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Assassin's Apprentice (1995)

by Robin Hobb

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Realm of the Elderlings (1), The Farseer Trilogy (1)

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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 secretly 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.… (more)
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A very solid book. It has a rather unique style, and magic quite different from your typical fantasy environment. I am planning to read the rest of this series, as it seems they won't disappoint. ( )
  MetalPirate | Jul 31, 2020 |
I really enjoyed being introduced to Fitz as a child of 6 just being dropped off to someone new. And then slowly watching him grow in his new “home”.

While this particular book doesn’t have a lot of action it does have a lot of set up and learning as to who Fitz is, the world he lives in and the people who are apart of life.

I felt a tremendous amount of pain for Fitz, the boy is so alone and the one thing he kept finding comfort in kept being ripped from him, and I still don’t understand why The Wit is bad but I am holding out for the later volumes to hopefully explain that more in depth.

The Skill quite honestly confused the hell out of me for a good portion of the story until it finally was explained in a manner I could understand, that’s my only real gripe with the book. This Skill is important, yet I had so much trouble really understanding it and I’m not even sure I really understand it all the way.

The character names also initially left me confused but after awhile and few rereads of its explanations I understood how they worked.

The characters were not overly complex nor underwhelming bland either. They each brought something different and right from the start I knew I wasn’t going to like Regal.

I like the complexity of Fitz and Burrich’s relationship and I’m not going to lie, I shed a few tears when I thought all hope for them being in each other’s lives was almost severed. I like how headstrong and stubborn they are to each other but underneath all that, there is care, and a fondness that’s just kept coming back. I’m interested in where it will go in follow up books.

*SPOILER*
Also my most heart wrenching moment was with Lady Patience. My heart hurt so bad for her when she screamed that Fitz should have been hers and how it wasn’t fair. The scene has so much pain in it and it truly broke my heart for her and I cried for her. I want to so much learn more about her. I feel I wasn’t given enough.

The pacing was mild, not to quick not to slow. It a great set up for a world and it’s characters and I’m intrigued to know where the story leads next. ( )
  SweetKokoro | Jul 29, 2020 |
The story sounds extremely well written and very interesting, unfortunately the book for me was very slow and I just couldn't get into it. I have tried multiple times and can't seem to get past Chapter 7.

Definitely going to hold onto the book and try again some other time. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset for this story at this time. ( )
  A.Keyes | Jul 25, 2020 |
Yeah,I liked this book and I thought the character development was great This was something that peeked my interest right away.And then there was the landscape development.between coastal areas and then mountains.It was all very nicely done and kept me interested throughout.It was just a good book.:) ( )
  chalton | Jul 14, 2020 |
Not what I was expecting at all. I was expecting more ... killing, I guess. But interesting and very enjoyable, nonetheless. Will be looking into further books. ( )
  expatb | Jun 8, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hobb, Robinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boehmer, PaulNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howe, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santikko, SauliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spångberg, YlvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Giles
And for Raphael and Freddy,
the Princes of Assassins.
Bantam 1996 edition:
To Giles
and
to the memories of
Ralph the Orange
and
Freddie Cougar
Princes among Assassins
and
Felines above Reproach
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A history of the Six Duchies is of necessity a history of its ruling family, the Farseers.
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[The Fool] was proffering a leather drawstring bag. "What is it?" I asked, and tried not to let him hear either the flowers or the doll in my voice.
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Despite some titles similar to those of the original 6, the French version of the Farseer books splits the 2 trilogies into 13 books. This is 1 of 13 and it is the only book that is exactly the same as the original one. Make sure you combine only with identically split parts of the series.
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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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