Good start to the series,
This review is from: Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
Like others, I too read this book based on the recommendations of it on this website. After reading it I must say that I will be reading more from this author.
The story is told from the first person viewpoint of Fitz, the (...) son of Prince Chivalry, next in line for the throne of the 6 Duchies. Basically this first book is a big setup for the rest of the series. We see Fitz trying to adjust to court life, his training as a noble, and his training as an assassin. We're introduced to many characters around the castle, as well as the harrowing attacks on the coast by Red Ship raiders.
I've read others comparing this book to Martin's, and even Tolkien (huh?). I would say that its difficult to compare to Martin mainly because this is written in first person while GRRM writes in third person. Both do focus more on the politics of their respective realms, and both have very little, if any, of what would be described as "magic." I would give Martin the edge only because I tend to like epic fantasy more.
Overall, I would recommend this to any fantasy reader. Its well written, and it tweaks the traditional fantasy conventions enough that you'll come back for more. I know I will read at least the rest of the series.