Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.
Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands—and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice (goodreads.com).
Once I got a bit into the story I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, unlike many other books this book has a simple plot with not much to it. Basically, the Red Ship Raiders are at it again and no matter what Verity does they can’t be stopped. He gets some clues as to where the Elderlings might be found and with a few men he seeks them out. In his absence, things do not go well for Buckkeep with Regal trying to take the crown and leaving Buckkeep with nothing as he seeks to go inland for safety.
At first, the story moved slowly, but because I knew the characters already I was still intrigued and continued reading. Eventually, it was interesting enough to enjoy the story, but don’t expect any very exciting, fast paced parts like in other books because there are not any. Didn’t matter to me because what kept me going was my love for Fitz and my complete hatred of Regal and hoping that someone would kill him already. This is pretty much a story about developing characters, suspense, and making me anxious of what was going to happen by the end of the book. It is completely unpredictable!
The ending was fantastic by the way and nothing gets resolved so keep on reading! I can’t wait to find out what happens.
Despite a few, the characters are awesome. I love Fitz even though he was annoying at times with his complete and utter interest in Molly. At least it wasn’t too detailed, but that was pretty much all he ever thought about. I also enjoyed the developing relationship between him and Nighteyes! As well as his interesting use of both the Skill and Wit.
Verity is my second favorite character though for half of the book he isn’t really present, except in a few cases of Skilling, because he is off finding the Elderlings. I love how his relationship with Fitz is developing to the point where they are more like brothers. It is a great bond that they share. The declining relationship between Verity and Regal is awesome. Verity is finally realizing what his brother is capable of.
One of the best female characters is Ketrricken! Thought not too strong at first, she becomes stronger as the book progresses and even fights in a battle along side the men. She would be a great Queen and even many of here people believe that too! Her relationship with Verity lags a bit but soon they become a little closer. I was so upset because by the time they were getting to know each other more Verity decided to leave.
The character that is absolutely horrible and Robin Hobb does a great job to make me hate is Regal. He is a selfish little prince who doesn’t care what it takes to get the crown. As you read the book you have insights to everything that he is doing and it is just awful! I hate him!
Molly (Fitz’s love interest) isn’t a great character. I didn’t find her to be very interesting and she was always in a mood. She was always so angry at Fitz that it just became irritating, and I am not sure what Fitz sees in her.
Also, even though I much enjoyed him in the previous novel, in this one the Fool is just a bit annoying because of his clingyness to his King. This also became a little annoying. Should be better in the next book, hopefully.
I really enjoyed most of the characters and I think they are very well developed. Robin Hobb does an amazing job!
The writing of the book is perfect! I have no complaints and the world building is terrific!
The book is a masterpiece, but may not be fore people who like a lot of action in there books. It moves slowly but still kept me on the edge of my seat and the characters are awesome! If you enjoyed the first novel I highly recommend reading this one and I know I will be reading the next one shortly.
My rating: 4.5/5
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