Assassin's Apprentice

Assassin's Apprentice

Paperback - 1996
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Fitz, Prince Chivalry's illegitimate son raised by Burrich the stableman, is ignored by all the royalty except for King Shrewd, who has him tutored as an assassin because he has the magic Skill.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1996
Edition: Bantam mass market ed
ISBN: 9780553573398
Branch Call Number: HOBB R
Characteristics: 435 p. : map ; 18 cm


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#9 The Farseer Trilogy. Above is the first in the trilogy.

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DBRL_KatSU Apr 13, 2018

After reading (and falling for) "The Name of the Wind" by Rothfuss, I was wanting a similar coming-of-age fantasy. I was initially weary of this title, thinking it would be full of violence and gore, but it really wasn't! (To be fair, there is SOME violence, but much less than I was expecting with "assassin" in the title.)

While Fitz doesn't have all the charms of Kvothe, they do share a decently tragic past and the inklings of magic. The world-building by Hobb was excellent, and I found myself coming back just to experience life in Buckkeep Castle. I also really enjoyed the relationships between the characters- some become fairly nuanced.

While, for me, this wasn't as amazing as "The Name of the Wind," I did get that heartwarming feeling I was looking for with this book, so that's a win!

Jun 07, 2017

This book specifically is very good. I would give it a wonderful rating if the rest of the series was as good. However, the second and third books wander away from the plot introduced in the first book, and I disagree with their portrayal of some moral decisions made by the protagonist. I wish I could recommend this book, but I'm afraid I can't.

Beatricksy May 13, 2017

Lyrically written with an interesting plot and fascinating world building. The universe feels inhabited by actual people, which for fantasy isn't always the case. It's more descriptive than action packed, which gives it a lovely sense of weight and nostalgia (though the action is definitely there, too). It isn't my favorite fantasy series--I'm not sure if it covers anything new in the genre--but it's definitely made me want to read the next one, which I don't say very often. And, aside from some violence [the MC is a child for much of this, which can make you cringe] and some moody [suicidal] thoughts midway through, it's a tolerably clean read for a big age range.

Timmeh4248 Jan 31, 2017

Fitz Chivalry Farseer is a royal bastard and I mean that in a literal sense.

This does fall into the fantasy genre and so Hobb has carefully crafted a world with a medieval feel. It is heavy on description as many other works of the genre are and I feel that about half the description could be cut out. Also pretty much everyone in the book seems to speak better English than you would hear anywhere in the U.S. There was a peasant near the beginning who referred to Fitz as "the bastid." Apparently he was a peasant from the Boston area but that was the only example of low speech.

Those are really my only two complaints. The pacing is good. I like the characters and the world that Hobb has created. The story follows Fitz as he is trained as King Shrewd's assassin. Fitz's weakness is that he really feels alone much of the time. This leads him to "bond" with animals using a mental sort of telepathy. This can be dangerous as men sometimes become more beast than human if they perform the bond too frequently.

There are numerous intrigues that take place within Shrewd's kingdom, many fostered by his youngest son Regal. These all occur with the backdrop of a much larger threat, the outislanders. This group raids villages and somehow turns its inhabitants into cannibalistic zombies. They become more and more bold as the story progresses.

Thematically there are a lot of messages regarding the roles of leaders as servants to their people. I feel like that is a pretty relevant message for the time s.

sarahfelkar May 01, 2015

Palace intrigue, spies, assassins, poisons, and a young man trying to find his place in the world. A engrossing classic high fantasy novel.

Mar 25, 2015

I first encountered this book after I had finished the Game of Thrones and was looking for something similar. Some Amazon users who liked GOT also liked this book. I read the whole thing and was pretty underwhelmed. I think the only thing the two books had in common is that both authors tend to kill off important characters. And I am not knocking for not being GOT. What I didn't like was that it was so dark and heavy and the payoff at the end of the book just wasn't there. You pretty much just get to watch the main character take abuse the whole time. Maybe at the end of the whole series you get a big payoff but I could hardly make it through this one.

Mar 07, 2014


Jul 30, 2012

well written, good plot, lots of action and adventure - trilogy

Jul 24, 2012

I love fantasy books and I love this trilogy. The characters are so rich, especially Fitz.

Mar 08, 2012

To be fair-minded, I do have problems starting to read books by an author with whom I am not familiar. I did finish reading this book but I was disappointed. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

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Jul 29, 2016

“When you spring to an idea, and decide it is truth, without evidence, you blind yourself to other possibilities.”
― Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice

Jul 29, 2016

“Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”
― Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice

Jul 29, 2016

“Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”
― Robin Hobb, Assassin's Apprentice


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Jul 12, 2010

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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