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Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Robin Hobb, Michael Whelan (Illustrator), John Howe (Illustrator)

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Title:Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)
Authors:Robin Hobb
Other authors:Michael Whelan (Illustrator), John Howe (Illustrator)
Info:Spectra (1996), Mass Market Paperback, 435 pages
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Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (1995)

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Amazing book ( )
  Kguerrero | May 19, 2017 |
Fitz, a royal bastard, is trained to be an assassin. Good, if sometimes slow.
  Sopoforic | May 11, 2017 |
I've heard great things about Robin Hobb and the Farseer trilogy, and I was finally able to snag a cheap copy of the first book. Assassin's Apprentice tells the story of FitzChivalry, the bastard son of Prince Chivalry, who is brought up by the royal family. He has no real status, but King Shrewd takes an interest in him and trains him to be an assassin and a King's Man.

Assassin's Apprentice is a pretty straightforward first book in a fantasy series. It's a coming of age story, about Fitz discovering his place, learning about life and having a few adventures. However, the writing and the descriptions of the world and characters make it very compelling. The magic systems are also really interesting - there are two major systems: the Wit and the Skill. The Wit is much despised and considered perverse, whereas the Skill is the magic of the Farseer line. As a bastard, Fitz has both. It's a tumultuous time in the empire, with barbaric Red Ship Raiders harrying the coast of the Six Duchies, and royals and nobles plotting within the keep walls.

I don't mean to imply that the book is entirely predictable - there are definitely a few tropes that are broken. Fitz is an assassin, not a hero. He is quiet and in the shadows, and he gets the job done. He's far more likely to use poison than a sword (or magic.)

The supporting characters are really well-drawn. Burrich, the loyal servant to Prince Chivalry and father-figure to Fitz, the lady Patience, Chade the assassin and even Hands the stable boy. We get to know everyone really well as the book goes on, and like them all.

I always like a healthy dose of political intrigue, and Assassin's Apprentice does not disappoint. Even though Fitz has been trained since he was young, it's still very interesting to read about his various missions, and see how chance encounters can have far reaching effects in the empire.

I won't say any more for fear of spoilers, but this is definitely a must read! ( )
  kgodey | Apr 11, 2017 |
Author: Robin Hobb   Rating: 3 of 5 Stars   Synopsis A royal bastard is thrown into the royal court and trained to be an assassin.   My Thoughts Having heard of Robin Hobb and specifically this trilogy, I went into this with some high hopes. Sadly, this was only a mediocre story.   Lots of grinding, whining, angst, blah, blah, blah. I found the main character to be thoroughly uninspiring. The kingdom as a whole was a backdrop that felt like it was kind of painted on and the threat of the Redships and the forging, well, it wasn't much of a threat since it didn't make the story change.   And I have to admit, I was expecting something a bit flashier from an assassin. I think Brent Weeks and his wetboys have ruined me for simple assassins.   I'll finish the trilogy, but I doubt I'll be reading any more of Hobbs, she has failed to impress.     Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.com " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I decided to reread this because I ended up abruptly abandoning the audiobook of Royal Assassin when I quit my job to work at home and no longer had a commute.

I think I enjoyed it even more as a book than I did as an audiobook. Hobb does a fantastic job of world-building here, and Fitz is a great character. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.

Highly recommended, especially if you like fantasy but find Game of Thrones too dark.

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Original review (August 2010):

I really enjoyed this, almost as much as I enjoyed George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series. Bonus: this series is all done, so I don't have to worry that there will be no resolution. Fitz is a great character.

Note that I didn't actually read this, I listened to it during my ridiculously long commute for several weeks. The reader is really very good. I'm looking forward to starting Royal Assassin when I go back to work on Tuesday. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
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Boehmer, PaulNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howe, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Spångberg, YlvaTranslatorsecondary 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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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.

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