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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 (Book 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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I liked the narrative and how the plot develops. I love a book when I get to connected to a character or feel myself in their shoes. 🙂 ( )
  FirstSpeaker | Apr 16, 2021 |
This was well-written with intriguing characters, an engaging plot, and a well-realised world. I found it a bit slow at the beginning but was soon caught up in the wonderful storytelling. ( )
  KarenBayly | Apr 10, 2021 |
This is strike 2 for Hobb for me (which probably means I won't give her another chance). It was kind of like a dark YA novel that just kind of meandered. I gave it 13 out of 17 hours on audio, but just couldn't take it anymore. It really seems to lack focus. There's some royal intrigue stuff going on, there's a kind of zombie plague thing happening that people don't seem all that concerned about, an attempted murder that the hero seems to have forgotten about, there some kind of mind magic, that it seemed the hero only had but not they're training people to use it, but that's not really a big deal either it seems. Then there was a princess who decided the hero must be trained to be a royal, but that totally stopped and went nowhere. So there I was 3/4ths of the way in and not really attached to anything.

I guess I got too excited by the word "Assassin" in the title, I thought it would be some cool dark fantasy novel about an adult assassin, but even as far as I got, the hero was still only about 15 and still blushing around girls. ( )
1 vote ragwaine | Mar 17, 2021 |
From the day he was abandoned at the king's gates the boy with no name was content with tending the horses and dogs in the king's stables, never imagining or wanting involvement in the world of royal intrigue. But what one wants isn't necessarily what one gets.

I was racing through this book to see what would become of the ill-conceived child of a royal heir. The story was interesting, and I fell in love with the characters.

Wow, what a ride that was! ( )
  fuzzi | Feb 7, 2021 |
Good stuff, great characters and some unusual twists and plot subjects. Moving on to #2. ( )
  Rick686ID | Jan 27, 2021 |
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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 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.

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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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