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Assassin's Quest

The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Series: Realms of the Elderlings, Book 3, Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 37 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (602 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy.

Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst.

Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.

Under the watchful eye of Burrich, old King Shrewd's Stablemaster, Fitz must learn to cast off the wild but carefree ways of the wolf and enter once more the human world: a world beset ever more viciously by the relentless Red Ship Raiders who are now left free to plunder any coastal town they please. But more immediately, a world in which he finds he is utterly alone.

Regal has stripped the kingdom of its riches and retired to the inland city of Tradeford. Of Verity, on his quest to find the legendary Elderings, there has been no word; Molly, Kettricken, and the Fool have all vanished. Unless Fitz can find Verity and help him in his quest, the Six Duchies will perish and there will be no safe place to live.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers … what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.” ( The Times)
“In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons” (George R. R. Martin)

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Great story.. awful narration.

What did you like most about Assassin's Quest?

I have read this trilogy in the past and it was lovely to simply be able to listen.

What did you like best about this story?

Hobb's ability to construct a believable fantasy world and draw us in. The notion of 'skilling' and 'the wit' are unique and clever.

What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

I'm sure he didn't pre-read.. the narration and the actual meaning sometimes conflicted. But by far the most annoying aspect was the accent. He got it so wrong that is was laughable. If you want someone to do a good English accent get an English narrator or Gillian Anderson. :)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but only because of the narrator.

Any additional comments?

I think that Boehmer may well have been acceptable to American audiences. I've noticed those who disliked his style in this book seem to be non-Americans. It would be good for Audible to cater for an international market and iron out these glitches.

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Ritz Fitz Blitz

great performance, good conclusion to the trilogy, if you've come this far you really ought to finish.

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Love this series...

When I started listening to Assassins Apprentice I struggled initially to adjust to the narrator's accent, but by Book 2 it was all good, he does a beautiful job of 'voicing' Nighteyes... This is a fantastic book and end of the trilogy.

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brilliant!

best series I have ever read with the exception of the soldier son series. the narrator was hard to get used to at first because of his plummy accent but his skill with voices lent a lot to the telling. loved it

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Exceptional book, adequate narration

Amazing book, the narration was fine but not how I had hoped it would be.

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Wonderful!

This last book is my favourite of the trilogy! I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading more of Hobbs works.

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Slow til the last 15 minutes

The slowest book in the series, right up to the last 15 minutes, where everything is resolved. The fantastic characters pulled me through it, but this ultimately felt like a 35 hour slog through snow, with about 2 hours of story progression.

It probably wasn't so bad as that, but the extreme halt of pacing in the second half soured the experience. this could have been an excellent conclusion at, say, 15 hours instead of 35.

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amazing as always from Robin hobb

Best book of the trilogy by far..they need to make this a tv series . Definitely recommend

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🙌🙌🙌

Fantastic series, the narrator was a wonderful storyteller. great build up to the end, 👍👍👍

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wonderful.

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and look forward to hearing others. wonderful.

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  • Katrine
  • 20-08-2017

Great long story, slightly weak ending

I loved every minute of it, right up until near the end. It then seemed like the author just wanted to be done with it, like some things just magically happen or things that the lead character has been struggling with always he just sort of suddenly succeeds with, the cavalry files in from overhead and saves the day etc. A little bit too easy it feels like, when comparing to the otherwise very long and detailed book about every minute of this guy's life.

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  • Rick
  • 04-05-2013

Good characters, poor reveal

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes, if he or she were a fan of fantasy

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I hate it when you know the plot twists before the protagonist. I was just thinking he must be an idiot if he can't see it.

What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Distinct, appropriate voices.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I cared about the character, but I was annoyed his development was slow in parts, and that he always reacted emotionally. Considering what he'd been through you'd think he would have got a handle on his emotions and never seemed to develop. He was also thick, you can see plot twists coming a mile away, but the hero never seems to which had me yelling at my car stereo "you idiot!" more than once. But I did like the characters, I liked the overall story and I liked the world building.

I think if this book had been written today it would be returned to the author for a rewrite. For example detailed supporting characters that you never see again. But in spite of all its flaws, I'm glad I listened to it and there was more to enjoy than to dislike.

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  • Viktor
  • 27-01-2013

I didn't like this book at all.

I really enjoyed the other two books in this series. Which in a way makes this book even worse.
Everything I liked about Fits is removed, and all that is left is a stumbling selfish idiot.
He has become a slave to his emotions (mainly fear) with no resolve. Several times after deciding something he would just turn right around with the excuse "I could not stop myself" or "I just had to do it". At one point I got so angry over one of these I had to stop the audiobook and go hit my kitchen table.

In fact if I think about it, I don't like the way any of the characters have developed, except for perhaps Nighteyes.

After every chapter there is a section where the narrator just gives reader information about the world. These are often repetitive and we get told a lot of things we already know.
At at least two points the narrator pauses from the story and provides spoilers of whats gonna happen.

I just started with part 5 and i honestly don't want to continue.
I think I'll just pretend book 2 ended with Fits living happily ever after as a wolf.

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  • Raul
  • 18-08-2019

Sorrowfully sweet ending for trilogy

Much sadness and mishap is packed into this book. Nevertheless enjoyable listen. Paul narrates so wonderfully well.

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  • Katarina
  • 26-07-2019

Unbelievable but true: even better than pt. 1 & 2

This third part brings us to a truly climactic close of the first Farseer trilogy. It has everything you want from this kind of story: thriller, adventure, fantasy, mystery, magic, character growth through excruciating trials. Fan-tas-tic.

Narration, as it was with the other two parts, is great. I have now started with the second Fitz trilogy, the Tawny Man trilogy (which starts with Fool's Errand), because I couldn't get enough of the story of Fitz and his Nighteyes. Fortunately, I discovered there's even a third trilogy, Fitz and the Fool. So 9 fat parts about these characters, yea!

Recommend!
But you do need to listen to (or read) parts 1 and 2 first, this is a continuing story.

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  • Sharon
  • 16-09-2018

I liked this

In spite of other reviewers I thought the narrator did a good job. The story was good and involving.

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  • Tobias
  • 17-08-2018

Hated the ending

I enjoyed most of the book. At times it was really slow and I almost felt like stopping, but most of the time it was enjoyable. The first two books were better in my opinion.

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  • Alexander
  • 11-03-2018

Weird storyline and over-romanticism

Started off as good as last books, but lost me efter a while. Storyline got hard to understand and was heavily romanticized at times. Also the author shouldn't misuse "decimated" or use "irregardless"

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  • Deb
  • 14-12-2012

Wonderful trilogy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is a moving story of commitment and loyalty set in quasi medieval times.

What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s voice?

offputting pronunciation

Any additional comments?

I read the trilogy and feel that I was given even more by hearing it too.

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  • Wiehan
  • 23-01-2017

Robin Hobb is a Master storyteller and novelist.

I read her Farseer Trilogy previously. Also her other works. I loved it so much that now, I listen to the audio version. It's a work of art, which I'll read yet again. I can honestly say that I'd recommend this to anyone. Feel free to read her other works as well!

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  • C. Schmid
  • 04-11-2015

unsuitable voice for this book - but

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This series of books is one of the few of the best books that I have ever read. I have read the series about 3 or 4 times and love them. There is nothing wrong with the book or the story, however the voice over is so wrong for the character, and you may be dissapointed with Nighteyes voice.

What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

I am so sorry to Paul Boehmer but his accent and pronunciation is so very wrong for the chacter or Fitz and Nighteyes, and for telling the story. I felt it needed to be a bit more ragged and gruff - more masculine! Paul is slightly camp and a bit too genteel sounding and if you've read the books.... He does a good Chade however.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I would most definately see the films if they were made.

Any additional comments?

This series of books, the Tawny Fools series and the Liveship Traders series are such engrossing and delicious reads you simply can't put them down. I love them dearly and re-read them regularly and would encourage anyone - even if you're not a fantasy reader to read them.
I have been spoiled with these books however, and cannot find anything as good that I want to read!

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  • Mrs
  • 24-08-2014

Good follow on

Would you consider the audio edition of Assassin's Quest to be better than the print version?

This is a good follow on from the other book and well read. The information referring to what happen previously helps the listener.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fitz as he seem to be one step behind very one else

Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favourite?

Fool had different sides to him

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh when funny things where said

Any additional comments?

Must read and catch up with others in the series.

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  • Neil Parker
  • 29-07-2016

Should have been much better

After having listened to the first 2 books I this series I was looking forward to the concluding book in the trilogy but it was a disappointment. The reason being that although the basis of the story was good and followed on from the first 2 books for some reason the author decided to drag it out with what appeared to be meaningless waffle. It was approx 10hrs longer than the first 2 which could have easily been cut and maintained the integrity of the story.

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  • Little Pixel
  • 21-07-2014

Fabulous book but ending felt rushed

Really loved this trilogy and to be honest, it was due for a 5 out of 5 until the end. I dropped a point though because the ending was essentially a summary. I was looking forward to what I thought would be the pinnacle of the book. But what was presented was a summary. It felt strange as it was not at all in keeping with the style of the book. To me, it felt like an afterthought, 'Oh, and if you're interested in what happened, A did B, and X did Y'. The 'epilogue' was more in keeping with the style though.

All in, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trilogy. Just be warned of a seemingly rushed ending.

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  • halfpintkay
  • 08-07-2013

Couldn't stop Listening!

This book had me hooked from start to finish. Once again Hobb brings the tale of the Farseer family alive, Following Fits Journey which is full of twists and turns. Great ending to the Trilogy. I really enjoyed this book but the reason why I gave Performance 4 stars instead of 5 was because the narrater repeated himself on a Occasions, it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book though and I wouldn't let it stop other Listeners downloading this book.

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  • Marc H
  • 13-01-2013

Great story - same vein as Patrick Rothfuss

After listening to Patrick Rothfuss's first two book of his trilogy I wanted something similar but complete! I've certainly founded it in Robin Hobb's Farseer series and I've now nearly finished all three. Reading order is:



- Assassins Apprentice

- Royal Assassin

- Assassins Quest



There are many similarities to Patrick Rothfuss or vice versa depending on your perspective. You follow a small boy who grows up learning a kind of magic he never really knew he had and learning to be a Kings Assassin. Great characters who you will learn to love and hate.



If you've read Patrick Rothfuss and are looking for something as good then you won't go far wrong with this Trilogy.



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  • Franco
  • 25-01-2020

Best 1 fom the 3logy. 2 many things left 4 the end

Best one fom the trilogy. But the author left too many important things for the end and it felt like rushed up

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  • JPA
  • 08-01-2020

like an old friend, it warmed my heart.

Listening to this was like spending time with an friend, or friends. Mysterious, colourful and exciting friends, no less.

Highly, highly recommended. Totally satisfied.

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  • samantha king
  • 06-01-2020

I REALLY want to like this but...

Having listened to the first 2 in the trilogy I was dying to get stuck into this one but I'm half way through and really struggling to enjoy it like the first two. I will finish it because I want to know how it finishes, but it feels a bit of a slog. I don't feel like I've learned anything new about the character or seen much real story progression so far. There has been a lot of getting caught, almost dying, escaping. and repeat. I really really do want to like this and I have everything crossed something of interest happens soon!
I'm not sure on the narrators voice either, I haven't fully liked it from the beginning of book 1, it's not so much the narrator, just the narrator with these books! I feel like I could listen to him for hours happily, but for me, he sounds too well spoken for what I would imagine the characters in this world to sound like, especially for Fitz who was cared for by a stable master for a lot of his childhood... And a wolf. I don't know... I want to like it so much, but I just can't like to as much as I want.
I gave it 4 stars because I felt bad giving it 3, but for me, I probably should have

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  • Henry Cort
  • 22-10-2019

Utterly brilliant story line!

Huge fan of Robin Hobb's work. I have the entire series in book format and it's been a pleasure to be able to listen to the stories from the start whilst driving and at work.

Utterly superb.