Review: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin is the second book in the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb.

Plot:

Fitz came out of his first dangerous mission as an assassin, but is forever changed by the experience. Not just in health, but also in realisation of the danger that his uncle Regal truly presents. Yet he is stuck at Buckkeep with the man, and his promise to his king compels him to not retaliate. He is pulled back into the intrigues of the court, and trying to protect those he cares about. The kingdom is under attack from insidious forces from within. And the Red Raiders will soon come back to their shores.

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Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I bought the entire Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb, of which Assassin’s Apprentice is the first book, a while ago actually during one of my infrequent trips to a physical bookstore. But as I choose the books I read at random and often try to finish an entire series before switching to another series or standalone, I just never got around to it until recently.

Plot:

All that Fitz knows is that he is the son of Prince Chivalry Farseer, and that he is a bastard. He doesn’t remember his mother, and never even met his father before being whisked away to Buckkeep castle, where he is taken under the wing of Burrich, his father’s man. Burrich works in the stables, and cares for all Buckkeep’s animals. It is there that Fitz learns that he possesses the power called Wit, which means he can forms strong bonds with animals, and share their minds. But soon King Shrewd turns his eye upon Fitz, and raises him up to be something more. To be trained to fight, to Skill, to read and write. And most importantly; to be taught how to kill.

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Review: The Burning White by Brent Weeks

The Burning White is the long-awaited fifth and final novel in Brent WeeksThe Lightbringer series.

Plot:

War has come to the Chromeria’s doorstep. The White King and his army of wights and pagans set fire to peaceful lands, and people. They want to overthrow the entire system, and have gods by their sides to help them do it. The Order of the Broken Eye has set a one-eyed, starved and colourless Gavin on a quest to find their god, and kill it. He has accepted, for what choice does he have? Kip and the Mighty are trying to save as many as they can from the enemy, but find themselves outnumbered, and burning through their luxin quickly. Teia is working hard, spying for Karris, and killing for the Order. She hopes to bring them all down in one fell swoop, but she’s just one girl armed with paryl. All of them wish to stop the invasion and save the innocent people caught in the crossfire, but failure is only one bad decision away. Continue reading

Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I came across Trevor Noah’s stand-up routines on YouTube after seeing some Daily Show segments and decided that I liked his brand of humour. Then I found out he wrote a book about his childhood in South-Africa during Apartheid. So I knew I had to buy it.

Plot:

Born a Crime chronicles Trevor Noah’s childhood, teenage years and young adult year in South-Africa during Apartheid, where he was born to a black mother and white father.

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Review: The Vagrant by Peter Newman

I bought The Vagrant trilogy by Peter Newman basically on a whim, because I had never heard of him before I went to London Comic Con and heard him speak during a writers panel. While at this point in time I’ve only read the first book, The Vagrant, I am already certain I found a new author to love.

Plot:

The Vagrant travels a desolate world full of tainted and monsters, friendless but not alone. He has no other name, no other purpose than to reach his destination and protect that which he carries. He aims to reach the Shining City. He carries a sword, and a baby. He means to deliver the sword to those who still hold out in the Shining City, and to protect the baby with his life in this war-torn county. His journey will be long, and dangerous. Continue reading