Assassin's uest Epub Ú Hardcover

Assassin's uest Epub Ú Hardcover

Assassin's uest [PDF / Epub] ☄ Assassin's uest ✓ Robin Hobb – King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal As is Fitz—or so his enemies and friends believe But with the help of his allies and his beast magic he emerges from the grave deeply scarred in bod King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal As is Fitz—or so his enemies and friends believe But with the help of his allies and his beast magic he emerges from the grave deeply scarred in body and soul The kingdom also teeters toward ruin Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital while the rightful heir Prince Verity is lost to his mad uest—perhaps to death Only Verity’s return—or the heir his princess carries—can save the Six Duchies   But Fitz will not wait Driven by loss and bitter memories he undertakes a uest to kill Regal The journey casts him into deep waters as he discovers wild currents of magic within him—currents that will either drown him or make him something than he was Praise for Robin Hobb and Assassin’s uest   “Fantasy as it ought to be written Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons”—George R R Martin   “An enthralling conclusion to this superb trilogy displaying an exceptional combination of originality magic adventure character and drama”— Kirkus Reviews starred review   “Superbly written wholly satisfying unforgettable better than any fantasy trilogy in print—including mine”—Melanie Rawn.

10 thoughts on “Assassin's uest

  1. Regan Regan says:

    im not okay

  2. Petrik Petrik says:

    This review won’t be pretty I’m severely disappointed with this installment I don’t know if this is considered an unpopular opinion or not but if it is I’m warning anyone who’s a fan of this book to just skip reading this review Everything here is my opinion and if you loved this book I’m truly happy for you Believe me it pained me to give this book a 2 stars rating—and this is me being generous already—but I really can’t give this book a higher rating than thatSnail’s uest Repetition uest Tea’s uest Patience’s uest or just Ass uest for all I know Assassin’s uest shouldn’t be the title for this book Royal Assassin ended on a cliffhanger that immediately pushed me into starting this book and at first I was amazed and delighted by the strong start of the book The way Hobb dealt with the aftermath of the final events in Royal Assassin was fantastic and I thought it would stay that way throughout this tome Sadly it didn’tBefore I get into the things that didn’t work I’m dedicating this single paragraph towards my favorite parts of the book—which shouldn’t come as a surprise—Nighteyes The Fool and Hobb’s prose Strong beginning aside Prose wise this is Hobb’s best so far Her writings kept on getting better with each installment and there’s no doubt her prose was one of the main reason I was able to finish this book I also thoroughly love reading Fitz and The Fool development here and I’m starting to see why a lot of readers praised their friendship highly However when it comes to the best part of the book and the trilogy itself Nighteyes once again became my favorite and saving grace I don’t think I can’t emphasize this highly enough Fitz is a much better character when Nighteyes is around him Unfortunately these are the only good parts of the book for meThere are so many things that didn’t work out for me that if I was to list and explained them all it would be spoilers and it would make this review extremely long Instead I’ll just describe the major parts that didn’t work out for me Let me start with the female characters One of the greatest female characters of the trilogy Patience didn’t make an appearance just like my patience reading this book but rather than her we get four completely new female characters Usually this shouldn’t be a problem especially when we already know that this is not the last trilogy in the Realm of the Elderlings series But three of them were completely useless and infuriating for the storyline this includes Starling Yes in my opinion she doesn’t belong in the story other than being an anchor for Fitz and the gangThe main issue I had with these new characters are they appeared only to show that they’re freaking aroused by Fitz and wanted to have sex with him right from their first encounter One character even said she wanted to sleep with Fitz only because Fitz’s face “flushed” The Sims has believable sex story than thisIt’s infuriating that on one hand Hobb writes fantastic complex and realistic female characters like Patience and Kettricken on the other hand she put in these thot that hoe over there which served almost no purpose rather than to be turned on by Fitz’s Apparently being depressed aroused ladies in the Six DuchiesThis isn’t even the main problem almost every damn side characters are actually an asshole here Nighteyes and The Fool were literally the only true friends for Fitz the rest have some kind of hidden agendas for him Some said Fitz is whiny and moody I'll say that he deserved to be those Try being in his shoes and see if you’ll accept the situation calmly or not I’m not saying Fitz isn’t stupid he is some of his actions don’t even make any sense However even if Fitz sacrificed his balls or any parts of his body which in a way he already did plenty of times for these people he always tried to help it simply won’t satisfy them I’m talking about everyone this includes Verity and every goddamn prick who doesn’t know the meaning of the word gratitudeOne of MANY examples Fitz did something wrong because he didn’t know about the situation insert character name that knows about the situation was angered because of his action BUT heshe won’t tell Fitz the reason why Repeat this til braindeadThe thing is the knowledgeable character said if heshe let him know the results will be catastrophic but then when Fitz finally found out NOTHING happened This illogical actions happened tons of times especially when it has something to do with the magic system Skills I have to also say Skills have become one of the worst magic systems I've ever read it's way too vague abstract and it relies heavily on the concept why not? For example one character would say “I can’t help you I ran out of power to Skill” 5 pages later Skill the shit out of everything or Fitz said “I must not Skill it’s dangerous” 1 page later Skill the shit out of everything Repeat this til braindead againI could go on and on but let me get to the main problem pacing issue Ever since Assassin's Apprentice there’s already a pacing issue that lingers Royal Assassin contained the same issue but in here? it was tenfold worse This is especially true for page 220 400 which was one of the most boring experience I’ve ever had in my lifetime of reading My temptation to DNF at this period of time was insane The main problem was once again repetition overload and mostly because Fitz was alone with a bunch of new characters here Fitz is a finely written character there’s no doubt about that whether you love or hate him But this trilogy main appeal is not Fitz on his own but his relationship with all the other side characters Their interactions written by Hobb made reading through a bunch of nothingness great Leaving Fitz alone just bored the crap out of me and made the already draggy pacing even worse Also instead of focusing on the storyline we instead get tons of herb and tea gathering that made me think this is a historical fantasy of British ancestors I doubt the British drank tea that much all the characters were practically a tea master or addictThe conclusion was also full of deus ex machina that it made the 500 pages of traveling not satisfying After struggling so hard to reach the conclusion the conclusion ended within two short chapters and one of them being completely off screen This is at most a 400 pages book this book contained 330k words and most of them are either repetition or a summary of the last books It’s like the editors gave up on editing because of boredom and said “You know what? Let the readers know how painfool editing are”Picture Assassin’s uest by Marc SimonettiI’m sorry Robin Hobb and I’m sorry for the fans for writing this review It’s very rare a book could disappoint and infuriate me this crazy Assassin’s uest was a major disappointment to the trilogy; 2 stars rating is in fact the lowest rating I ever gave to the last book of a trilogy I’m just glad this is over Some of Hobb fans warned me that this is one of her weakest books I sincerely hope it’s truly the weakest because I don’t think I can bare through another book like this The good thing is the same fans also told me that everything starting from here are mostly smooth sailing I will definitely continue to The Liveship Traders but contrary to my original plan I’m going to take a few books break first before diving back into this world But hey at least the books are pretty I guessPicture My copies of The Farseer Trilogy Series review Assassin's Apprentice 45 stars Royal Assassin 45 stars Assassin's uest 25 stars Farseer Trilogy 1015 stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    All the stars for NighteyesMel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  4. Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥ Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥ says:

    ”Death is always at the edge of now Nighteyes’ thought was gentle Death stalks us and he is ever sure of his kill It is not a thing to dwell on but it is something we all know in our guts and bones All save humans”Sometimes I think that Nighteyes actually is the wisest character of them all He has a way to see the truth in the world and he’s never hesitant to voice it which certainly is a trait many of us humans lack XD Well anyway let’s not get philosophical right at the beginning of my review lol Let’s focus on the third book of this awesome series instead ; I know many of my goodreads friends gave “Assassin’s uest” a rather low rating and weren’t happy with the ending and even though I understand their reasoning I still feel the need to declare that I liked it Yes you read right I liked it and enjoyed to read this 700 pages book So how come that I ended up relishing this book even though about 70% of my friends didn’t? I guess the answer to this is simple I had no expectations lol After the ending of book two I had no idea where Robin Hobb wanted to go with this so you could either say that I was blissfully oblivious to every possible outcome or you could go with the theory that there were so many possibilities that I didn’t care in which direction it would head XDNo matter how you prefer to look at it it definitely made it easier to cope with the huge changes that happened in this book And truth be told there were uite a lot which probably is the reason why so many of my friends didn’t enjoy this last book For instance the story line is no longer bound to Buckkeep but plays in the Six Dutchies instead and unlike in the first two books skilling is taking a huge part as well Some parts of the plot are even played out through skilling alone and if we wouldn’t have been with Fitz we might have never known about those details So yes the surroundings are different the tone of the book is different the interactions between the cast of characters are different and the ending is so very different to everything everyone imagined that it is kind of hard to wrap your head around it lol It’s different yes but in my humble opinion “Assassin’s uest” isn’t only a great book but also worth reading ; And because I still have so many other things to say I’ll head directly to my characters section nowThe characters You are entering my character section which is also widely known as my spoilery spoiler section so if you don’t want to be spoiled and still want to experience this book on your own you better don’t continue to read now XD This is a fair warning Don’t say I didn’t give you a choice because unlike Fitz you actually have one ; P FitzChivalry ”No choice no choice no choice Never any choice about anything Fate had made me a killer a liar and a thief And the harder I tried to avoid those roles the firmly I was pushed into them”My poor Fitz I don’t know how often I said this already but no matter how often I say it it still holds true If you ask me Fitz is Robin Hobb’s personal scapegoat and when she wrote his character she probably was like Mhmm how else could I destroy him? Because seriously that boy went through so much already and he JUST DESERVES BETTER THAN THAT Plus the injustice that happened in those three books is outrageous I mean he died for his king and then he was forced back into his body The peace he had once again ripped away from him because other people decided that his work wasn’t done Believe me when I say that I understood every single one of Fitz emotions I mean he gave them everything his youth his love his life and yet it still wasn’t enough? What else could they possibly want from him? It’s no surprise he wanted Regal and his coterie dead and I don’t even blame him for his stupid actions For him they were justified Also DAMN THEM ALL FOR PLANNING TO USE HIS DAUGHTER WITH MOLLY AS WELL He did everything for them and that’s the way they repay him for it? By being willing to use his only daughter as a tool and pawn as well? AADFASKDFASFDJSAKDFAJSDKFA That made me so angry I can’t even breathes fire And yet still despite everything that happened despite all the things they would have done to him without even batting an eye Fitz still would have given his LIFE for Verity’s dragon Because he is precious and pure and he loved Verity GAH As for the ending I saw the thing with Molly and Burrich coming from miles away so it was no surprise for me Poor Fitz obviously didn’t anticipate it though I feel so heartbroken for him TT And Regal I can’t believe Fitz let him live He actually LET HIM LIVE and turned him good by implanting fanatic loyalty in his mind OMG Of course Regal died in the end but it was not through the hands of Fitz My precious precious destroyed boy TT ”That debilitating fear was a cowering presence inside me I knew with a sick certainty that if I were pressed I would become it I was no longer FitzChivalry I was what was left after fear had driven him from his body” ”The choice was simple Be a wolf with no past no future only today Or a man twisted by his past whose heart pumped fear with his blood” ”You can’t even imagine what you’ve taken away from me I should be dead but you wouldn’t let me die All with the best of intentions always believing you were doing what was right no matter how it hurt me But who gave you that right over me? Who decreed you could do this to me?”Verity ”You He has refused to allow you to be put into the dragon He could do it you know whether you willed it or not He could simply reach out and pull you into him But he refuses He says you love your life too much he will not take it from you That you have already laid down too much of it for a king who has returned you only pain and hardship”sighs deeply Verity it made me so sad to see what has become of him I mean I always hoped that Verity would come to their rescue bringing the Elderlings with him and then we find him carving a dragon out of stone Gosh what it cost Verity to make that dragon He lost his memories his humanity; he gave everything into that dragon just to bring him to life It was painful and sad to see Verity like that especially because he was one of my favourite characters and I always hoped that he’d actually become the king of the Six Duchies and would live a long and nice life with Kettricken Robin Hobb wouldn’t be Robin Hobb if she wouldn’t have spoilt things for me though lol Plus even in those last moments of his life he used Fitz and it was something that rankled me big time I mean I understand why he used his body to sleep with Kettricken but damn Fitz deserved better than that and Kettricken too So yes I definitely was no happy camper when it came to that turn of events The Fool ”I am glad glad that you are alive To see you take breath puts the breath back in my lungs If there must be another my fate is twined around I am glad it is you”I think now is the moment to scream I LOVE THE FOOL His character is soo damn amazing that I can’t help but adore him The Fool was always one of my favourites and that he played such a huge role in this book made me than just a little happy I always wanted to know about him and his roots and my wish was finally granted XD Also I loved that Starling believed him to be a woman who is in love with Fitz lol I mean yes he’s definitely in love with Fitz but I’m pretty sure he’s no woman or at least not all of the time ; P If you ask me the Fool was initially born as a man but is gender fluid and considering that this book was written about 20 years ago I have to give Robin Hobb kudos for being brave enough to invent his character 333 Still there is so much I don’t know about him and I hope that one of the other trilogies will provide me with even information about his origins and background story I can’t get enough of him and I want MORE ”That is one thing that in all my years among your folk I have never become accustomed to The great importance that you attach to what gender one is”“Well it is important ” I began“Rubbish” he exclaimed “Mere plumbing when all is said and done Why is it important?”Chade ”Over and over and over again you forget your place You are not a prince you are an assassin You are not the player you are the game piece” What can I say about Chade? I’m glad he and Fitz sorted things out and that he mourned him when he thought him to be dead but still I hate that Fitz was always some sort of tool for him I’m sure Chade didn’t know any better because he was raised being a tool himself but damn I can’t forgive him for everything he did Especially not for trying to use Nettle as a pawn as well It was wrong and he should have known that Starling ”Honor and courtesy and justice they are not real Fitz We all pretend to them and hold them up like shields But they guard only against folk who carry the same shields Against those who have discarded them they are no shields at all but only additional weapons to use against their victims” I still don’t know if I liked her or not I mean she was as likeable as they come but I didn’t feel anything for her In fact I was as indifferent to her as Fitz and I’m not okay with them being occasional lovers Fitz deserves so much better than that and I really hope that one of the other books will finally give him the happy life he longed for He deserves it The relationshipsFitz Nighteyes You will pay for this I promise youIn answer I leaned down to pat his shoulder and then scratch his ears Wag your tail Nighteyes “He’s a loyal old dog I should have known he wouldn’t be left behind”The things I endure for you He wagged his tail OnceI have so much love for those two Their friendship is everything and it made me so sad when Nighteyes decided to go his own way for a while I mean I know why he did it and what he wanted to achieve with it but it was really sad to see them separated By now their bond is so strong that Nighteyes is no longer just a wolf though He has human features and this certainly doesn’t make it easy to live among the wild wolves Also can we take a second and appreciate the joining of the Fool Fitz and Nighteyes? I love those three together Bless Nighteyes for accepting the Fool into their pack 333Fitz The Fool His cool fingers moved tentatively down my face tracing the scar and the broken nose He leaned down suddenly to rest his brow against mine “When I recall how beautiful you were” he whispered brokenly and then fell silent The warm drip of his tear against my face felt scaldingI LOVE THIS SHIP AND I WILL GO DOWN WITH IT You can say what you want but I adore those two They fit together so perfectly and if anyone should be at Fitz’s side then it’s the Fool I mean seriously their chemistry is amazing and I ship them harder than I ever shipped Molly and Fitz Plus it’s not one sided No matter how much Fitz tries to deny it it’s still obvious that he cares for the Fool deeply and even loves him He was so worried when the Fool had a fever and he knows him better than anyone else OH AND DID I MENTION THAT THE FOOL KISSED HIM??? He freaking kissed him AHHHHHHH runs around hyper I will ship them forever and for always and I genuinely hope they’ll be reunited in one of those following trilogies XD 333 ”There was a naiveté to you that none of the ugliness could stain as if you never truly believed in evil It was what I liked best about you” The Fool swayed slightly where he sat but righted himself “It was what I missed the most when you were dead” ”Ah Fitz” he said uietly a moment later “You do not know how much it means to me that I can still make you laugh If I can stir you to laughter I can laugh myself” ”There now you have said it” the Fool replied as if I had proven his point for him “And I love you and all that is a part of you” He cocked his head and the next words held a challenge “And do you not return that to me?”He waited I desperately wished I had never started this discussion “You know I love you” I said at last grudgingly “After all that has been between us how can you even ask? But I love you as a man loves another man ”Chade Fitz “Oh my boy my boy I believed you were dead When Burrich sent me word he had found your body I thought my heart would break The words we had when last we parted but here you are alive if not well” Curse Chade for being willing to use Fitz’s only daughter No matter how much he seems to love Fitz as long as it would serve his purpose and his king he would still sacrifice my boy in the blink of an eye That’s not right Where is his conscience? How can he do such a thing to a person he loves? I don’t understand it and I think I never will I could relate to Fitz’s anger and I don’t blame him for being furious with Chade In fact I understand him way too well ”You can have me” I told him uietly “And I will do my best to bring Verity back and do all I can to restore him his throne You can have my death if that is what it takes More than that you can have my life Chade But not my child’s Not my daughter’s” Verity Fitz ”I knelt on the rise looking down at the town knowing clearly what I wished with all my heart to do And I could not do it Nothing held me back no man lifted a hand or sword to me and bid me turn aside Only the small insistent voice in my mind battering at me Come to me come to me come to meAnd I could not do otherwise”Okay I admit it As much as I love Verity I was still slightly angry at him for forcing Fitz to come to him I mean that boy endured enough and now he even had to go on a uest because Verity told him to I know Verity didn’t do it on purpose but still it left a bad aftertaste especially because Verity of all people should have known how powerful a skill command is Also I didn’t like how Verity’s life ended Sure he saved the Six Dutchies but he would have deserved better than to end up as a stone dragon Plus that unfeeling Verity had nothing to do with the Verity I came to love Poor Kettricken to go all that way only to discover that her husband has no feelings for her any because he put everything he is into a dragon sighs I guess when it comes to this ending I’m totally with the 70% of my friends that didn’t like it lol ”It would be a poor courtesy to Hod’s skill to pass this on with a blunted blade Take better care of it than I did Fitz” He resheathed it and handed it to me His eyes met mine as I took it “And better care of yourself than I did I did love you you know” he said brusuely “Despite all I’ve done to you I loved you”At first I could think of no answer to that Then as he reached his dragon and placed his hands on its brow I told him “I never doubted it Never doubt I loved you”ConclusionThere were many things I didn’t like about “Assassin’s uest” but despite everything that happened the positive things still outweighed the negative aspects of the book It was not the ending I expected and if things would have gone my way I would have gone for a nicer conclusion considering that Robin Hobb wrote other books that feature Fitz and the Fool I can’t be all too unhappy about it though lol A solid and unexpected ending for a great trilogy I know I’m SOO going to regret this but I really really really need to know how Fitz’s story is going to continue Aww damn I’m so not ready for that heart ache frowns and fidgetsOH TO HELL AND BACK AGAINTo say it with Celaena Sardothien’s words “My name is Virginia and I will not be afraid” I can do this I can do thisI CAN FREAKING DO THIS Kay I think I’m ready now lolPS Oh wait is that an actual dragon in the background? How come I missed this? OMG Oo

  5. Markus Markus says:

    Buddy read with AlexaIt’s a hard thing to do to constantly force yourself onward in a series that has never managed to fully catch your interest just waiting for it to improve And then to reach the end and realise that it doesn’tI really wanted to like this series After finishing both the first and the second book I was torn between two different ratings and on both occasions decided to give the book the highest one All in hope of drastic improvements that could make the series as interesting as I hoped it would be from the beginning But in the end I was disappointed and I simply have no patience left Assassin’s uest has the exact same problems as the first two books in the trilogy only much so My irritation with Fitz grew by the page and at this point he is very near to becoming my least favourite protagonist ever I was warned about it but I didn’t heed those warnings simply because I didn’t think it would be this bad He goes around whining about everything and everyone and refuses to do anything about it When I started reading this series I expected an intriguing tale of an assassin and his exploits If Fitz even deserves to be called an assassin he must be the most useless one in the fantasy genre He only attempted one actual assassination throughout the entire book which did not even come close to succeedingThe other characters are not much better I’m not going to write a long paragraph about each and every one of them so let it suffice to say that in the end there were only two characters I enjoyed reading about Patience and Nighteyes One of them did not appear in this book at all the other was absent for large parts of it The rest of the characters did nothing but frustrate me one way or anotherI need to talk about one character though Regal Regal Farseer is doubtlessly among the worst villains I have ever read about in fantasy While there are many antagonists motivated solely by a lust for power Regal stands out among them Like Fitz so elouently said he is ”a whining spoiled child who schemed to take his older brothers' toys” And when Regal gets the toys he so desperately wants he has no idea whatsoever of how to hold on to them and defend them So he turns into a madman for no apparent reason and becomes a paranoid idiot who believes that everyone just wants to take from him what he rightfully deservesThen there is the matter of the constant failures of the protagonists Like I wrote in one of my status updates the entire book and trilogy is about failure after failure after failure You can see each one coming long before it happens rendering the book amazingly predictable and every time Fitz managed a miraculous escape mostly through sheer luck Because of all that large parts of this final book were utterly and completely pointless and served no other purpose than to pull the reader through yet another of Fitz’ numerous failuresFurther the ending was not satisfying at all First it felt rushed The entire trilogy was concluded and in the space of two short chapters at the very end of the book Too much was sueezed into that small space which is almost ironic considering that there were long parts in the middle of the book in which nothing happened at all Second it didn’t really explain anything and provided few and inadeuate answers to uestions raised Besides the fact that a handful of characters have died one could just turn the time back to the beginning of Assassin’s Apprentice and it would be a rather similar ending to the one delivered hereTo summarise all that in one short sentence I was not happy with this book at all There was so very little that caught my interest that it became a very difficult book to get through To be fair there are a couple of interesting parts introduced in the last third of the book but the problem was that at that point I was so disillusioned I did not care about any of itBecause of the infamous bad apples again I am willing to give the works of Robin Hobb another chance But not yet

  6. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Robin Hobb certainly knows how to deliver a spectacular conclusion The build up going into these final chapters was immense; she draws the plot out so much that when the ending does arrive it’s almost explosive because it’s so shocking that it has finally been delivered I love the way she keeps doing this to me but this book wasn’t without its faults The villain Prince Regal remains a bit of a frustrating mystery and the final resolution though good was a little glossed over This is the only book of Hobb’s in which Fitz is the narrator that I have problems with Firstly though I’m going to lay down the positives The Lone Wolf Fitz has narrowly escaped death a few times now and his most recent escape has uite literally changed him forever His bond with his wolf has intensified tenfold Fitz now thinks like a wolf and acts like a wolf He’s a different man because of the ancient magic that saved his life He seeks solitude and the great outdoors; he wishes for seclusion and to be completely left alone; thus he must overcome another great personal obstacle if he is going to exact his revenge He must return to himself and think like a human once This is no easy task because his only companion is his wolf Nighteyes Fitz is in danger of losing himself completely if he doesn’t realise the importance of his part in the events to come I thought we had lost you I thought we'd done something worse than let you die' His old arms were tight and strong about meI was kind to the old man I did not tell him they had He still pines for his Molly though he knows he must forget her The world thinks he is dead so to go to her would put her in serious danger Fitz has enemies many enemies They would gladly murder anyone associated with him to draw him out So Fitz learns to live with his personal sacrifice and move on; he knows Molly is safe with Burrich he is now left to follow the path of the lone wolf But this is something he must overcome; he cannot save the Six Duchies by himself He needs his Fool; he needs his friend he needs his Beloved This really drove the story forward as Fitz began to overcome his sorrow The antagonist makes no sense The ending was exciting and fast so very fast It was a good ending but it needed substance; it needed to be seen through the eyes of the characters and not mentioned in a brief summary In addition I though the revelation of what drove Prince Regal was incredibly flat I expected there to be some great and hidden evil that guided his corruptness; I thought there would be a reason for his usurpation and self serving selfishness that almost destroyed what was at the time his own realm It just doesn’t make sense why he would allow his territory to be taken without a fight If he wanted to be King then surely he would want a large kingdom and not one surrounded by enemies His actions made little sense and were just plain stupid to the point of ridiculous Indeed Regal appears to be a spoilt boy who has no sense of any intellect His actions were self destructive and random He’s a terrible antagonist because there is no logic to his character If there was a true reason behind his motives it was never revealed This is my only criticism of Hobb’s writing; it is the lowest point of this entire series because of it But it is far outweighed by the positives of her storytelling This series overall is really good Regal is only one aspect of the plot The protagonist is still excellent and well thought out regardless of the sloppy bad guy Fitz has come so far through this story and has developed into a true hero as signified by his final actions towards his biggest foe and how he helps his king This is important that Regal’s poor characterisation And as ever his friendship with the Fool defines this series; it makes it what it is Only together could they find King Verity The Farseer Trilogy 1 Assassin's Apprentice An overwhelming five stars 2 Royal Assassin A character defining five stars3 Assassin's uest A solid 35 stars

  7. Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~ Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~ says:

    Actual Rating 25 StarsThough it pains me to say this Assassin's uest is the weakest installment of the Farseer Trilogy It's not necessarily a bad book but I am pretty split down the middle on things I did didn't like about this conclusion and so a 25 stars felt appropriate While the opening scene is very strong this book ultimately suffers from a monotonous journey with an indistinct rushed conclusion Unfortunately I won't be able to explain myself further without spoilersSPOILER ALERTSo the book begins with the resurrection of Fitz's human form from Nighteyes Burrich Chade Nighteyes now accompany Fitz in a hidden cabin in the woods while he attempts to relearn what it means to be a man instead of a wolf This is a strong opening is by far one of my favorite scenes in the bookThe seuence ends in an emotionally charged battle of words that scatters our heroes onto their own separate paths The conflict is written incredibly well with each character having a justifiable perspective It pierced my heart to watch them allow their disagreements to fracture the group but overall it felt like a realistic necessary development for all involvedSo now Fitz strikes off with only Nighteyes to assassinate Regal we come to one of my biggest ualms with this final bookIT'S SO DAMN REPETITIVEEvents proceed as such from this point on1 Fitz is captured2 Fitz's situation looks completely inescapable3 Fitz escapes usually with help from Nighteyes 4 Fitz uses his Skill to peek in on Burrich Molly5 Optional Fitz meets a young woman who tempts him to sleep with herI haven't measured but I can confidently say at least 60% of the book is made up of this cycle repeating itselfThe first time Fitz is captured I was on the edge of my seat wondering how in the world he could escape from Will's grasp from inside of Regal's castle But when Fitz is captured twice the excitement of the moment is uite dampened by the fact that I'm certain he will find a way out of his situationThis renders Fitz's captureescape scenes pointless uninteresting for the most partAll the while Fitz manages to meet three separate women none of which are Molly who all want to fuck him Look I know Fitz is supposed to be dashing or whatever but this is overkill If this weren't enough to make me roll my eyes all of these women turn out to be insufferable The first Honey makes Fitz the butt of all her jokes sarcasm only to sneak into his sleeping uarters within a couple days of knowing him When he refuses she goes back to being sour self important for the rest of the time she is in Fitz's company even after he saves her life her sister father's lives The second whose name isn't even important enough for me to remember is part of a travelling caravan that Fitz briefly joins He is momentarily tempted by her offer but eventually declines out of loyalty to Molly When thwarted this girl threatens to go to the caravan leader with her suspicions that Fitz is the Farseer Bastard King Regal is searching for So to put it plainly she's a piece of shitLastly we meet Starling a minstrel who Fitz also encounters in the traveling caravan Starling begins with a lot of potential seems at first to be one of the most realistic female characters Fitz meets in this installment My opinion of Starling uickly goes downhill when she first reprimands Fitz over how he treats Molly then immediately tries to sleep with him What the fuck? Fitz refuses and from this point on Starling is nothing but a headache for Fitz She tags along with him simply because she wants to bear witness to something amazing that she can write a song about secure her own future Along the way she ends up revealing the existence of Fitz's child against his will constantly puts off angry angsty vibes and goes on a weird largely unresolved tangent about The Fool being a woman who is actually in love with Fitz I mean what the actual fuck??? Am I supposed to like this character? Am I supposed to sympathize with her? At one point Fitz is in a situation where he can ambush a group of people who absolutely will torture him if they catch him Starling is horrified by the prospect suggesting the heroic thing to do would be to issue a challenge to his enemies instead of taking them down unawaresBitch what do you think this is? A fairy tale? OF COURSE I'M GONNA TAKE THEM OUT IF I HAVE THE CHANCE WHY WOULD I ISSUE A FUCKING CHALLENGE???Near the end of the novel she reveals her sad story to Fitz once again tries to sleep with him By this point I am so done with this character that I couldn't even feel bad for her She's completely irrelevant a huge distraction from my enjoyment of the storyNeedless to say I'd probably strangle her if I were Fitz so kudos to my boy for maintaining his composure in the face of all that nonsense But please don't think Fitz is an angel here because he isn't Fitz constantly uses his Skill sense to check in on Molly Burrich even though he is repeatedly warned that doing so puts their location at risk of being discovered by enemy Skill users Once perhaps I could understand But he literally checks in on them like 10 times each time being cautioned by Verity that doing so is incredibly dangerous One of the last things that really bothered me about this last installment is that I still have no idea why the magic systems function the way they doI understand how the Wit works I understand how the Skill works But I don't know know why This is perhaps due to the First Person nature of the story as Fitz isn't an expert on his abilities either But Hobb found ways to fill the reader in on the historical situation of the Six Duchies the Mountain Kingdom through Fitz and so I'm not sure she couldn't have done a similar thing with the magic system This lack of understanding becomes super apparent as the finale of the book plays out Verity's creation of the Dragon Kettle's release from her Skill burning The Fool's 'betrayal' the effects of the Skill Road on Skill users the Pillar to the past the wakening control of the Elderlings All of it just floats around in a hazy sea of it works that way because it works that way that's not always enough for me to feel satisfiedOtherwise Hobb maintains her excellent writing all the way through to the very end of this trilogy She could probably write a detailed to do list I would be hanging on every word that's how addicting her words are I also particularly enjoyed the glimpses of scenes we get with Burrich Molly I found the endgame of the two falling in love a bit strange to say the least but they definitely have some of the most compelling scenes that break up the intense monotony of Fitz's travels The Fool Fitz have some really gratifying relationship development as does Kettricken in her struggles to find Verity serve the people of the Six Duchies Upon reading this conclusion I'm definitely torn I'm glad to have finished this trilogy as it is surely a story worth reading I've grown close to Fitz Nighteyes The Fool along with a couple other characters and I enjoy the world Hobb has created here But after falling in love with Royal Assassin I was hoping for something a bit satisfying from Assassin's uest As a whole a good trilogy with a killer middle book I'm uite excited to move on to the Liveship Traders Trilogy

  8. James Tivendale James Tivendale says:

    Fitz the presumed dead assassin's apprentice whose tales have now become the stuff of legend in the Six Duchies is a beaten and battered remnant of his former self He survived death with the help of poison his wit bonded companion Nighteyes and his trusted allies Chade the assassin and Burrich the stable master and father figure The majority of this world believe he is dead Even his wife who is pregnant with his child There are still the terrible raidings by the Red Ships that decimate whole settlements and leave people as the murderous zombie like Forged Also the assumed dead rightful King Verity is still trying to accomplish what many people believe is foolish in trying to venture to mythological lands to make allies with the eually legendary and fabled beasts The Elderlings Our first person perspective viewpoint FitzChivalry the Wit tainted and Skill talented bastard still desires to murder his uncle the pretender monarch King RegalI’m going to kill Regal And his coterie I’m going to kill all of them for all they did to me and all they took from me Regal? There is meat we cannot eat I do not understand the hunting of men I took my image of Regal and combined it with his images of the animal trader who had caged him when he was a cub and beat him with a brass bound club Nighteyes considered that Once I got away from him I was smart enough to stay away from him To hunt that one is as wise as to go hunting a porcupine I cannot leave this alone Nighteyes I understand I am the same about porcupinesSome top reviewers I know don't like this final entry to the Farseer Trilogy Although it is lengthy often poetically over descriptive can occasionally be difficult in it's intricate and complex magical scheme concept sections and features lots of travelling I loved it It's intoxicating and almost dreamlike within its presentation and I adored that but will acknowledge that it is not for everyone I've also been advised that after this point Hobb rarely puts a foot wrong in the gigantic door stopping Realm of the Elderlings saga and I cannot wait to continue I would be right now if I wasn't writing thisI'd say this is approximately double the length to Royal Assassin and a large amount of that difference in page count is the Fitz Nighteyes and occasionally a friend or two travelling sections either to attempt to assassinate one uncle or to attempt to aid another uncle who is half the world away At certain instances in the prior two tales it was slow going but this takes it a lot further What also happens uite freuently is that as Fitz is often alone he finds out about events taking place across the environment by skill dreaming This is where he can be in somebody else's mind and can see and feel things from their perspective The skill sections can be confusing whether the dreams the power to converse with a person a world away or the fact that some skill wielders are so powerful they can murder with just a thoughtMany of my favourite cast members are presented here but others who we followed and truly cared about last time are only mentioned This is due to the fact that most people believe that Fitz is six feet under FitzChivalry has a few distinguishing features a scar on his face a broken nose and a streak of white in his hair all from when King Regal was torturing him previously He has to be stealthy throughout often with the aid of Nighteyes' senses People recognise him people see him and believe he's undead and poor Fitzy Fitz as I'm sure the Fool might say well he has to be one of the unluckiest protagonists of all fantasy The Fitz and Nighteyes his wit bonded wolf mind linked conversations were excellent as always He's one of my two favourite individuals featured in this novel In Nighteyes Hobb really has crafted an amazing character and it aids the already excellent world building as we can witness that same event town or possible confrontation from alternative very different perspectives Chade Burrich The Fool and King Regal are brilliantly presented again There are a few impressive new additions such as the minstrel Starling who occasionally follows Fitz around and the mysterious old Lady KettleThis really was an emotional undertakinguest for me Some of the cast re meeting or certain story defining revelations released a plethora of emotions within me I cried was rejuvenated amazed shocked fell off the metaphorical stool I was sitting on I found Assassin's uest exuisite and the narrative of the Farseer Trilogy completely It wraps events up well here but there is so much left to explore of the world what could happen to the characters next the potential unpredictable nature on the horizon etc The last twenty percent after lots of walking camping and hunting was sublime This is edging slowly but smoothly towards being one of my top three series of all time Now if you excuse me back to the Realm of the ElderlingsI healed Not completely A scar is never the same as good flesh but it stops the bleeding

  9. Dana Ilie Dana Ilie says:

    Robin Hobb is an amazing author The characters she builds are so realistic You become completely entranced and connected to all the characters in her books She has superb storytelling skills that won't let you put the book down I STRONGLY suggest reading The Farseer TrilogyThis book was definitely my favorite one of the series I loved watching all the small plot lines develop and come together There was so much going on in this one and Fitz stumbled from one chaotic mess into the other I felt for him I truly didObviously there are many other characters I’ve come to love in this series Nighteyes is probably one of my favorites Like I said these characters will feel so familiar to youRobin Hobb is on a plane all her own in terms of storytelling and getting you to truly feel for her characters Assassin’s uest is just that A huge long unending uest And throughout it all its pure torture for our protagonist as he tries to silently protect all whom he loves despite the fact that they all think him dead It’s perhaps the best uest novel I’ve ever read Yes I’ll go ahead and say that This was adventure at its most perilous its most primal a doomed mission at wit’s endMuch of this uest involved the true bonding with his wolf Nighteyes and how that shaped his character And how that shaped his wolf At the onset of the book Fitz showed characteristics to a wolf than he does a man But subtly Hobb presents you with the opposite happening with Nighteyes He slowly begins to think and act upon situations like a human would It’s brilliant writing Again Hobb astounds with her ability to write In conclusion this book is my favorite of the three I fell in love with so many of the characters and wanted to viciously murder some of the others I would highly recommend you read this series if you haven’t done so already I can’t wait to read of her work

  10. Samantha Samantha says:

    I really enjoyed the first 13 of this book but much of it was repetitive and started to drag I also feel the conclusion didn’t have the payoff I wanted for how bored I was at times I do think that many events in this book will have greater payoff in later books in this expansive universe but that doesn’t help how I felt about this reading experience I’m still very happy I have the foundation of the Farseer trilogy for continuing with the rest of the Realm of the Elderlings and look forward to seeing Fitz again in the future

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