Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)

Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2) - Robin Hobb

Going to try write a shorter review this time. Reviewing the middle of a trilogy is really hard!


Suffice to say, once again Robin Hobb hit all the right notes for me. All the characters continue to show real development, although not always in good ways, and without the worldbuilding necessary in the first book, this one is deep into the plot action. 


Admittedly that action is primarily politics, particularly the skulking around castles kind, and it's dialogue heavy, but there's enough good old fashioned battle scenes to break it up. 


There's also a spectacular cliff-hanger ending, which I generally hate, but considering this is book 2 of a completed trilogy, it's quite ok with me.


Small spoilers below, nothing important, just random thoughts. 


I have to say, considering this isn't a mystery story, it's got some stings in the tail. The reveal of who the spy in the midst of the plotters came so unexpectedly, and yet it had been set up so perfectly. And for some reason, despite characters dying and being betrayed, the one that hit me most was Burrich losing his beloved horses and dogs. At least the wolf in this series is only one of my favourite characters, not THE favourite character, like the Noble Dead books.

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