Get Your Free Audiobook

Royal Assassin

The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 29 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (495 ratings)
Non-member price: $42.14
After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

The second volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally best-selling Farseer series.

We are here Fitz, you and I, to change the future and the world…

Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well.

King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes and the King’s Fool with his cryptic prophesies.

©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)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    379
  • 4 Stars
    89
  • 3 Stars
    23
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    332
  • 4 Stars
    98
  • 3 Stars
    28
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    355
  • 4 Stars
    90
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ben
  • 13-03-2018

great story, average performance

fitz sporadically sounds american which is distracting and cook is irish when it pleases the performer. these inconsistencies take you out of this perfect world Robin Hobb has built. i wouldnt let these criticisms stop you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing

This is a frustrating book. Fitz is so incredibly dumb that almost the whole book you'll be shaking your head wondering wtf the author was thinking. His friends aren't much brighter.

A big step down from book 1.

Performance was good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Narrator holds it back

Great book, terrible narration. Still worth listening to, but seriously he changes accents for the characters mid sentence.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

gripping and hard to turn off.

I found myself listening at every free moment I had. loitering in the carpark before work so I could find out what was about to happen. great book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

caught up in the story

By the end of book 2 I am hooked. Happy to listen to this all day long.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

review.

loved listening to this book, I look forward to the next in the series very much.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantasy at its best.

After reading this story so many years ago I wondered if I would love it as much as I did back then. And I do. A timeless story. Gripping from start to finish.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great trilogy

I’m really enjoying this series of books. I can’t wait to listen to the next one. Well written. Great story and characters.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

You can't be serious!?

Fitz and Co. are so blindingly stupid, inept, and narcissistic that by halfway through the book I stopped hating Regal. In fact, I am now firmly on Regals side as he is the only one honest to himself and willing to take any form of action without having to spend months thinking about how his feelings feel about his feelings and making sure his feelings feel looked after and are fed a constant diet of self loathing mixed with the most enormous pity party every recorded. I am sure in the knowledge that the only thing that will be good for the six Duchies is to forge the entirety of the population, burn the Farseer line to ash and remove all memory of them from the histories of the land.

The performance of the book was excellent however.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful!

I really enjoy this book and I can go on and on and on about what I loved about this book and I don't have anything really bad to say about it. I enjoyed how it was written, I enjoyed the narrator, I enjoyed the storyline.
It wasn't a perfect book and there were parts where I was annoyed at the main character for not realising what was going on or making a stupid mistake but I loved how he seemed to learn from them.
I have also decided that I want a pet wolf like Nighteyes ❤️🐺

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Katarina
  • 19-01-2019

Even more awesome than part 1

I really enjoyed part 1 of this trilogy, Assassin's Apprentice, and hoped that this even longer sequel would be as good. Well, as it turned out I found it even better! Hobb's style of writing, especially when combined with Boehmer's narration, evokes something like a combination of a Grimm fairytale atmosphere, with hints of mythology and ancient lore. I could even detect some Star Wars, with a grand romance, great evil, lots of action and something resembling Jedi force use!

This is fantasy as it should be done. Can't get enough of it.

I cannot wait to start listening to part 3, and then on to the other six (!) Realms of the Elderings books (two more trilogies, yea!)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Florence S. Tavor
  • 24-11-2018

The Best of the Best

There is no one like Robin Hobb, I loved all of her books and now listening to the narration has been an amazing re-journeying back into the Farseers lives.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sharon
  • 16-09-2018

Great listen

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ratna
  • 08-03-2015

Getting used to the narrator!

Not cringing so much and despite upper class accent he is doing a fine job. The story is brilliant and worth the agony of narration.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Torbjørn S Seiffert
  • 10-08-2014

Absolutely stunning performance by Paul Boehmer

The Farseer trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite works of fiction. The author carefully builds a gallery of complex and believable characters that both fulfill and transcend their given archetypes. The setting is deep and engaging and the story that takes place there is an absolutely masterful tour of themes like loyalty, friendship, love, duty, hatred and sacrifice. Robin Hobb constructs a living, breathing world around the characters with the immersive writer's voice that she maintains throughout the work. This is in turn rendered magnificently by Paul Boehner, who reads it as if it were an autobiographical work from another life. I will recommend it to my friends, and I recommend it to you.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emma
  • 21-06-2014

Could not stop listening

Any additional comments?

An excellent follow up to Assassin's Apprentice, this book is full of action and adventure. Several times I found myself sitting in my car for several minutes at the end of my commute, waiting for a good place to pause the story, but they are hard to find! Once again, Paul Boehmer reads excellently, and does the story a great justice in the telling.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Bundoodragon
  • 21-07-2016

Disappointing

I loved reading the first book in the trilogy, and still think Robin Hobb a good author. While the story here is inventive and I was looking forward to listening to this one, it was spoiled by the narration. Is this meant to be an English accent? Incompetent voice coach if it is. I would have given no stars if possible. I shall get the third book from the library and read it, far more satisfying to give the characters voices n my own head.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew Cochrane
  • 28-08-2018

narrated is inconsistent but story good

the narrate is just as frustrating as ever with his terrible fake accent, although it's less jarring 2 books in. I don't see why he changed his voice for Burridge compared to the first, nor why he changed it for Fitz from boy to man mid way through a chapter

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Samantha
  • 08-03-2017

Great story but readers voice changes

accents forgotten and wrong voices used for the wrong characters it can be a little confusing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew
  • 12-01-2017

Great sequel, performance distracting at times.

Narrator had a frustrating habit of pronouncing 'o' as 'aw'. Some dodgy accents, but not too bad overall. Did female voices well for a male. Took some getting used to, but by the end didn't mind too much.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Tai Jorgensen
  • 06-01-2017

Dont know what it is...

I love parts of the book, when I get involved with strong feelings towards the charcters and events of the story. I just dont think that happens quite enough.
Not quite enough is what I think about much of this and the other Farseer books. I dont quite see it, dont quite feel it, dont quite love it.

And yet I want to read on.
I dont know what it is...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carmella
  • 19-01-2019

overall i liked this better than the first

Narrator has had a bad rap in some reviews but i kinda liked it and got used to the changes of voice, he reminds me of an posh english pilot types and can see you wll either like ot or hate it,
The story I thought was better than book 1 and can not wait to read the last one, hoping its not an anti climax.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • helen
  • 17-12-2018

Got used to the narrator

firstly I absolutely adore all of this series, every single book and I have them in printed form as well. Well the narration is better in this book than the first, more inflection in the voice.

By now I have come to accept the narrator as Fitz, the Fool and the other Characters. Please don't be put off if you find the narration too stuffy, stay with it. If you cannot bear it then please read the books , all 3 series of them, you really won't be disappointed.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Newbold
  • 07-12-2018

very submersive

very subversive. You have to keep on listening. Robin Hobb has to be one of my favourite authors

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr
  • 05-12-2018

I'm starting the sequel right away!

the end of this book was a bit abrupt but I live the character and the story.

I wonder who the main protagonist will be in this edition...

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • C. I. Rees
  • 05-12-2018

Even better on the 2nd time through

listening to this for a 2nd time it feels like the first was in black and white and now it's in glorious Technicolor! I've never known a book to be so much better on the re read when it was pretty damn good on the first time. fantastic narration, just a shame Paul does not do the whole series as there is some seriously dodgy narration on the later books