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Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1)
Assassin's Apprentice - Farseer, Bk 1
Author: Robin Hobb
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 secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. — For in Fitz's blood runs the magic Skill -- and the darker knowled...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553573398
ISBN-10: 055357339X
Publication Date: 3/1/1996
Pages: 464
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 412 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1) on + 62 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
I am really thrilled with this start to the Farseer trilogy. I read the book in one day, could NOT put it down! It is richly detailed, well written, and very touching. I can't wait to read the next two!
reviewed Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1) on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
As a royal bastard in the household of King Shrewd, a boy called "Fitz" spends his early years in the king's stables. When the magic in his blood marks him for destiny, he begins receiving secret instruction, by order of the king, in the art of assassination, a calling that places him in the midst of a nest of intrigue and arcane maneuverings. Firmly grounded in the trappings of high fantasy, Hobb's first novel features a protagonist whose coming of age revolves around the discovery of the meaning of loyalty and trust. - Synopsis by Reed Business Information, Inc.

The usual stock fantasy characters are here, but the main one has a bit of a twist: He learns how to become an assassin for the king.

This story does get a bit gruesome in parts, so if you're particularly squeamish, this isn't for you. Portions of that didn't bother me, but what did bother me (and maybe it shouldn't have) was Fitz's dog. Yes, he has a dog who is quite loyal and protective of him. I won't get into details, but as the dog is introduced fairly early into the story, I nearly stopped reading the book after reading about the dog...

Now, I attach a lot to what happens to a dog in a story, simply because I have 2 dogs and no kids. But certain things with the dog (I won't get into detail) made me want to stop reading fairly early on in the book. But it's rare for me not to finish a book, so I continued.

It moves a pretty good pace, the character of Fitz is interesting enough, so it's not that the story itself is bad. Don't let my prejudice make you think it wasn't an interesting tale (the 1st book of the Farseer Trilogy) because it was.

Oh, and the cover art is beautiful.
reviewed Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
This is not the type of book that I usually read, but I found myself engrossed in it and actually caring about the characters and wanting to know what happened next. It was definitely not a book I could easily put down.
reviewed Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This was the book that made me fall back into fantasy fiction. The series (and related series) are among the best I've read--well-developed characters and fictional worlds. Don't let the type-names fool you--the book knows what it's doing and while the Farseer line names do tell you something, this is well beyond say the type-names of Pilgrim's Progress or even Dickens.

There IS quite a lot of really disturbing violence in Hobbs's work--there were times I had to put the book down (see other reviews--cruelty and physical threat to humans and animals is prevelant)--but there's a real reason for it. Hobbs's other work (see the Soldier's Son trilogy) shows a strong environmental consciousness, though it may not be readily apparent to the casual reader of this series. Definitely adult themes--not really a teens's series--though aside from the violence I can't think of a real reason that age group couldn't handle it, but in general her work is more sophisticated about affection, betrayal, political dynamics, cultural encounter, etc. than most young readers will be ready to recognize.
sunalso avatar reviewed Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1) on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Excellent Fantasy novel. Ms. Hobb has created an entirely believable world, and her characters are well rounded. She makes you truely care about them and thier fates.
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reviewed Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1) on
Not the most original story/characters/setting, but an enjoyable read. Has a bit of a Walking Dead feel to it, with some mind-reading magic thrown in. I finished it pretty quick, but probably won't read the next book.
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Really Really well written book. I love that it is in the first person. It isn't the fast pace cut them up and move on kind of book. Really well built characters, especially the main one, but all around him done very well, as well. I loved the story and the ending to this book kind of surprised me. I really didn't expect what happened. I can't wait to read the next two.
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I am thrilled that this is a series and I get to read two more books. Hobb has made a land and formed all characters and let us become part of the books she writes. I loved the Ship stories as well and they all intertwine.