With the most ambitious and far-reaching novel in the trilogy, Robin
Hobb concludes "The Farseer" saga in Assassin's Quest.
Fitzchivalry Farseer, bastard of the royal line of the Six Duchies, is
alive but not necessarily well after being imprisoned and tortured by
his uncle, the self-declared King Regal. Taken for dead and buried by
his stepmother, Fitzchivalry is revivified by his mentors Burrich and
Chade using the misunderstood and maligned Wit-bond he shares with the
wolf Nighteyes. All of his friends and family must believe he is dead
for his and their own safety, including his beloved Molly, who now
carries Fitzchivalry's child.
Regal rules the Six Duchies with an iron fist, but only for his own
gratification. The coastal duchies have been abandoned to the ongoing
raids of the Red Ships and to the ravaging of bands of soulless Forged
ones. Fitzchivalry vows to avenge his own "death" and that of Regal's
father, Shrewd. He begins the dangerous journey to Regal's new court,
determined to assassinate Regal and his telepathically Skilled coterie.
Fitzchivalry finds that his life is yet not his own to do with as he
pleases when a Skill command from the rightful king Verity directs him
to "come". Verity is still alive in the Mountain Kingdom, continuing
his quest to seek aid from the legendary Elderlings to fight the Red
Ship menace. Inadvertantly reunited with his old friends the Fool and
Kettricken, Verity's wife, and joined by two surprisingly resourceful
women, Fitz treks to the Mountain Kingdom to find his king. Guarding
himself against the probes of Regal and his coterie into his mind, and
battling the siren call of pure Skill, Fitz struggles along the sinister
road that leads him to Verity. What he finds at the end of his quest
will either be the salvation or ruin of the Six Duchies. It will also
determine the fate of the one thing that comes to mean more than his
own life to him: the daughter he has never known.
Assassin's Quest is the crowning glory of "The Farseer" trilogy.
Broad of scope and delving deeply into the realm of self and sacrifice,
this concluding novel injects brilliant new life into what has become
a stale staple of the genre -- dragon as deus ex machina. Robin
Hobb has constructed a trilogy that fully commands the reader's attention
from beginning to end, and looks to be one of the major talents in the
new generation of fantasy writers.