FitzChivalry Farseer is the main character in the Farseer Trilogy of novels written by American author Robin Hobb. The first novel in the series that introduced the Farseer character was Assassin’s Apprentice published in 1995.
FitzChivalry Farseer is a highly skilled assassin trained in the Six Duchies Kingdom. His uncle is Prince Verity who is waging war on the Red-Ship Raiders from the Out Islands that have descended upon the Six Duchies, seeking to turn the people of the kingdom into emotionless zombies known as the Forged ones. In the meantime, Prince Regal of the Six Duchies is so consumed by jealousy and selfishness, which threatens to put the future of the kingdom in jeopardy.
Order of The Farseer Series
|4||Words Like Coins (Short Story)||2012|
|5||The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince (Short Story)||2013|
Assassin’s Apprentice the first novel in the series begins the story of FitzChivalry a royal bastard who is undergoing training to become an assassin. The story moves at a brisk pace following Fitz from the moment he begins training as a six-year-old in the royal palace. He soon finds out that he has the gifts of telepathic communication. Despised by the assassin trainer he finds himself sent into dangerous situations where he has to fight the Forged Ones, though he emerges victorious.
Having proven himself skilled in fighting through manipulation of thought, he soon finds himself at war with Prince Regal and his trainer who despises him and wants him dead. What follows is an excellent narrative of the intrigues and struggles for power in the Kingdom that showcases the remarkable skills of Robin Hobb that earned her several awards for her work over the years.
BEST FARSEER BOOKS
Obviously as the first book in the series, the Assassins Apprentice is the most popular book of the Farseer Trilogy. In a land where members of the ruling class are named according to the essence of their character makes one young boy an enigma. Fitz, the bastard of Chivalry Farseer, finds himself lonely and friendless in this world. His gift of communicating with animals made him made him find companionship and solace with the beasts. Since his gift is abhorred among the highborn, he must give it up when he is invited to train in the royal palace. He now has to learn to live a life of courtly manners, writing, and secret killing as he is trained to become an assassin.
Royal Assassin is the sequel to Assassin’s Apprentice, the first book of the Farseer Trilogy. After Fitz barely survives his first mission as an assassin after Prince Regal poisons him, he vows never to return to his homeland and his king. However, a vision of the woman he loves forces him to return. He returns to find himself at the center of royal intrigues and struggles. His duties at protecting his king take up so much of his time eventually result in his love Molly leaving him for another man. He pledges his support to the king believing that the greater threat to the kingdom was within rather than from without. With the king weakening, Regal continues to amass more power to himself and eventually declares himself king and kills Fritz.
Assassin’s Quest is the third book of the Farseer Trilogy of Novels. After the evil Regal kills Fitz and King Shrewd, it seems like evil has won. However, using his magic gift Fitz emerges from his grave carrying deep bodily and spiritual scars. It also seems as if the kingdom is falling apart as Regal has abandoned the capital after plundering it. The only hope for the Six Duchies is the return of Prince Verity son of King Shrewd, to take up his rightful position. However, Fitz deeply pained by bitter memories and loss decides to kill Regal immediately. He discovers that he has more magical powers than he ever knew he had; powers that will elevate him to what he never dreamt of, or send him down into the depths of oblivion.
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