Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: March 1997
Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool’s prophecy.
Having been resurected from his fatal tortures in Regal’s dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled the Prince’s attempts to be rid of him.
Now, restored to his own body, Fitz begins the painful, slow process of learning to be a man again. He must learn to cast off the wild ways of the wolf and return to the human world: a world beset ever more by the relentless Red Ships Raiders who are now free to plunder any coastal town they please. But more immediately, a world in which Fitz finds he is utterly alone.
Regal has stripped the kingdom of its riches and retired to the inland city of Tradeford. Of Verity, on his quest to find the legendary Elderlings, there has been no word; Molly, Kettricken and the Fool have all vanished.
Unless Fitz can find Verity and help him in his quest, the Six Duchies will perish and there will be no safe place to live.
Assassin’s Quest was a difficult novel to get through because it was unbearably slow and boring, for the most part.
Assassin’s Quest picks up after the events of Royal Assassin as Fitz tries to regain his humanity. These first few chapters were interesting as Hobb got into the nitty gritty of Fitz’s character and what it means to be human at the most basic level. Unfortunately, the novel took a turn for the worst as Fitz set out on a quest that was repetitive and downright boring.
While reading Assassin’s Quest I felt like every other character in the novel would have made a more interesting and engaging protagonist. It felt as if all the other characters were having a much better time and I was left languishing with Fitz and his repetitive journey. It wasn’t until 52% through the novel that something interesting happened, however it was only marginally more interesting than it was before.
By the end of the novel, I was incredibly frustrated with Fitz as a character. He’s a punching bag throughout the entire series and continued being one up until the final pages. He has little to no agency throughout the novel despite the power his position afforded him. There were also too many instances of other characters purposely withholding information from Fitz so he continually made stupid decisions.
Almost the entirety of Assassin’s Quest is lead up to the ending which ultimately sets up the future of this world. Unfortunately, the grand finale is wrapped up in a couple chapters. It was interesting and exciting, however it was tarnished by how quickly all the problems were resolved. This novel did not need to be 800 plus pages.
Despite this very negative review there were a couple of things I enjoyed, namely Nighteyes and The Fool. Nighteyes and his relationship with Fitz is easily the best aspect of the novel. I enjoyed whenever he was on page and interacting with Fitz. Their relationship is an interesting one, but it is also the more genuine one as well. I’ve always been intrigued by The Fool since he reminds so much of Hoid from Sanderson’s Cosmere.
Overall, the only reason I finished Assassin’s Quest was so that I could potentially keep reading the other novels in this world as I’ve been told they are much better than this trilogy. Assassin’s Quest is an unnecessarily long and boring journey that never pays off.
Have you read Assassin’s Quest? What did you think?