Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy #2)

The Farseer Trilogy: Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin's Quest  - Robin Hobb

Take just the very first chapter of "Royal Assassin", nothing more. You will find it has more depth, truer emotions, deeper meanings, and was written with more talent then some authors manage to produce in an entire novel.

From beginning to end, I find nothing but enjoyment in Robin Hobb's work.