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Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb - Bogormen
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Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb
Title: Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy #2)
Author: Robin Hobb
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 675
Date read: August, 2009

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and returns to the court where he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

With the King near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened. Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands--and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.

This is an odd book. It's not a page-turner as such, yet I'm completely drawn into it and find myself thinking about the story even when not reading it. This second book in the trilogy is even bleaker than the first one - even more so because I'd accidentally spoiled myself by reading the blurb for the third book! (Note to self, don't read the blurb for later books in a series, you never know what they may see fit to reveal).

Very much a transitional book as the first half tied up loose threads from the first book, and the second half paved the way for the last book. Still very enjoyable though, and I'm looking forward to seeing how things turn out.

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