The Trilogy That Doesn't Get Enough Love: The Farseer Trilogy
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb is a classic of epic fantasy that tells the story of FitzChivalry Farseer, a royal bastard who becomes embroiled in the political machinations of the Six Duchies. The trilogy comprises three books: "Assassin's Apprentice," "Royal Assassin," and "Assassin's Quest."
In "Assassin's Apprentice," we are introduced to Fitz, the illegitimate son of Prince Chivalry. Fitz is brought to the royal court and becomes the apprentice of Burrich, the stable master. As Fitz grows up, he discovers that he has a unique gift: the ability to communicate with animals. However, he also learns that he is the tool of a larger political game, and he must navigate the treacherous court politics of the Six Duchies.
"Royal Assassin" picks up where "Assassin's Apprentice" left off, with Fitz now serving as the assassin of King-in-Waiting Verity. Fitz's loyalty to Verity and the royal family is tested as he becomes embroiled in a plot to undermine the Six Duchies' defenses against the Red-Ship Raiders, a pirate fleet that is attacking the kingdom.
"Assassin's Quest" brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion as Fitz embarks on a quest to rescue his kidnapped love interest and uncover the secrets of the mysterious Elderlings. Along the way, he must confront his own past and the legacy of his family.
Overall, the Farseer Trilogy is an outstanding example of epic fantasy. Hobb's world-building is intricate and immersive, and the characters are well-developed and compelling. Fitz, in particular, is a fascinating protagonist, and his struggles with identity, loyalty, and duty are the heart of the trilogy. The trilogy is not without its flaws - the pacing can be slow at times, and the plot can feel meandering - but these are minor quibbles in the face of the trilogy's strengths. Fans of epic fantasy should not miss the Farseer Trilogy, and it is a great starting point for those who are new to the genre.
Ryan McRae is the author of the website and a lover of fantasy novels.