Rating: 4 / 5
ASSASSIN’S QUEST by Robin Hobb is the final book of THE FARSEER TRILOGY and the third book for the #elderlingalong readalong. I was a bit underwhelmed by much of the first book ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE in March, but I wound up really enjoying the second book ROYAL ASSASSIN so was looking forward to reading this third installment.
ASSASSIN’S QUEST picks up just a little bit after the rather tumultuous ending of ROYAL ASSASSIN, so I won’t say a lot specifically about the plot. The trilogy as a whole centers on Fitz, the royal bastard son of Chivalry Farseer. Because he has royal blood, he has a natural affinity toward some magical abilities. He also has a type of magic which is disparaged, the ability to link up with animals (dogs and wolves in particular) to communicate with them, see through their eyes and feel what they feel.
In this installment of the trilogy, Fitz has faced a lot of personal struggles and losses and he’s in a pretty rough spot. There were some things only hinted at in the prior book which come to fruition here and they tug at the heart in a big way. Fitz is still a young man in this book and he’s had to face a lot. He is absolutely a character I could root for.
Though this is the last of this trilogy, I do know that Fitz makes a return in future books in the series, though not the next book I don’t believe. I do look forward to continuing on with the readalong and the next trilogy in the Realm of the Elderling universe!