In Royal Assassin, FitzChivalry Farseer, better known has Fitz, has just barely survived his first mission as an assassin in the service of King Shrewd. So soured against the machinations of royal life, Fitz vows never to return, but greater perils to the Six Duchies convinces him otherwise.
Red-ship Raiders continue to prey on the outlying coastal regions, and their attacks are twice-fold in their destructive nature. Not only are their attacks brutal, but they turn their living victims into the Forged; empty shells of people yet living, but without emotion or soul. With King Shrewd succumbing to a wasting disease, King-in-Waiting Verity is consumed with protecting the Duchies' coast, sending Fitz to hunt down the Forged.
But the Red-Ship Raiders are not the only threat. Jealous Prince Regal would see himself as king. With Verity distracted by the raids, to the point of ignoring even his new wife and unborn child, Regal moves to make the throne his. This leaves Fitz in a terrible position, as he becomes the only one who can save the Six Duchies from threats both within and without.
Robin Hobb is one of the pen names of Margaret Ogden, the other being Megan Lindholm. Writing in the fantasy genre since 1983, her first works as Hobb were in 1995 with the Farseer Trilogy. In 2003 she sold over one million copies of her first nine Hobb novels, and sci-fi giant Orson Scott Card stated that Hobb has "arguably set the standard for the modern serious fantasy novel." She continues to write in "The Realm of the Elderlings," of which the Farseer Trilogy is the first. She has three grown children and one young daughter, living with her in Washington.
Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.
With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.
Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice. Download and start listening now!