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Royal Assassin

The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 29 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (998 ratings)
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Summary

The second volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally best-selling Farseer series.

We are here Fitz, you and I, to change the future and the world…

Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well.

King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes and the King’s Fool with his cryptic prophesies.

©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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Disappointing

I loved reading the first book in the trilogy, and still think Robin Hobb a good author. While the story here is inventive and I was looking forward to listening to this one, it was spoiled by the narration. Is this meant to be an English accent? Incompetent voice coach if it is. I would have given no stars if possible. I shall get the third book from the library and read it, far more satisfying to give the characters voices n my own head.

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narrated is inconsistent but story good

the narrate is just as frustrating as ever with his terrible fake accent, although it's less jarring 2 books in. I don't see why he changed his voice for Burridge compared to the first, nor why he changed it for Fitz from boy to man mid way through a chapter

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Great story but readers voice changes

accents forgotten and wrong voices used for the wrong characters it can be a little confusing

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Great sequel, performance distracting at times.

Narrator had a frustrating habit of pronouncing 'o' as 'aw'. Some dodgy accents, but not too bad overall. Did female voices well for a male. Took some getting used to, but by the end didn't mind too much.

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Dont know what it is...

I love parts of the book, when I get involved with strong feelings towards the charcters and events of the story. I just dont think that happens quite enough.
Not quite enough is what I think about much of this and the other Farseer books. I dont quite see it, dont quite feel it, dont quite love it.

And yet I want to read on.
I dont know what it is...

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Got used to the narrator

firstly I absolutely adore all of this series, every single book and I have them in printed form as well. Well the narration is better in this book than the first, more inflection in the voice.

By now I have come to accept the narrator as Fitz, the Fool and the other Characters. Please don't be put off if you find the narration too stuffy, stay with it. If you cannot bear it then please read the books , all 3 series of them, you really won't be disappointed.

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very submersive

very subversive. You have to keep on listening. Robin Hobb has to be one of my favourite authors

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  • 05-12-18

I'm starting the sequel right away!

the end of this book was a bit abrupt but I live the character and the story.

I wonder who the main protagonist will be in this edition...

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Even better on the 2nd time through

listening to this for a 2nd time it feels like the first was in black and white and now it's in glorious Technicolor! I've never known a book to be so much better on the re read when it was pretty damn good on the first time. fantastic narration, just a shame Paul does not do the whole series as there is some seriously dodgy narration on the later books

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brilliant

I recommend this trilogy highly, enjoyed this second installment immensely... love Nighteyes very much, fantastic

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  • Florence S. Tavor
  • 24-11-18

The Best of the Best

There is no one like Robin Hobb, I loved all of her books and now listening to the narration has been an amazing re-journeying back into the Farseers lives.

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  • Sharon
  • 16-09-18

Great listen

In spite of other reviewers I thought the narrator did a good job. The story was good and involving.

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  • ratna
  • 08-03-15

Getting used to the narrator!

Not cringing so much and despite upper class accent he is doing a fine job. The story is brilliant and worth the agony of narration.

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  • Torbjørn S Seiffert
  • 10-08-14

Absolutely stunning performance by Paul Boehmer

The Farseer trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite works of fiction. The author carefully builds a gallery of complex and believable characters that both fulfill and transcend their given archetypes. The setting is deep and engaging and the story that takes place there is an absolutely masterful tour of themes like loyalty, friendship, love, duty, hatred and sacrifice. Robin Hobb constructs a living, breathing world around the characters with the immersive writer's voice that she maintains throughout the work. This is in turn rendered magnificently by Paul Boehner, who reads it as if it were an autobiographical work from another life. I will recommend it to my friends, and I recommend it to you.

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  • Emma
  • 21-06-14

Could not stop listening

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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.