5/5 21/25 Possible Score
Plot – 4(Strong)
Characters – 5(Very Strong)
World Building – 5(Very Strong)
Writing – 3(Fine)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 4(Strong)
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb takes the court intrigue model of the first two books, that focuses mostly on the Castle of Buckkeep and the royal court there, and throws it out the window in favor of a more traditional fantasy questing. This entry into the Farseer Trilogy is all about Fitz learning who he is as a man without anyone telling him what to do. Like a lot of new adults, he makes some pretty dumb decisions at times. He is led by his emotions often and he sometimes flounders about the countryside trying to shirk his responsibilities. One of the main criticisms of this book is that it is too long, with way too much time spent with Fitz walking around the woods, and that he makes stupid decisions. I personally am absolutely fine with this because book 1 is about him dealing with his life as a child and losing his innocence. Book 2 is about Fitz learning responsibility, and dealing with teenage issues and reactions. Book 3 is all about him figuring out who he is as a man and I expect that to be messy at times.
Before this series, I read a lot of traditional fantasy where a party of tropes would be traveling the land on a quest to stop a big evil. Even though I loved the first two books in this series, I just remember how excited I was to finally explore the Six Duchies, and the areas beyond the Mountain Kingdom. Rereading this book now, I realize that the world building that was in this third book is so important to the rest of Robin Hobb’s books, and it was on a whole new level from the previous two Farseer books. The world building in this third book has such interesting mysteries and backstories for the Six Duchies, the dragons, and our characters.
The characters in Assassin’s Quest are my favorite in the three books. We learn so much more about Fitz as he learns about himself. We get more background on The Fool which is always a treat, but Hobb also adds Kettle and Starling as characters in this book. Kettle is one of my favorite character in the whole series and I just love her story and the mystery that surrounds her. All the other characters, Kettricken, Burrich, Molly, Verity, and Rolf have just such great stories that I absolutely love. Not to mention that Nighteyes completely steals the show in this book.
I definitely recommend Assassin’s Quest to people reading the Farseer Trilogy. I absolutely love the traveling and inner struggles of Fitz. Like I’ve said in other reviews, I really relate to Fitz, and I could see myself making the same decisions that he does, because I’m an emotional person too. If a reader can look past the longer scenes of traveling, Fitz making brash decisions, and Fitz somehow escaping capture multiple times, than you’ll enjoy this book. However, if these three things annoy you too much, then it might not be your favorite Farseer book.