Review: Royal Assassin | Spoiler-Free

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Royal Assassin (Farseer #2) by Robin Hobb
Published: 01.04.1996
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars – ★★★★★


SynopsisThis is the sequel to the highly successful Assassin’s Apprentice, which sees family betrayal, treachery and assassination in the six Duchies.


I was actually supposed to read this during the #MakeMeRead read-a-thon, but this book is quite long so I didn’t make it. I read and reviewed the first book in this trilogy in the beginning of the year, which you can read here. I really liked the first book, but I have to admit I enjoyed this one more.

The Farseer trilogy follows FitzChivalry, a bastard of the King-in-Waiting Chivalry. In the first book, we follow his childhood mostly. In Royal Assassin however, Fitz is an adult trying to navigate court life.  

I love this series because it is so character-driven. I feel like I truly get to know all of the characters in Fitz’s life, not just Fitz himself. I adore many of the characters, such as Verity and the Fool. I am in love with the Fool! He’s such an interesting character, and we received a lot more information and interaction with him in this book. I can’t wait to read the next ones and see more of him. I do feel a bit sad that Verity was absent in a lot of this book. He adds a great dynamic to the court life, and not seeing him every day made me truly feel his absence. 

There are also certain characters I don’t really love, such as Molly. I like the fact that she wanted to earn money to start her own shop in candles, showing her independence in this way. But her relationship with Fitz is such a mess: constantly thinking badly of the other, lying, believing other people’s lies… I just didn’t root for them. I also think that the Queen changed too much. She was such a fierce and independent woman before her wedding. Now, as a married woman, she is always trying to look for her husband’s approval. She’s still smart and strong, but has lost so much of her personality (in my opinion).

I think Fitz became far more mature in this book. He’s had to grow up, and adjust to his circumstances. He’s had to learn to stop living because life has changed for you. He’s learned that just because you aren’t the same person, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything anymore. I like his character a lot, although I have to admit that I became frustrated with him at times. I wanted him to act sooner. You know part of what’s going on, try and do something! 

I genuinely loved this book. I read it on vacation by the pool, and it engrossed me for hours at a time. I love the characters, and the intricate schemes and plots woven into the story. I love that we get to know the side characters in depth as well. Some of them have become my absolute favorite -like the Fool. And that ending! What? What?

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11 thoughts on “Review: Royal Assassin | Spoiler-Free”

  1. Great review. I just finished this book, and I must say I prefer this one over the first book, unlike the majority of the people. Maybe it’s just the right book at the right time, but I adore all the characters – there are no characters that I disliked. I didn’t think Fitz was whiny at all, I thought he was very human and relatable. Can’t wait to read the third book!


  2. I really need to reread this series, as I recall not enjoying this one as much as the first book and that sort of killed the momentum for me to keep going. It’s been a few years though, I imagine I’ll have a much different opinion if I read this today, now that I have had more experience reading epic fantasy.


  3. Ahh i love this series! Everyone always says this trilogy is the worst out Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings books. When I was reading them I didn’t get it but after reading The Liveship Traders and The Tawny Man trilogies i get there point but i LOVE Fitz and the Fool. Such good characters 🙂 looking forward to seeing what you think of the next one. Are you planning to read the whole series?


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