Royal Assassin | Robin Hobb | Review

“The fight isn’t over until you win.”





Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.

Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands—and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.


This series just keeps getting better and better. The more I read the more I love everything about it. I can’t believe I let the first two books sit on my shelf for that long. Honestly, what an excellent series.

I’m not going to pretend that I wasn’t apprehensive going into this book. I loved the first one so much I just couldn’t see how I would love the next one just as much, but I did. If not I loved it that little bit more. The Royal Assassin really progressed the plot from he first book and just left me wanting more and more.

My favourite part of this book is the characters. We meet a few new characters, but those of old are back and the development of them is just excellent. I feel such a connection with so many of the characters including Fitz, Verity, King Shrewd. Oh and I bloody love Nighteyes, I can’t wait to see more of him. My favourite scenes are with him and Fitz. I can’t wait for their relationship to develop because I know it is going to be one I am routing for. The characters are just so unique and likeable … apart from the obvious few … Regal you clown. I’m also very undecided on Molly, am I the only one that doesn’t really like her that much and doesn’t really care for her? Hopefully I’m not alone in feeling like that.

This was a fairly slow burn novel again, like the first but I think this is completely necessary. The last 100 pages were go go go. I was reading this as part of a group read on instagram and really struggled to put this down at the agreed point. I was so gripped and loved how everything played out. Well obviously the pain and suffering wasn’t idea, but it definitely added to my enjoyment. Does that make me a bad person? I really loved Royal Assassin and I cannot wait to dive into the finale of this trilogy.

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