These reviews were originally posted on Goodreads in December 2011
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.
Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.
So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
This is the sequel to the highly successful Assassin’s Apprentice, which sees family betrayal, treachery and assassination in the six Duchies.
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz—or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest—perhaps to death. Only Verity’s return—or the heir his princess carries—can save the Six Duchies.
But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him—currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was.
I loved this book almost from page one. It had me hooked from start to finish.
I love Fitz and the way he grows up. I love the secrecy, his training, his mentor and the entire concept and execution of this story. One of my new favourites.
Another brilliant story about Fitz. I love him. He grabs my emotions and drags them around with him until I’m not exactly sure how I feel.
This helping just made me even more emotionally confused, empty and drained. I cried, I laughed, I was shocked and I was excited and disappointed. There’s nothing better than a book that grabs you and won’t let go until you’ve closed the back cover.
The…sad to say…last book in the Fitz story. I know there are others by Robin Hobb later on that contain him, in some way, but I couldn’t get into the next series in order to get that far. I’d rather remember Fitz this way.
The mess of his relationships, the relationship between him and his family, his wolf and those he meets…they twist your guts and rip them out. Then they hand them back to you on a platter with a ‘sorry’ that doesn’t quite cut it. I hate that it’s the last, I love that I got an ending to the story and I will be reading this series again one day.
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