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Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) (original 1995; edition 2002)

by Robin Hobb (Author)

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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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Title:Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)
Authors:Robin Hobb (Author)
Info:Spectra (2002), 464 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Fantasy, Audiobook

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Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (1995)

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An entertaining read from start to end. Robin Hobb's command of the English language is remarkable. The characters are alive and have complex natures, their interactions with each other make for a fascinating read. ( )
  SeanK1964 | Oct 23, 2020 |
Great origin story. A 6 year-old boy is taken from his mother to be delivered to his father, a prince in the Farseer line. He is has no name. He doesn’t know where he belongs. The journey to become FitzChivalry Farseer is painful and sometimes lonely. We learn about the world as the boy does - the life in Buck Keep, the life in town, the life of a bastard. Narrator of the audiobook is excellent. ( )
  sbecon | Oct 17, 2020 |
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. ( )
  jenbooks | Oct 5, 2020 |
At first glance the difference between fantasy and science fiction seems to be that the unreal elements in fantasy don’t need a scientific or technological rationale. No one expects to run into them in the future of this world. They are simply magic, and the reader accepts them if they are well done and fit the story. Science fiction is for the entrepreneurs of the future. We may need to ride a space elevator one day. There are no hobbits on Tatooine. Muggles don’t make good Starship Troopers. But wait. Little green men exist all over the multiverses of sci-fi. And what is the difference between Luke Skywalker’s light saber and Harry Potter’s wand? Worlds collide!
The Assassin’s Apprentice is set in a feudal landscape. The magic is some sort of telepathy. But the real magic is the author’s story telling, which after my first read of one of her novels seems similar in quality to Leguin and Rowling. This is definitely worth going back to for more, but first I need to see what happens to Red Mars. ( )
  drardavis | Sep 22, 2020 |
Theres a bit of everything I like in this book. My first Hobb read, I should add. A good history backstory, one boys journey, nicely thought out plot all ticked boxes. Hobb also steered clear of complicated wordings, avoided British / US wording differences (e.g. trousers/pants, colour/color) so that the reading went smoothly and at a pace that kept me reading in to the small hours wanting to know what was around the corner. Will certainly be getting the next two books, and have the (noticably thicker) Ship of Magic sat on the shelf waiting to be started too. My instant "want to read the follow-on book" pushes this up from a solid 4 to a 5 star. ( )
  CliveUK | Sep 20, 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 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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