“Not being able to think of a reply is not the same thing as accepting another’s words.”
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz—or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest—perhaps to death. Only Verity’s return—or the heir his princess carries—can save the Six Duchies.
But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him—currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was.
The excitement I felt going into this book was unreal. I have absolutely loved the other two books in this series and I have definitely found a new favourite author. Assassins Quest is the final book in the trilogy and I was honestly so so excited to find out how Robin Hobb rounded off this epic series. I would be lying if I say I wasn’t slightly nervous that it would not live up to my expectations but it definitely did.
The characters in this book are my absolute favourite. I don’t think I have a read a book before where I have loved so many of the characters within it. Fitz development as a character is just amazing, how his story has progressed and his character has evolved is so in depth and fantastic. NIGHTEYES. I’m not sure I need to say anything about Nighteyes. He has to be one of my favourite characters of all time. I did also really enjoy getting to know the Fool a little bit more, well a lot more in this book. The Fool has been somewhat a mystery in the rest of the books so opening up slightly and being allowed to get to know the character a little bit more has really added to my enjoyment of this book. I’m not going to go into much further, but I would like to add that I really enjoyed the new characters that are introduced in this book. I don’t think Robin can create a bad character, yes she developed “baddies” but all of her characters are so complex and flawless .. I have honestly never discovered an author which such talented before.
The complexity of being away from Buckkeep and into the Six Dutchies definitely does have its complexities and at times I had to read paragraphs a couple of times to understand what was happening and in what location the characters were in. This is not a quick read, nor is it an easy read. However, if you have the time to really invest in it you too will realise how amazing this series and this world really is. Assassins Quest has a different tone to the other books in the series which will take a bit of getting used to however, again if you persevere with it you will understand how brilliant it is.
I did knock a star off for this book, the others have been solid 5 star reads for me and this one was also very close. However I’m not sure it needed to be the length that it is. I understand there is a lot to get through and the last thing I want is for it to be rushed to the point where it is lacking in the awesomeness that is Robin Hobbs world-building, character-building and general writing style. However some of the chapters were a real slog, and there was a fair bit of repetition that didn’t really need to be there. This might not be a problem for you weird people who are able to stop reading in the middle of a chapter however for those like myself who are unable to do this sometimes it could make for quite a difficult read.
On the whole I absolutely loved this series. I was satisfied with the ending and I cant wait to move onto the next series. I will be recommending this series to anyone that will listen to me and the best advice I can give is to make sure that you have the time and patience to read it at the time of picking this book up. It will definitely pay off and I am sure you will find that it is a new favourite series.