Royal Assassin Review

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Royal Assassin continues pretty much straight where Assassin’s Apprentice left off. Fitz is still in the mountains recuperating after his bout of poisoning at the hands of Prince Regal, ponding whether to remain for the Winter or start the trek back to Buckeep and the burden of being the bastard.

I like how this sequel we delve so much deeper into the backgrounds of a few of the characters and their reasonings behind where their loyalties lie. Which I feel was really the main focus of the book. There are various situations where Fitz finds his faith and trust for his king pushed right to its limits. He even at times I feel circumvents his oaths in a way that still isn’t treason but is better suited to his point of view. We do see some growth throughout the storyline but I feel there is still so much more that he is capable of and hasn’t shown his full potential yet.

I find Molly to be a little bit unlikable. I see the reasoning behind her character and how Robin Hobb utilised her as a way for Fitz to truly display either his love and commitment to her or to the Farseer line. I felt she went into the whole situation well aware of how she will be perceived and accepted the inevitable for what it was yet still she demanded Fitz to choose her knowing he wasn’t going to. I think it was the back and forth that bugged me the most. One day she will be accepting of Fitz’s situation and would just live for the moment and try to be happy and other days she would reject him completely and not be open to any kind of compromise. 

The pacing of the story was a little off for me. There were certain sections that were very action packed with high intensity and then the plot would become stagnant and a little dry. This is a very politically driven plot with a few fantastical elements thrown in, whereas I would prefer the reverse. I felt like it was just a little too long as well, not enough happened for me to justify the book being 648 pages. I think had this book been around the 400 page mark I would of been a lot more engaged.

I want to know more about the mysterious Elderlings, I want to see Fitz utilise more of his assassin abilities and have a few more covert missions. There just wasn’t enough oomph in this for me.

⭐️3/5 stars still a solid fantasy read, just not entertaining enough for me, I’m hoping for an explosive ending!

5 Fantasy Series I wanted to start Update

Back in January I posted about 5 Fantasy Series that I wanted to start in 2019 and I did an updated post in May, so I decided to do one last update and see where I am at with these 5 series that I wanted start this year!

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima – I completed this series back in May and absolutely loved it, now one of my all-time favourite fantasy series and I am dying to start The Shattered Realms series!

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The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes – I am now half way through this 6 books series. I am really, really enjoying the direction of the series so far, and it gives me serious Game of Throne vibes!

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The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard I have completed all four books that are currently out at the moment. This series took me by surprise; I didn’t think I was going to like it as much as I did!

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The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks – This series is really intimidating me for some reason. I have all four books that are out currently but I have been overlooking them for other books. I really need to priorities these books because I have heard such great things, I may actually try and start The Black Prism this month and see how I go!

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The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb – I have read The Assassin’s Apprentice only so far. It was during the Reading Rush and I found it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It was lacking a little bit of action and adventure and kind of dragged a little for me, which in turn has put me off from continuing on with this series. I am still going to give Royal Assassin a try, but I have not plans to in the immediate future!

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✨N.E.W.T.S Magical Readathon TBR✨

The N.E.W.T.S Magical Readathon is hosted by Book Roast on YouTube & I’ll link her video with all the information regarding the readathon HERE.

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The career I have chosen is to be a Hogwarts Professor and teach Charms, honestly because I would love to live at Hogwarts full time and I think Charms is such a fun, crucial subject in a young witch/wizards magical education! So to pass my NEWTS I need an O in Charms and E in Defense Against the Dark Arts and at least 2 A’s in secondary subjects of my choice which equals to 7 books in all that I need to complete for the NEWTS. If I have time throughout the month I am still going to try and complete as many of the other prompts that I can!

So the prompts and my TBR for the NEWTs are:

charms copyA: Read a book that has a gorgeous cover

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E: Read a comic / manga / graphic novel (or book under 150 pages)

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O: Spongify (softening charm) – read a paperback book

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DADA copyA: Book that’s black under the dust jacket

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E: Gilderoy’s Memory Charm – first book that I remembered just now from my TBR!

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transfiguration copyA: Read a book with LGBTQA+ Representation

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July Wrap Up

This month I was in the mood for a little steamy romance/smutty goodness, so I delved a little into that world and enjoyed what I encountered. I think because I was sick for the first few weeks of the month and I got into that weird little reading funk I didn’t want to have to focus too much on what I was reading and just picked something up that was easy and entertaining! Then in the last week of July the Reading Rush readathon was on and I managed to finish 7 books in that week. So overall July started off a little slumpy then as the month progressed I got my groove back and managed to have my best reading month so far this year… 21 books!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – ⭐️5/5 stars

Romancing a Duke by Tessa Dare⭐️4/5 stars

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare⭐️4/5 stars

How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare⭐️3/5 stars

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland⭐️4/5 stars

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata⭐️5/5 stars

A Nordic King by Karina Halle⭐️4/5 stars

Forbidden Miles by Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 Stars

Broken Miles by Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

Reckless Miles by Claire Kingsley – ⭐️4/5 stars

Hidden Miles by Claire Kingsley – ⭐️4/5 stars

Birthday by Meredith Russo – ⭐️5/5 stars

Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – ⭐️4/5 stars

War by Laura Thalassa – ⭐️4/5 stars

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – ⭐️5/5 stars

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – ⭐️3/5 stars

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – ⭐️3/5 stars

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – ⭐️5/5 stars

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb⭐️4/5 stars

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows & Brodi Ashton – ⭐️4/5 stars

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – ⭐️4/5 stars

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❄️ Books on my Winter TBR ❄️

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is Books on my Summer 2019 TBR list. Well over here in Australia it’s winter at the moment so this is really the time of year I get stuck into more epic fantasy and series with some mystery/sci-fi thrown in. All of these books have been on my TBR for ages now and I really want to knock them all out this winter!

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Finale by Stephanie Garber

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The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman &  Jay Kristoff

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The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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