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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 follows the story of Fitz, the bastard son of Prince Chivalry, as he grows up on the edges of the royal court. Mostly seen as an outcast, King Shrewd has him apprenticed to the court assassin and he has ability with the Skill, a type of magic, that needs to be trained. Raiders begin to savage the kingdom's coast causing turmoil with its citizens and there are plots within the court itself. Fitz is sent on a dangerous mission that may be the key to keeping everything from falling apart.

I have no idea why it took me so long to get to this book. It has been on the shelf for going on three years now. It was quite an enjoyable read and I like Hobb's writing style. It flowed better for me than the Liveship Trader novels (also excellent, just different). Now I need to figure out where I put the other two books! ( )
  Narilka | Sep 27, 2016 |
4.5 ( )
  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
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 |
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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
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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 055357339X, Mass Market Paperback)

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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