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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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Loved it. Amazing. A . Number 1.

Proper review elsewhere, because reasons, and GR being awkward.

http://krazykiwi.booklikes.com/post/576460/assassin-s-apprentice-the-farseer-tri... ( )
  krazykiwi | Aug 22, 2016 |
I'm not generally a fan of coming-of-age fantasy stories, but I enjoyed this. The protagonist, Fitz, illegitimate son of Prince Chivalry, is a likable person. He makes mistakes, but Hobbs does not invest him with adolescent petulance so that he can lose it later on, a far too common technique in this sub-genre. The supporting characters are distinct and interesting, especially Burrich, Chade, Verity, Molly, and the Fool. Hobbs has the narrator, old Fitz, layer in details whose significance young Fitz doesn't understand at the time, but an alert reader may catch. This is a solid story in its own right, and a promising start to a series. ( )
  bezoar44 | Jul 23, 2016 |
Loved it and can't wait to read the rest of the series. ( )
  nikkinmichaels | Jul 6, 2016 |
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Review will be added later.
  crisana | Jun 2, 2016 |
I started watching booktube this year, and in doing so, came across a channel called Novels & Nonsense. Samantha reads a lot of fantasy, A LOT, and over time I realized we had sort of the same taste in books.

If you’ve watched her, you know she mentions Robin Hobb basically every other video. She’s one of her favourite authors, and one I’d never heard of before. So on my next Chapters excursion I picked up the recommended first read in her interwoven trilogies/series/world: Assassin’s Apprentice.

It has been awhile since I have read such a rich fantasy novel. From page one you are hooked into this elaborate world that is complex but understandable. There were no questions, no moments where I lost the illusion, just pure world building and fun.

The jist of the story is that Fitz is the bastard son of the King in waiting, who leaves court when he finds out he has a bastard. Fitz is sent to court by his mother’s father, where he is taken in by Burrich, his father’s man and stable…guy. Fitz comes into contact with the King (his grandfather), who wants to train him as an assassin, and Fitz agrees. We then meet Chade (who’s name I pronounce as both Shade and Chad), and we watch Fitz learn the Skill.

Yeah, so picture that playing out, but like a MILLION TIMES more engaging.

Fitz is an amazing character. I love that you get to watch him grown from a tiny boy through finding the first bit of himself, and having to realize who he is and what his future could be like. You watch him become self aware, and it’s really interesting. I LOVED reading through his eyes, he is hands down one of my favourite fantasy characters.

The supporting cast were also real parts of the story, not just characters placed to drive a plot. I felt like I had walked through the palace and met these people, that Fitz had actually grown up alongside them. Burrich, especially, felt REAL. Although I wanted to hit him on the head a little.

I can’t even speak to you about the plot because it’s just so fantastic. I can’t wait to read the next one. And the next one. And the next series. And I’m so glad Robin Hobb has written so many books for me to devour. ( )
  keyboardscoffee | May 30, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robin Hobbprimary 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
to the memories of
Ralph the Orange
Freddie Cougar
Princes among Assassins
Felines above Reproach
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A history of the Six Duchies is of necessity a history of its ruling family, the Farseers.
[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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