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Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
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Sep 06, 2010

I am a complete sucker for the fantasy series that are, in effect, one huge novel split up for ease of publishing.
The Farseer trilogy is one such novel and is one of the best I have read for a long time. The writing is simple but extremely well done, never becoming tiresome, never jarring.
The writing in the first person is unusual in this type of book as are the numerous lengthy passages of introspection on the part of the narrator. It also covers adult themes that are often missing from this genre.
The narrator, Fitz, is an unsusual 'hero'. He is ill-equipped, at least at first, for the cards fate has dealt him and he meets this inadequacy with frequent failures and petulance, often showing himself to be a less than pleasant character. The fact that he is a trained killer, often very active, doesn't help either.
But who wants stereotypes and the same old same old? All the usual characters are here but with subtle and not so subtle makeovers, showing the author to be something special in the fantasy genre.

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