Assassin's Apprentice: The Farseer Trilogy Book 1 by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice: The Farseer Trilogy Book 1

byRobin Hobb

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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 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

From the Paperback edition.

Robin Hobb, who has also written a number of novels as Megan Lindholm, is a native of Washington state.
Title:Assassin's Apprentice: The Farseer Trilogy Book 1Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 5, 2002Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553897489

ISBN - 13:9780553897487

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy first and reading this trilogy just gives Fitz a new depth you wouldn't expect.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised I didn't pick this up sooner I enjoyed the writing style and found myself slowing down to enjoy the book more, time to jump into the next part
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to continue on! I read this book last month and loved it! I'm really excited to continue on with the series (1 book down, 15 to go!)
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing entry to the world of Robin Hobb I read this book on the recommendation of a friend and was delighted to find such a well written, creative universe with well-developed, yet pleasantly flawed, characters. This is an easy story to get lost in.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story - unique world This book was a fantastic and unexpected read. Not your standard fantasy plot.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorite fantasy series. Really enjoyed this book/series, the easiest of Hobb's work to get into in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average The writing is good but the plot is very slow and the main protagonist, Fitz, isn't the smartest guy around. Writing style and pace is similar throughout the book so if you enjoy the start you will probably enjoy it to the end.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rich and Superb If you are a fan of the Patrick Rothfuss Kvothe series and are impatiently awaiting the last in his trilogy, perhaps you should consider reading this book instead of ranting on Goodreads about "how long he is taking to finish his series, for crying out loud!" This is a delightful and incredibly rich story, packed full of detail, with a slow rhythmic narrative. This is the beginning of FitzChivalry's life. It is detailed and written in such a way that it feels like eating a rich piece of dark chocolate and savoring every moment.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great intorduction to the realm of the elderlings I found the book started off a little slow, but I was immersed the whole way. Although there isn't much happening right at the beginning you connect to the main character straight away. I thought all of the characters in this book were interesting and develop well. There's a good plot/character development balance, though I would say the character is the strongest focus in this book. This is my favourite series, it sucks you right in.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good But Slightly Dry It was a well written novel, which had quite a bit of character development but it was quite dry in the middle of the series but it begins to pick up near the end.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantasy This was good. But I wasn't blown away as most are with Hobb
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just love those books Robin Hobb is just an amazing writer, her book are so compelling and the story of this world she created is so intense.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing! You can't help but love, and hate, the characters...
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I absolutely loved it, the main character is so anti-hero, I felt so much for him. He keeps trying and never gives up. Even if the outcome isn't what he was expecting.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Masterful Storycraft This book was recommended to me by someone who loves this writer and I can see where that attraction comes from. I was told that the world building and descriptions were top tier and I believe it! The way Hobb works with words is amazing. Even though the story rather slowly follows the life of Fitz after he officially joins the world as the bastard son of a prince, I never found myself bored with the story. Burrich was my favourite character and having him act as the mentor really helped with my immersion in the world. And what a world it was! It was rich with description and I was never left bored with her long paragraphs of block text. My favourite thing she described was the Mountain Kingdom. Even though I spent such a small amount of time in it the author was able to communicate its beauty and splendor perfectly even though it was seen through Fitz's eyes. I'm glad that this author was recommended to me because the plot was really enjoyable. All the characters were strong, the world was complete, the magic made sense, and it all just fit together so well. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The first book in a classic series This is one of the best series of books that I have every read. You won't be disappointed. If you enjoy Game of Thrones, you will love this author.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing start to an amazing trilogy I was going to write a long review, but decided it wasn't needed. This book is one of my favourite books and the Trilogy is easily my favourite next to The Tawnyman Trilogy. It starts off slow, but it it worth the wait. If you're looking for a long series to get into, this is definitely one to get into. The Farseer Trilogy is first, The Liveship Trilogy is second, Tawnyman is third, The Rainwilds Chronicles is fourth and the Fitz and the Fool trilogy is last. You definitely want to read them in order.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No intrigue I read a lot of good reviews about Robin Hobb before picking this book up, so perhaps I had high expectations. To be fair, she is a good writer and the words read smoothly, but I found the storytelling pretty bland. This book is a first person narrative written in the past tense and mostly feels like a chronology of events. Things just happened and you don't experience them in time with the main character so there is no sense of excitement, or urgency in any of the training or post-training events. Further, because it is first-person narrative, you get no real insight into the other characters either, so in the end, I found that I didn't really care about any of them.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No intrigue Assassin’s Apprentice is an epic fantasy novel. It’s set in a world of kings, princes, allies and assassins. It’s an epic tale – rich on historical world-building. This book absorbed from start to finish. It wasn’t a quick read. It was a slow burner that had me wanting to read into the wee hours because I was just so engrossed. I liked that it was sumptuous in the detail. This book felt like a fantasy rite of passage. Robin Hobb is obviously a huge name in my favourite genre and yet I had never read anything by her. I’m so glad I came across this book in the public library. Fitz is the illegitimate son of Prince Chivalry Farseer. His earliest memory is of being dumped by his maternal grandfather at the feet of Burrich - his father’s loyal servant. Fitz grows up in the stables where Burrich tends to the horses, dogs and hawks. He grows up an outsider – always being viewed as “the bastard” child. He feels acute loneliness and yet great loyalty to the King and his uncle Prince Verity. There comes a time when he charged to learn magic known as the Skill. It is a dangerous pursuit under the instruction of a vile and cruel teacher. It tests him to the limit and it could break him. But without the Skill, the kingdom of the Six Duchies may fall to the evil Red Raiders and their mysterious soul-stealing. The novel is told from Fitz’s point of view. At the beginning of each chapter there is an excerpt from the history of the Farseer and their kingdom of the Six Duchies. It’s the story of Fitz’s many roles in Buckkeep. He assists Burrich with the animals. He spends time training with weapons. He, as the title suggests, becomes the assassin’s apprentice. Not something a person might want to be but is driven to out of loyalty. It is a book about fate – sometimes our name dictates our nature, sometimes our circumstances. Sometimes it is merely that we are a pawn in other peoples’ games. The characterisation is excellent. You feel every single breath Fitz takes but you also come to love Burrick, admire Verity and fear Galen. It is quite something the way this book is written. It really haunted me when I wasn’t reading it. I kept wondering about what would happen next. I loved that the author didn’t take the easy route. Characters are maimed, killed and utterly tormented. It made reading this book surprising, full of anticipation and an absolute nail-biting pleasure. If you haven’t read anything by robin Hobb, then begin with the Assassin’s Apprentice. You will not be disappointed. It was incredible!
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A light past time Certainly not an epic read, but a thoroughly good past time read to immerse yourself in a new land and escape reality for a bit
Date published: 2014-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I love this series and the way it portrays dogs :)
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good book. Starting the next
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rare gem I have read many reviews of the first book that say its too boring, drags too much especially early and that most of the book seems rather childish....I'm not sure its possible for me to disagree more...true, the story is not non-stop battles or an epic adventure from page 1, rather the author uses her skill to invest the reader fully in who her characters are....she does it very no point did I feel it boring or slow....and I can't stand ridiculous stand-still 'fantasy' soap operas such as anything Arthurian or rubbish like Game of Thrones....this is good writing and not merely for the author to prattle on...there are few wasted words here.....and the characters the book in a couple of 2 continues with the same endearing writing style (first person is highly under-used and under-appreciated) and the same pace...again I read the book in a couple of nights...the 3rd book is significantly below the first 2 in quality....pacing slows, she begins to add pages of writing that go nowhere and add nothing to either the story or character development. It is possible Hobb is setting up future works, but it still serves the reader not at all. Overall, the series was for me a long-ignored surprise treasure. In my opinion the single most important distinction between an average writer and those that have true skill is the ability to forego contrived writing...average writers put their characters in no-win scenarios and then contrive to get them out with contrived serrendipity...they all of a sudden gain a new skill, a new magic, a new character suddenly gets added if only for the one scene. A skilled writer either does not pretend to put the character into no-win scenarios or they allow their character to accept the consequences. Hobb's characters are human, not all characters know everything as in most average fantasy where each bit player is a wise as Moses; her writing is sophisticated, real and touching. Great series.
Date published: 2013-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved to read I loved to read this book. It was entertaining, moving and thrilling. I loved the style and themes.
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read read more then five times. still love this book and series
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from slow at times I sometimes find myself losing interest and not really understanding the direction the author is taking, but he manages to pull me and stop me from putting it down. I'm a fan of more action and mature themes and its sort of lacks this element. I'm about half way through so i'm hoping the pace picks up
Date published: 2010-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally awesome Loved this book - took a few pages to get used to the first person writing style but fell in love with it. Gripping and exciting!
Date published: 2009-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This book started a 3 trilogy journey for me! (The Farseer; The Live Ship Traders; The Tawny Man) I know I’ll be reading this series again & again – the characters are *still* popping into my head to say ‘hi’ from time to time! A must for anyone who loves fantasy.
Date published: 2009-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to the trilogy First time I read this book, I was hooked. The story is intriguing, and the characters are rather well developed. I picked up this book after reading the second in the set (Assassin's Quest) and still found it fit in well. I had no problems following it, and in fact was quite surprised by some events even though I had read the second volume first. Although this book, until the following volumes (Assassin's quest and Royal Assassin) can be read as stand alone, I strongly recommend reading it first. It helps build a lot on the main character which wil be important in the next two books.
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best I have read this first book in French and the rest of the series in English and in both language it's a book you cannot put down. In all the books by Robin Hobb, the characters become real and the world they live in is yours while you read. If you love Tad Williams, Terry Goodkind , you will also enjoy this one.
Date published: 2008-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A work of genius I read a great deal of fantasy and sci-fi and of all the books and writers Robin Hobb's are the best. I recommend this series to everyone browsing the sci-fi section. I didn't realize until I was done reading the series that this writer was in fact a woman and not a man as I had thought during the reading of her books. She writes superbly, not too fast not too slow and is excellent at developing her story line. Once you start I guarantee you won't be able to stop. I recommend this book for those who have read and liked anything by the following authors: Mercedes Lackey Andre Norton Terry Goodkind J.R.R Tolkien J.K. Rowling Terry Brooks
Date published: 2004-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from development The story may have developed slowly, but maintains its integrity throughout. The characters are extremely well written and emotions well projected. The foundations are established for a good story to be continued in the other books of the trilogy.
Date published: 2002-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Assasins Apprentice Robin Hobb has come amazing steps closer to the true beauty that makes up fantasy. The depth of the characters and the emotion that the reader feels throughout the novel is quite remarkable. Without giving away any of this masterpiece I am still amazed by the way Robin Hobb lets the reader experience another reality, as an example throught the mind of a wolf. Where only the things that would be important to a wolf are even considered. Or the way the Fitz has challenge after challenge, almost a never ending battle of his disturbed soul. Each time making your mind wonder what could possibly happen next, and when it seems safe another twist, yet so realistic as well. Brilliant and original...I look forward to the future of her writing, and this trilogy is a must.
Date published: 2001-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it gets better ... This book, rather shorter then the sequels is pretty descriptive, but in my opinion, i like the sequels better then this one. :D still, it's pretty good tho at filling in the details because i had read the sequels first. :D good read.
Date published: 2000-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! This is one helluva piece of Fantasy. The characters, and the depth of the plot are astounding. I read this book like an addiction. I STRONGLY suggest reading it.
Date published: 1999-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Assassin's Apprentice When I picked up this book I was skeptical about reading about a child, but was surprised at the depth and substance of this fantasy series. I have recommend this book to fans of Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind. The child in question is illegitimate and therefore non-existent. Treated as an outcast until King Shrewd who has plans for him as his private assassin and then Fitz discovers the true nature of a secret magic and it turns out it is a skilled despised by all. One of only few new fantasy writers that I have enjoyed.
Date published: 1999-02-09