5/5 21/25 Possible Score
Plot – 5(Very Strong)
Characters – 4(Strong)
World Building – 4(Strong)
Writing – 4(Strong)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 4(Strong)
You should read Royal Assassin when you are in the mood for a court intrigue or royal family intrigue novel. This is very much a story about a young man trying to figure out how to deal with the circumstances in his life and acting without thinking. This is not a fast read, there is a lot of overlap in this series, and your enjoyment of this book will largely depend on your connection with the main character, Fitz.
I personally love this novel and this was a reread for me. My connection to Fitz is one of the strongest to any fantasy character. I find a lot of similarities in the way he thinks with the way that I think. A lot of his actions, though not maybe the smartest, are actions I probably would have taken. I just love this struggle between his family and his uncle, as his uncle tries to steal the throne. This is the strongest plot book of the Farseer Trilogy. Though it isn’t majorly complex, the royal family intrigue sucks you in. There is also a broader political intrigue that encompasses the entire region, and I just enjoy the subtlety that this is added to the narrative.
I would recommend Royal Assassin to anyone that enjoys royal family intrigue and a focus on non-action(more subtlety) oriented assassins.