Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1)
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by Robin Hobb (Goodreads Author)
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…more
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 as 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.
Praise for Robin Hobb and Assassin’s Apprentice
“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin
“A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies . . . a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne.”—Publishers Weekly
“This is the kind of book you fall into, and start reading slower as you get to the end, because you don’t want it to be over.”—Steven Brust [close]
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Availability: 24 copies available, 3206 people requesting
Giveaway dates: Jul 29 - Aug 09, 2015
Countries available: US
Popular Answered Questions
The Farseer Trilogy:
1) Assassin's Apprentice
2)…moreThe Realm of the Elderlings is written in chronological order, so Thehonestowl is not entirely correct.
The Farseer Trilogy:
1) Assassin's Apprentice
2) Royal Assassin
3) Assassin's Quest
Followed by the Liveship Traders Trilogy
1) Ship of Magic
2) Mad Ship
3) Ship of Destiny
Followed by The Tawny Man Trilogy
1) Fool's Errand
2) Golden Fool
3) Fool's Fate
Followed by The Rain Wilds Chronicles
1) Dragon Keeper
2) Dragon Haven
3) City of Dragons
4) Blood of Dragons
And finally, The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
1) Fool's Assassin
2) Fool's Quest
TL;DR: there's a lot of romance in the assassin's books (but think quality over quantity), as well as the liveship trader trilogy.(less)
Robin Hobb can write a first person story with rare skill. She shows you a world though Fitz's eyes and makes it matter, makes it vital. Some elements of Hobb's fantasy are fairly old school, but written with a modern style and a literary ski ...more
Yup, I'm all set! (for some funky reason, I'd feel weird about reading Robin Hobb on my Kindle, so I got the entire series in English paperbacks too.:p
Buddy read with:
*Kat (joins for book 2)
*Lee(first timer, wooot!)
*Erika, and I'm confident we'll catch up with...
Assassin's Apprentice illustrates this point fairly well. Robin Hobb has clearly lovingly created the world of the Six Duchies, and this love is echoed through the tale's device: born a bastard son to the king's heir, Fit ...more
Wearily I regard the faltering trail of ink it has tracked down my page. I have seen that shape before, I think, but it was not ink then. A trickle of drying blood on the deck of a Red-Ship, and mine the hand that spilled it? Or was it a tendril of smoke rising black against a blue sky as I rode too late to warn a village of a Red-Ship raid? Or poison swirling and unfurling yellowly in a simple glass of water, poison I had handed someone, smiling all the while? ...more
Funny that I thought I would be able to objectively review this favorite of mine. SERIOUSLY? I was way too conceited. Because the truth is...
Because I'm way too much involved in Fitz's story to analyze it. I mean, I could pretend, of course, but really? I found myself crying or being out of breath in anticipation so many times that I'm pretty sure my opinion is grandly biased.
Take this, for example : "And then my lessons with Galen began." Yeah, well, I cried at this. Crazy right? Hey, ...more
That's not to say I loved it from the beginning, however. I had a bit of a hard time getting into Assassin's Apprentice, but that could also be the fact that I had a hard time with the narrator at first. By the end, I actually found it quite fitting ...more
Though all o ...more
A couple of months ago I discovered that Robin Hobb was continuing with this epic series and that The Fool's Assassin is going to be released in 2014. It was great to hear that other people were as pleased about the news as I was and thanks to Loederkoningin for setting up the Fitz & the Fool buddy group.
This is my third time of reading the series and I'm as excited reading it this time as I was the first time. I intended to read Assassin's Apprentice whilst reading another book, but after ...more
Here's the truth: I used to crouch into subway corners, hunched over, pressed against the throng of rush hour bodies, lost in Robin Hobb's universe. I'd miss my stops.
I've read all of her Farseer trilogy, all of her Liveship books, all of her Tawny Man series. I broke my cardinal rule of sci-fi/fantasy reads and actually bought a 1st edition, hard cover of the las ...more
Fitz, the bastard son of the crown prince with a peasant woman, is taken from his mother as a six year old boy and dropped into the royal household. This novel follows Fitz from his childhood, rejected by many and ignored by almost all others, to about age fif ...more
Hopefully this review is coherent. I did just finish this amazing book and its hard to put thoughts in order when your mind has just been blown.
I great up fatherless and motherless in a court where all recognized me as a catalyst. And a catalyst I became.
Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a bastard son of the Prince, who is given up by his mother to be raised in Buckkeep. There he becomes known as Fitz, and discovers that he is able to link to animals, a talent called the Wit. It al ...more
August 2011: I have now read this book three times. That’s right, three times! And you know the weird thing? I love it more each and every time I read it.
But there is a downfall to reading the series so often… I can’t separate the feelings I get from this book from the feelings I have for the series as a whole. A lot of the emotions I feel when I read this are triggered by ...more
Tengo muy buenos impulsos...
La historia me hizo acordar a Martin, Sanderson y a mi querido Rothfuss. Es amena, rápida, no tiene tanto diálogo como otros libros, sin embargo, a mí no se me hizo pesado como a muchos.
Cuando crees tener una idea y decides que es cierta, sin pruebas, te ciegas a otras posibilidades. Tenlas todas en c ...more
I really enjoyed the start of this series. I can't really look at this as 'just a book' though, I've always looked at it as the start of a long series. But it introduced a lot of really enjoyable characters, a mental magic system that looks interesting (and had me scr ...more
So Fitz begins his learning ...more
As some may know, I'd read Ship of Magic in December of last year, and I wasn't that overly impressed with it. Based on that book, and some of Hobb's short stories I'd read, I was more than willing to pass over any of her other stuff.
But then Dawn literally forced me to read this book, and so I did. I was leery going in, as I expected it to be a long and generally unenjoyable slog, but since I was also assured time and again that Farseer was generally much better than the Liveship trilogy, I ...more
[Non-Spoiler Video Review] http://youtu.be/xbwjPRVngs8
First, a short blurb on the storyline (so skip to the next paragraph if you haven’t read the book, and don’t want it spoilt). Fitz is a royal bastard (as in born outside of wedlock). At age five his mother’s family deliver him to the royals and abandon him. The boy looks just like his King-in-Waiting father, but this doesn’t win Fitz any favours. His father, and his wife, abdicate and move away from the castle, leaving Fitz to be tended by the stable master. Over th ...more
Hobb also steers clear of the typical stereotypes of violent professionals and gives us an assassin that those of us in arms-bearing trades can truly believe: a confused, anxious, decent and striving person who has chosen an occupation.
Robin Hobb is undoubtedly my favourite writer, and I decided to re-read all of her works after seeing her at Westercon 65.
I love this book because it goes slow.
I love this book because we really get into Fitz's head.
I love this book because nothing happens, but I'm so completely engrossed in the world.
I love this book because I could read about Fitz over and over again, always with the same pleasure.
If you want a break from epic fantasy, and want to kee ...more
Wondering why I am talk ...more