Assassin’s Quest (Farseer #3) by Robin Hobb
Published: March 3rd 1997 by Spectra
Rating: 5/5 stars – Absolutely loved it
I won’t provide a synopsis as this is the third and final book in the trilogy. If you want to read my reviews on the first and second book, you can find them here:
(1) Assassin’s Apprentice
(2) Royal Assassin
This is a spoiler-free review, even if you haven’t read book 1 or 2!
I should have written this review months ago… Oh well, I’m finally getting to it. This is the third and final book in the Farseer trilogy -which is the first trilogy in her overarching Realm of Elderlings series.
It’s no secret that I have loved this series from the start. It’s definitely not one everyone will enjoy, mostly because a lot of people go into it with the wrong expectations. This trilogy is the story of FitzChivalry, a bastard to the King-in-Waiting. When they find out he has a bastard, he decides to step down (and dies -that’s not a spoiler by the way). Fitz is then brought up at the castle, and trained to be the assassin for the King of the Six Duchies. This is a slow-paced, character-driven story. Don’t go into this expecting one assassin scene after the other, because you’ll be sorely disappointed. Instead, you’ll get to know these characters like no other. They’ll become your family, your friends, and your enemies.
This 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 did. During this entire book, I basically just wanted to hug him and not let go.
Obviously, there are many other characters I’ve come to love in this series. Nighteyes is probably one of my favorites. No one will ever trump the Fool though. Like I said, these characters will feel so familiar to you. Robin Hobb manages to make Fitz’s family feel like your family. Here’s one of my favorite moments of The Fool:
“But for now, let me show you something else. No, step back, please, so you can see it all. Here it comes.” I heard the slam and the latch. “The outside of my door,” the Fool announced gladly. “I painted it myself. Do you like it?”
I almost cried when the book was over. I immediately wanted to continue with her Realm of Elderlings series, because Robin Hobb is an absolute genius. I need to read all of her works, and I need to read them now. I don’t really know what else I can say about this book without spoiling anything though.
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 more of her work.