardens and woods, to come here, to a damp castle of stone on the sea cliffs, to a court full of folk she cared nothing about, to watch over her husband s bastard Patience truly surprised me in this one I mean I always knew that she had come to Buckkeep to protect the illegitimate son of her husband but I never would have expected her to be so close to Burrich I had no idea that they were lovers before Chivalry fell in love with her and their love story was so bittersweet that I couldn t help but feel sorry for both of them Burrich and his unfaltering belief in honour shakes head They could have been happy together sighs Lady Patience definitely deserved better than what she got and I have even respect for her now I really hope the end of Royal Assassin won t have any repercussions for her SBurr she queried quietly He did not even twitch Very gently, she stroked his face You are so thin, so worn, she grieved softly.RegalYou who take the name to yourself of FitzChivalry Farseer need do no than scratch yourself to find Nameless the dog boy Be grateful I do not send you back to the stables, but suffer to let you abide in the KeepI HATE HIM SO DAMN MUCH I can t even That numpty, that tumshie, that huge and big FOOL ASDFJKLMN How is it even possible he s still alive And how is it possible that he s so good at scheming and taking away the throne but doesn t even think twice about his damn actions I mean WHAT NOW Awesome You re King in Waiting now, but what freaking kingdom are you going to reign Your intrigues destroyed it and the Red Ships will do the rest How is it possible he got away with all this HOW URGH This is so unfair I swear by now I just have to read his name and I already see red and turn into a bull If they ever manage to reveal his machinations, if they ever get a chance to catch that slippery eel, I ll laugh my head off I swear So if you hear the laugh of a madwoman it most likely will be me lol I m waiting for his doom and I ve got a lot of patience scratches hoof on the ground XDKing ShrewdI know how you serve me, even when you are brimming with anger at me I could ask little than what you have given me Oh poor King Shrewd There was nothing shrewd about him in the end I hated to see how fast his health deteriorated and how much he suffered in this book At some point I even started to share the Fools wish that he would have a peaceful and simple death Unfortunately he had to suffer the entire book before he was finally allowed to go and the little that was left of his mind had to endure the betrayal of his own flesh and blood as well No, King Shrewds life had a really bad end and no matter what he did, he didn t deserve to die like that Son of my son, blood of my blood In my own way, I have loved you.My king.My young assassin What have I made of you How have I twisted my own flesh You do not know how young you still are Chivalry s son, it is not too late to grow straight again Lift up your head See beyond all this.The FoolBatter away, he suggested quietly New bruises will not show much atop the old ones I can creep about unseen for a few daysI think I love the Fool 3 He grew on me and he s such a mysterious and intriguing character that I couldn t help but be fascinated by the little scraps we got of his past He lived in another kingdom With a mother and two fathers And he can see the future There s so much about him I still don t understand but I m sure he ll play a role in all those books that are yet to come It was nice to see his serious side in Royal Assassin yet I still wish we wouldn t have seen it I felt so sorry for him because it was than just obvious that he truly loved King Shrewd I still don t know what kind of relationship those two had but I guess it might have been like father and son For all I know it could have been romantic though lol I guess I ll never know I still have so many questions and I m afraid they will have to wait until the end of the series XD So for now I just hope that he s still alive somewhere and that he gets time to grief his beloved kingYou fog me, bastard You multiply the futures a thousandfold, just by your existing Catalyst From some of those fogs go the blackest, twisted threads of damnation, and from others shining twines of gold To the depths or the heights, it seems, are your paths I long for a middle path I long for a simple death for a master who was kind to a freakish, jeering servant KettrickenLet us clench our jaws, and remove that which infects us, with as much resolve and regret as if we severed a maimed limb from a body For such is what we do Not vengeance, my people, but surgery, to be followed by healing Do as I say, now That woman was kick ass and yes she made mistakes but she always tried to do what was best for her husband and her people I could understand her insecurity and the way Regal undermined her so thoroughly made me angry enough to chew nails It was undeniable that she was in a difficult position though sighs I mean she was a new queen in a kingdom that was raided and destroyed by the red ships and she s still so very young Without Verity s and the king s support it wasn t easy to secure her position as Queen in Waiting and I think considering all the mean attacks she had to endure she actually did great Maybe she s with the Fool now I really hope Verity will come back and find her and I pray that their child is going to live through that harsh winter ChadeDid you think you could lead two lives Chade s voice was soft but not gentle We belong to the King, boy, King s Men Our lives belong to him Every moment, of every day, asleep or awake You have no time for your own concerns Only hisI don t know what to think about Chade He s a king s man yet he s still somehow responsible for everything that went wrong At least considering king Shrewd I mean I understand why he gave him the strong medicine and why he tried to ease his king s pain but in combination with Regal s drugs it was just too much Why didn t he try to get rid of Regal s drugs Hell, why didn t he try to get rid of Wall ass I know Regal is off limits, sadly But he could have gotten rid of Wallace and used one of his own spies instead That way the king might have still been lucid enough to make the right decisions sigh And why didn t he help Fitz when he was in the dungeons Was to help him die really the only option To poison him again To destroy his body again When will it have an end The relationships ships FitzChivalry VerityDo you know how easy it is, Fitz, to follow a man you believe in He looked up at last to meet my eyes My prince, I said quietly I believe I do I still love their close relationship and I understand why Fitz follows Verity Still, I really wish they would have been able to help each other I know Verity couldn t do anything from the distance but poor Fitz had to pay for everything that went wrong and this just isn t fair He s just a boy and was held responsible for every mistake Verity, Chade, Kettricken and Shrewd made No matter what happened, Regal let him bleed and pay for it and I hated that Verity couldn t help him What also pains me is the fact that Fitz as well as Verity know that he s using him for his own purposes but that they both have no other choice than to go with it Verity feels so guilty for using Fitz and Fitz hates to be used like that but has no other choice than to do what Verity wants In order to survive they both had to use each other and I think their strong and close relationship suffered under the onslaught of their needs Let s hope Verity survives his trip to the Elderlings, let s hope Fitz will get a little peace Let s hope their friendship won t die in the next book Molly FitzChivalryBecause on some nights threats are obvious than others Bad things happen, that make me take stock of what worse things could happen On some nights, it is not the healthiest thing to be beloved of a bastard Fitz and Molly TT Those two broke my heart They love each other so deeply but they can t be together because their circumstances won t allow it Fitz position was so horrible and I bled with him and Molly whenever they had another argument I think the worst thing was that they both knew it wouldn t work but they both still had hope and refused to give up If Fitz would have taken her as his wife or would have acknowledged her as his lover, she would have been dead in a heartbeat Urgh Their situation was so awful I hated the way things ended between them and is it just me but is there actually a chance that Molly is pregnant The way she spoke about her new lover almost sounded like she was talking about a baby and knowing Molly I m pretty sure she would have never told Fitz that she s pregnant Not after their argument and certainly not if Regal could have ordered her death so easily To move to the countryside would be her best option and I think a possible pregnancy would be the best reason for such a step After all she has to ensure the survival of two lives if it s really true I guess only time will tell XDHow can I say I love you so much that I wish I did not love you, or at least could refrain from showing that I loved you, because my love puts you in such danger, and have those words be true Every time I think I have accepted it, I turn a corner and catch myself hoping again But there s never going to be anything for us, is there Never going to be a time that belongs just to us, never going to be a place that is just ours I had no right to her than she had to me But I gave and took and I swear I shall never regret it The memory of that night s sweet awkwardness is the truest possession of my soul Nighteyes FitzNighteyes, my brother How do I thank you Stay alive A pause And bring me ginger cake.You shall have it, I promised fiercely Nighteyes and Fitz were the best They are my new friendship OTP lol I loved their easy banter and Nighteyes was so clever and funny Plus they were so close and I loved it Nighteyes is the best friend ever and Fitz was very lucky to have him Especially considering the ending There is nothing Nighteyes wouldn t do for him and this is true friendship He didn t even hesitate to adopt him into his mind I love Nighteyes and I really hope we ll see even of him XDConclusion Royal Assassin was an amazing fantasy book and even though I suffered so much I still loved every second of it Haha I sound like a masochist now lol This book was not only heartbreaking but also suspenseful and ultimately left me with even questions than I had before I can t help but wonder if this will ever have an end XD If you re searching for a fantasy series that has an amazing world building, awesome characters and will hit you with the feels Search no You already found it P I will rant about this book, there s no doubt in my mind I m simply trying to gather my thoughts Let s try with the first book, Assassin s Apprentice, shall we I liked Book I It was a beginning story, a training story Young FitzChivalry is the bastard son of King in Waiting Chivalry and has to come to terms with a world that doesn t want him King Shrewd, however, decides to train him as an assassin from an early age, and so begins young Fitz journey into adulthood and the intrigues of the royal court Book I works because Fitz is too young to understand half of what he s doing or to give any serious thought to it He s learning to play a dangerous chess game against opponents who have far experience, though usually less sense, than him Therefore, we expect his failures to be on par with his victories, probably to surpass them even.Book II suffers from trying to pull the same stunt twice to an older and experienced Fitz We tell ourselves Fitz would have learned from the ordeals in Book I, that he would try to forge his own identity, make his own decisions, be his own man for once He doesn t At no time did I feel him grow as a character, rather he was always complaining about how unfair life was to him, about what he wanted to do, never sparing a thought for others except occasionally and briefly Fitz is always putting his urges, his desires, first, always at the expense of putting other people in danger An assassin should know better.So, yes, this turns Fitz into a selfish, little brat, but there s still worse to come I ve said it before and I ll say it again heroes and their entourage needn t be stupid for villains to be smart But this is what happens in Book II Everyone, and I mean everyone, is dumb beyond the point of credulity, wielding feeble arguments to argue passivity Of course, this only makes Fitz character even dumber for going along with it all Treason is brewing in the royal court and everyone seems to believe inaction is the best remedy Some even go so far as claiming it s their only choice, a ludicrous thought Peasants, soldiers, lords, all are easily duped by a web of conspiracy that can be seen from light years away Not one character makes a sensible choice throughout the length of Book II and the author has utterly failed to convince me about the reasons why.I suppose what angers me the most is how the author manipulates hope to lure the reader in Hope that Fitz will become his own man, hope that things will turn out okay, hope that somebody will have the sense to kill Regal once and for all and thus put an end to his far fetched charade With every turn of page, every chapter that gets consumed by the reader, things take a turn for the worse each successive title forebodes another dark, depressing chapter, and the reader s hopes slowly, but surely, ebb away It s an incredibly depressing book, not so much for the plot itself, but because of how unbelievably the characters act The author seems intent on convincing you that two plus two equals five when you know it to be four.I tried to convince myself Book III would be better I checked the one star reviews to prepare for the worst and was not disappointed Everything I ve read points to a long and pointless read that turns productive towards its bittersweet ending that seems bitter than sweet There s apparently another trilogy about Fitz exploits that tries to tie some, if not all, of the plot holes of the Farseer Trilogy, but I presently feel too deceived by this trilogy to entertain the notion of beginning another one, with the same dumb protagonist and written by the same author.Originally, I gave this a two star rating out of pity, than anything else, but then Rule of Two came to mind I gave that one a one star rating on the basis of its incredible in the true sense of the word plot, but I think Royal Assassin is the first book I ve read that not only has a plot that doesn t hold water, of any kind, but it is also way too depressing going about it At this point in time, I wish I could erase this book from memory, commit it to some deep, dark corner of my mind and leave it there for all eternity.Some time in the distant future I may gather the will to read the end of this trilogy Or perhaps not But if there s something Robin Hobb has helped me discover is what kind of fantasy I enjoy and what kind I don t I ve discovered I don t enjoy the kind of fantasy that puts its main character through a constant stream of endless suffering that furthers no plot or character development Suffering for the sake of suffering itself is pointless Worse, it s bad writing or, in any event, it makes for bad reading.To close this rather long rant I leave you with this In my world of reading writing I praise subtlety over brutality, cunning over stupidity, strong characters that react to circumstance rather than being manipulated by the author s desires Every writer sets him or herself with an endgame Some, in trying to organise their way through to it, lose perspective of their characters, wondering about getting character X to do action Y and less about why character X should do action Y in the first place I won t say whether this is right or wrong, but I ve always valued the latter over the former So, my advice, for whatever is worth, is this build strong characters, set your pieces, and only then play the game Who knows, maybe the game will take you in unforeseeable directions 4.75 The things we go through for booksThe mental strain, people RTC Actual Rating 4.5 StarsOften times, I m a little hesitant when I pick up older Fantasy I haven t read an abundance of older Fantasy books, but I have discovered from the few I have read that I m not always a fan of the Classic feel It can be tropey predictable even campy, but it really just depends so I never like to let my hesitations keep me from giving things a try Even after a 3 star beginning to the Farseer Trilogy, I m really glad I continued on with the series.Royal Assassin stepped up to fill in all the places where I wanted from Assassin s Apprentice Yes, the pace is still slow But I found myself 100% invested in what was happening in each every scene.Yes, Fitz is still a poster boy for suffering But the foundation provided by the first installment created an attachment to Fitz s well being that makes his suffering meaningful for character growth.Yes, the setting is still largely at Buckkeep But the political situation Regal s continual scheming have developed into a formidable creature with many facets to address thus, Buckkeep castle is an appropriate center point of the conflict.The character development for both minor major characters is off the charts in this installment Lady Patience, Burrich, Molly, Chade, Kettricken, Verity, and The Fool experience some wonderful growth that expands on the social condition of Fitz s life Seeing him forge his relationships while balancing his promises of loyalty, the attacks of the Red Ship Raiders, the Forging of Six Duchies folk, and figuring out how his Wit and Skill will best serve the Realm was quite a treat I also want to mention that the addition of a character named Nighteyes is a huge plus provides some extraordinary complexity to Fitz in ways I can t explain without spoiling parts of the book Whereas before I didn t feel myself fully connecting to the story, this time around I was totally engaged on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen Each scene felt immediately important to the overarching conflict or to developing a critical piece of characterization This with the addition of a couple new characters makes for a narrative that feels complete satisfying.I ve said it before, but I must say again just how excellent Hobb s writing is Dialogue, description, action, you name it, she can write it masterfully It flows like honey without being superfluous I can say without a doubt it s one of my all time favorite writing styles among the many authors I ve read And this may sound strange, but this book in particular has some of the most beautifully tastefully written scenes of intimacy that I have ever read in my entire life If all such scenes were written with this degree of skill I d probably never find them intrusive as I often do.I knocked off half a star because I feel like by this point in the story I should be familiar with the magic systems of The Skill and The Wit There s plenty of experience with both forms of mental magic through Fitz, but I feel like they remain ill defined as far as magic systems go It doesn t feel detrimental to the story largely because of the First Person POV, we experience the magic in the same way Fitz does without much of a clue But I still wish I understood the fundamentals a bit better than I do after spending so much time in this world.Altogether a splendid upgrade from the first novel My investment in the characters story has grown exponentially I m very much looking forward to seeing how this story pans out Fitzchivalry really does feel sorry for himself He is very whiney at times, and this is often misinterpreted as self indulgent uselessness But, in my opinion, that s completely unfair Resting on his shoulders is a whole host of burdens They would, no doubt, overcome a lesser man Every decision he makes is hindered by his obligations Indeed, nothing is easy for Fitz he is restricted by his position in the world This doesn t make him useless, but limited in the actual paths he can take Sometimes he doesn t really have a choice, so his inaction can be seen as hesitation whilst he tries to find the best path A touch of Romance in the chaosSomehow amongst his vast duties to his King, which include being his personal assassin and a reservoir of magical strength for his son, Fitz manages to find romance This is a feat in itself because Fitz is also magically bonded to a wolf, which demands a great deal of his already sought after attention And to top it off, he is hunting down and killing those that have had their minds destroyed by the mysterious invaders Then there s the skill magic which is a constant drain on his mental and physical resources So, the fact that he has actually managed to find love, in this quagmire of murder and court intrigue, is truly remarkable However, this could never become serious in this moment of FitzChivalry s life because he just has too much going on Therefore, what will lead him into love will, ultimately, lead him out of it Fitz is a king s man, and that must always come first His honour demands it the six duchies demand it, and his masters demand it He has no choice but to give everything he has over to the Farseer reign he has to because they have no hope of defeating the red ships without him Fitz simply isn t ready for the relationship he pursues, which, of course, he doesn t really know Not yet anyway I guess he learns a lot through this novel and, as ever, develops into a better person Life certainly isn t easy for Fitz A king that could should have been A moment presents itself in this novel it is a moment that would have changed Fitz s life forever it is a moment that would have changed the six duchies, and the nature of this story, forever if Fitz has given in to temptation His honour and integrity are immortalised in this moment it was at this point in the story that I realised the true nature of the protagonist He is an assassin, but his personality is suited to that of a noble knight Fitz will always come through in the end, but it s good to know where his loyalties lie He will always have a role to play he will always be truly loyal to the Farseer throne, but could never take it for himself He is sacrifice not King Something tells me there are the pale fingers of the Fool in all of this he doesn t want his catalyst, and his pack, tied downCome, hunt with me, the invitation whispers in my heart Leave the pain behind and let your life be your own again There is a place where all time is now, and the choices are simple and always your own Wolves have no kings This novel was so much better than the first one, which says a lot considering I gave that five stars I think this is mainly because Fitz has a much larger role to play He can change things and has strong political opportunities of his own he can, essentially, become than he is, if he so chose Fitz was too young to alter the fate of the Six Duchies before Now, in this, he is much older His voice has weight and his actions have larger consequences However, he may be older, but he still hasn t fully developed his wisdom When the chance comes for justice he almost loses everything he will most certainly learn from this most reckless error I love the magic I love the characters I love the writing I simply love it all The Farseer Trilogy 1 Assassin s Apprentice An overwhelming five stars 2 Royal Assassin A character defining five stars The pace of Assassin s Apprentice was slow In Royal Assassin, the pace of the story is even slower Despite the slow pace, this book and its predecessor managed to stay my interest in the story The world building in this book is done brilliantly The author vividly depicted a life at the royal court, with colorful narratives and a carefully executed, suspenseful plot.The characterization in this book remains a strength worthy to be praised The characters in this book are believable The author allowed her protagonist, Fitz, to make mistakes and suffer the consequences Fitz is a worthy hero He ticks off some of the usual fantasy checkboxes by being a royal bastard and a wielder of special powers But Hobb also cripples him twice First when his powers with the Skill are nearly burned out of him, and again when he s forced to take two rounds of poison in rapid succession He learns to manage the resulting weakness and seizures, but rarely overcomes them entirely The supporting cast is just as endearing Burrich is honorable to the point of misery, Patience is flighty but genuine, the Fool is as quick witted as he is loyal It s a good group I also want to share, that I found writings in this book a pleasure to read Like in Assassin s Apprentice, Robin Hobb wrote beautifully and powerfully Usually, I am not overly fuzzy about the quality of prose in a novel But in the case of Farseer trilogy, I appreciate the excellent writings, because it enhanced the charm of the story.All in all, a stellar read And there s so many directions the rest of this series can head off in I have absolutely no idea what to expect next, and it s written in a way that anyone can pick up the novel and not have to worry about not having read the first installment I recommend this to all those Name of the Wind lovers out there This is right up your alley.In all sincerity, I could not find much to complain about Royal Assassin In my opinion, this book is a solid sequel to Assassin s Apprentice While the pace in this book may be slow, but in the last 50 pages, every plot device was triggered simultaneously, crescendoed to a mind blowing conclusion that ended with a cliffhanger At this point, I am eager to venture into the last book to this trilogy, Assassin s Quest, which will be the final chapter to this moving tale. Reread of paperback for Tome Topple Changed my star rating from 4 to 5 All the stars for Nighteyes as I am the wolf loverI know I don t need to be listening to first time books on audio I know, I know, I know But I m trying to save my eyeballs so I m reading whatever they have on Overdrive and doing my re reads through audible and Overdrive until I get them on audible Why am I rambling about this Well, the reason is that I fought back and forth over giving this a 3 star or a 4 star I mean I was trying to figure out if Nighteyes was the only reason I even enjoyed the book or what Do I want to re read it through my paperback later on I DON T KNOW I m so confused on how I feel about the book That ending though right FinMel `DOWNLOAD E-PUB ☝ Royal Assassin ☠ The Legend Continues Regal S Treasonous Attempt To Usurp The Six Duchies Throne From His Half Brother Verity Has Been FoiledNow, As Fitz Recovers Slowly From The Foul Poison Administered To Him, The King S Fool ProphesiesWe Are Here, Fitz, You And I,to Change The Future And The WorldCover Illustration By John Howe