Good things: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Royal AssassinHere’s a spoiler free part review, part enthuse about Royal Assassin.

You probably don’t need me to tell you how great this book is but I'm going to have a go anyway just in case. Royal Assassin is the sequel to Assassin’s Apprentice which I also rather liked.

There’s always a fear when reading the next part of a series you love, that the writer has already peaked and that it won’t be quite as good. No worries here though, Royal Assassin is an incredible work, in fact I enjoyed it even more than the previous book.

So why is it so good? It’s not like there are things here that have never been done before. It’s just that they’re rarely done so well. I loved the characters (except for the ones I hated but that was with such a passion it was its own kind of enjoyment). I worried for them (a lot). I delighted in their successes and felt sad for their losses.

The villains in the book are also a standout, terrifying and mysterious in one case and wonderfully despicable in the other.

I admired the rhythm of the book too, the sprinkling of humour and happier moments, both giving relief from the constant threat but also heightening it.

And that’s it really. Brilliant characters, incredible storytelling and a good degree of twists and turns.

Like its predecessor, I didn’t find it an easy read. The book is tense and a lot of bad things happen to good people everybody. I also found that even when I wasn’t reading it, a part of the book refused to let me go until I’d finished it.

If you haven’t read it please do so that the next time I see you we can jump up and down together about how great it is.

Thanks!

6 responses to “Good things: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

  1. Yeeeessss. So good. That ending left me so stunned. I really, really need to get on with finishing Book 3…
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  2. I love the Farseer trilogy. But if Royal is bad to its characters, then Quest is absolutely horrible.
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  3. Seems strange to be reviewing a book that has been out for years, but I have to admit, this is an excellent review of an excellent book in an excellent series.

    I also have to agree with Misa Buckley. If you think this one is harsh, wait until Assassin's Quest.

    Even that though, is easy going compared to Fool's Fate in the Tawny Man trilogy.

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