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Summary

The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy.

Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst.

Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.

Under the watchful eye of Burrich, old King Shrewd's Stablemaster, Fitz must learn to cast off the wild but carefree ways of the wolf and enter once more the human world: a world beset ever more viciously by the relentless Red Ship Raiders who are now left free to plunder any coastal town they please. But more immediately, a world in which he finds he is utterly alone.

Regal has stripped the kingdom of its riches and retired to the inland city of Tradeford. Of Verity, on his quest to find the legendary Elderings, there has been no word; Molly, Kettricken, and the Fool have all vanished. Unless Fitz can find Verity and help him in his quest, the Six Duchies will perish and there will be no safe place to live.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers … what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.” ( The Times)
“In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons” (George R. R. Martin)

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unsuitable voice for this book - but

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This series of books is one of the few of the best books that I have ever read. I have read the series about 3 or 4 times and love them. There is nothing wrong with the book or the story, however the voice over is so wrong for the character, and you may be dissapointed with Nighteyes voice.

What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

I am so sorry to Paul Boehmer but his accent and pronunciation is so very wrong for the chacter or Fitz and Nighteyes, and for telling the story. I felt it needed to be a bit more ragged and gruff - more masculine! Paul is slightly camp and a bit too genteel sounding and if you've read the books.... He does a good Chade however.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I would most definately see the films if they were made.

Any additional comments?

This series of books, the Tawny Fools series and the Liveship Traders series are such engrossing and delicious reads you simply can't put them down. I love them dearly and re-read them regularly and would encourage anyone - even if you're not a fantasy reader to read them.
I have been spoiled with these books however, and cannot find anything as good that I want to read!

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  • Mrs
  • Inverness, United Kingdom
  • 24-08-14

Good follow on

Would you consider the audio edition of Assassin's Quest to be better than the print version?

This is a good follow on from the other book and well read. The information referring to what happen previously helps the listener.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fitz as he seem to be one step behind very one else

Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favourite?

Fool had different sides to him

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh when funny things where said

Any additional comments?

Must read and catch up with others in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Should have been much better

After having listened to the first 2 books I this series I was looking forward to the concluding book in the trilogy but it was a disappointment. The reason being that although the basis of the story was good and followed on from the first 2 books for some reason the author decided to drag it out with what appeared to be meaningless waffle. It was approx 10hrs longer than the first 2 which could have easily been cut and maintained the integrity of the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous book but ending felt rushed

Really loved this trilogy and to be honest, it was due for a 5 out of 5 until the end. I dropped a point though because the ending was essentially a summary. I was looking forward to what I thought would be the pinnacle of the book. But what was presented was a summary. It felt strange as it was not at all in keeping with the style of the book. To me, it felt like an afterthought, 'Oh, and if you're interested in what happened, A did B, and X did Y'. The 'epilogue' was more in keeping with the style though.

All in, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trilogy. Just be warned of a seemingly rushed ending.

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Couldn't stop Listening!

This book had me hooked from start to finish. Once again Hobb brings the tale of the Farseer family alive, Following Fits Journey which is full of twists and turns. Great ending to the Trilogy. I really enjoyed this book but the reason why I gave Performance 4 stars instead of 5 was because the narrater repeated himself on a Occasions, it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book though and I wouldn't let it stop other Listeners downloading this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story - same vein as Patrick Rothfuss

After listening to Patrick Rothfuss's first two book of his trilogy I wanted something similar but complete! I've certainly founded it in Robin Hobb's Farseer series and I've now nearly finished all three. Reading order is:



- Assassins Apprentice

- Royal Assassin

- Assassins Quest



There are many similarities to Patrick Rothfuss or vice versa depending on your perspective. You follow a small boy who grows up learning a kind of magic he never really knew he had and learning to be a Kings Assassin. Great characters who you will learn to love and hate.



If you've read Patrick Rothfuss and are looking for something as good then you won't go far wrong with this Trilogy.



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Didn't want it to end

Great end to the trilogy, totally engrossing,will be listening to more Robin Hobb. And more!

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  • JB
  • 12-02-18

Engrossing!

Phew! Finally got to the end of this lengthy, wonderfully convoluted trilogy! Flagged just a little for me earlier in book two, but perseverance was well worth it. wonderful, imaginative, escapist stuff yet sympathetic characters with just enough humanity to keep you involved, and enough complex, frustrating , at times downrig t scary political and human intrigue, twisting and t urning plotlines, to resonate with anyone who survived the 20th century!.
Glad I stuck with it -will certainly try this author again. Have both read and listened to this in parts. The reading on the Audible version outstanding, and in my opinion does more than justice to this compelling narrative.

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another brilliant book

Fantastic book with a frustratingly brilliant ending. well worth a few more listens.

performance is okay, but could use some work.

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Delightful

After finishing this trilogy I found myself at a loss as I didn’t want it to end. If that’s not the sign of a good book then I don’t know what is. I’m looking forward to the other Robin Hobb books, many thanks to the lady and Paul Boehmer.

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  • Katrine
  • 20-08-17

Great long story, slightly weak ending

I loved every minute of it, right up until near the end. It then seemed like the author just wanted to be done with it, like some things just magically happen or things that the lead character has been struggling with always he just sort of suddenly succeeds with, the cavalry files in from overhead and saves the day etc. A little bit too easy it feels like, when comparing to the otherwise very long and detailed book about every minute of this guy's life.

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  • Rick
  • 04-05-13

Good characters, poor reveal

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes, if he or she were a fan of fantasy

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I hate it when you know the plot twists before the protagonist. I was just thinking he must be an idiot if he can't see it.

What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Distinct, appropriate voices.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I cared about the character, but I was annoyed his development was slow in parts, and that he always reacted emotionally. Considering what he'd been through you'd think he would have got a handle on his emotions and never seemed to develop. He was also thick, you can see plot twists coming a mile away, but the hero never seems to which had me yelling at my car stereo "you idiot!" more than once. But I did like the characters, I liked the overall story and I liked the world building.

I think if this book had been written today it would be returned to the author for a rewrite. For example detailed supporting characters that you never see again. But in spite of all its flaws, I'm glad I listened to it and there was more to enjoy than to dislike.

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  • Viktor
  • 27-01-13

I didn't like this book at all.

I really enjoyed the other two books in this series. Which in a way makes this book even worse.
Everything I liked about Fits is removed, and all that is left is a stumbling selfish idiot.
He has become a slave to his emotions (mainly fear) with no resolve. Several times after deciding something he would just turn right around with the excuse "I could not stop myself" or "I just had to do it". At one point I got so angry over one of these I had to stop the audiobook and go hit my kitchen table.

In fact if I think about it, I don't like the way any of the characters have developed, except for perhaps Nighteyes.

After every chapter there is a section where the narrator just gives reader information about the world. These are often repetitive and we get told a lot of things we already know.
At at least two points the narrator pauses from the story and provides spoilers of whats gonna happen.

I just started with part 5 and i honestly don't want to continue.
I think I'll just pretend book 2 ended with Fits living happily ever after as a wolf.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tobias
  • 17-08-18

Hated the ending

I enjoyed most of the book. At times it was really slow and I almost felt like stopping, but most of the time it was enjoyable. The first two books were better in my opinion.

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  • Alexander
  • 11-03-18

Weird storyline and over-romanticism

Started off as good as last books, but lost me efter a while. Storyline got hard to understand and was heavily romanticized at times. Also the author shouldn't misuse "decimated" or use "irregardless"

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  • Deb
  • 14-12-12

Wonderful trilogy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is a moving story of commitment and loyalty set in quasi medieval times.

What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

offputting pronunciation

Any additional comments?

I read the trilogy and feel that I was given even more by hearing it too.

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  • Wiehan
  • 23-01-17

Robin Hobb is a Master storyteller and novelist.

I read her Farseer Trilogy previously. Also her other works. I loved it so much that now, I listen to the audio version. It's a work of art, which I'll read yet again. I can honestly say that I'd recommend this to anyone. Feel free to read her other works as well!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Emma
  • 21-06-14

Could not stop listening

Any additional comments?

An excellent follow up to Assassin's Apprentice, this book is full of action and adventure. Several times I found myself sitting in my car for several minutes at the end of my commute, waiting for a good place to pause the story, but they are hard to find! Once again, Paul Boehmer reads excellently, and does the story a great justice in the telling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful