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“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin 

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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robin Hobb's Assassin's Quest.
Praise for Robin Hobb and Royal Assassin
“[Robin] Hobb continues to revitalize a genre that often seems all too generic, making it new in ways that range from the subtle to the shocking.”Locus
“[Royal Assassin] reaches astonishing new heights. . . . The Farseer saga is destined for greatness—a must-read for every devotee of epic fantasy.”Sense of Wonder

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
April 1
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Dreayaya ,


But very good

Opera&Bullwhips ,

Superior character development

This writer knows people well, their desires their motivations and what they will do to obtain their goals. These books of hers don't have horrible people who suddenly turn into good through a single enlightening event. She eschews that plot ploy for showing us people we would know today, that bad boss, that person who loves to be mean, that person who can't seem to make their own decisions, the one who has the leadership abilities but is prevented by the system to be a leader, the woman who regained strength after a rape, the woman who was broken forever after a rape, a person who is treated like a slave and so becomes property, and the person who is treated like property yet is never a slave, a girl who's cunning and selfishness repels her own family yet that cunning and selfishness in her maturity helps the world to survive and heal. Bravo! Robin, Bravo!

Doomdude70 ,


A very in-depth and interesting grim book. One of the best series I have ever read. The author clearly knows what she is writing about and it shows in this story.

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