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Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1996
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Praise for Robin Hobb and Assassin’s Apprentice
“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin
“A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies . . . a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne.”—Publishers Weekly
“This is the kind of book you fall into, and start reading slower as you get to the end, because you don’t want it to be over.”—Steven Brust
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Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him sectetly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz's blood runs the magic Skill--and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.
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Who am I kidding, of course I would have.
An exemplary book, filled with memorable, three dimensional characters with an incredible story set in a well imagined world, similar to our own in many ways and yet so different. The main character is very much stuck in his own head, but that's not a bad thing for the reader. It's a pleasure reading his thoughts and feelings about being trapped in a place he'll never truly belong, wielding two powers he doesn't understand. One power others understand and refuse to teach to the public, one power no one understands and people are burned to death for using it.
Really, really incredible book and not at all what you might expect from the title or the cover. You owe it to yourself to read this book.
Assassin’s Apprentice drew me in from the beginning. I was delighted by Robin Hobb’s style of writing. Every sentence just kept me wanting to read more. The world-building was well thought out, especially the inclusion of two special abilities – the Skill and the Wit – of which Fitz may be capable. Hobb makes us care about Fitz and root for him as we watch him come of age. There is much intrigue and treachery in the book which keeps the plot moving along and the reader interested. It was very difficult for me to put this book down, as I kept wanting to find out what was going to happen next. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.