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Assassin's Apprentice: The Farseer Trilogy Book 1 [Mass Market Paperback]

Robin Hobb
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March 1 1996 Farseer Trilogy
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

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From Publishers Weekly

The bastard sons of kings play a noble role in fantasy: not only were King Arthur and Modred by-blows, but it is often suggested that Merlin himself came to power from the "wrong side of the bed." While Hobb's offering has a few too many illegitimate heirs backstabbing around, this is still a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne. Fitz, who is often called the "Boy" or the "Bastard," was begotten by good Prince Chivalry upon some "peasant" woman. At age six, he is given over to the safekeeping of the prince's man, Burrich. Fitz's impolitic existence causes the prince to abdicate his claim to the throne, and he and his wife leave the court, and the boy, behind. Fitz has inherited the "Skill," a mind-bending talent, and also has the ability to meld his thoughts with those of nonhuman creatures and to mentally "repel" physical advances. When Fitz finally comes to King Shrewd's attention, he is given over to the Royal Assassin's tutelage and trained to carry out the king's devious plans. The novel's conceit-that it offers Fitz's memoirs from childhood through adolescence-allows for several sequels. A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies and Arthurian romances.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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As a royal bastard in the household of King Shrewd, a boy called "Fitz" spends his early years in the king's stables. When the magic in his blood marks him for destiny, he begins receiving secret instruction, by order of the king, in the art of assassination, a calling that places him in the midst of a nest of intrigue and arcane maneuverings. Firmly grounded in the trappings of high fantasy, Hobb's first novel features a protagonist whose coming of age revolves around the discovery of the meaning of loyalty and trust. This gracefully written fantasy belongs in most libraries.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Dec 30 2011
By McMalph
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The quality of the writing and characterization in this novel and the two following entries in the trilogy are absolutely superb. The way Robin Hobb manages to so throughly inhabit the skin of this developing boy on the edges of the main story is simply phenomenal. His development, screw-ups, love, and enmities are incredibly realized. The quality of the writing simply sings. One reviewer on the book describes it as a diamond in a sea of zircons and it is an apt description. This is writing of the highest quality and it towers in quality over most novels. I cannot recommend this book and its trilogy (along with the Tawny Man trilogy, also by Robin Hobb) highly enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta read this!!, Feb. 10 2006
By Rylin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Engrossing, hard to put down, that's what Assassin's Apprentice is. Picked it up on Friday and finished it Sunday night. didn't get much done but what a 'vacation' I had (so to speak) I was so entranced by the plot and the interaction of the characters, I think that's what sold me the most. I'd also suggest The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt, though it's not nearly the caliber of this one.
Like I said, you've 'gotta read this!!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good...deserves 4 stars but... Jan. 2 2004
By T Bone
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First let me say this is a good, solid fantasy story. The author creates excellent characters, a very good (though slightly predictable at times) story, and has a gift for stirring raw emotion (goosebumps, tears, frustration, exhiliration, blah blah).
So why only three stars? TO WARN YOU!!! If at times when reading this story you felt is was a bit predictable, a little too "touchy feely" with its spoon-fed, heavy-handed, black-and-white high moral delivery, but you forgave it due to the great characters and (long-awaited) plot twists, then STOP HERE - DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200 - THANK YOU ROBIN HOBB, GREAT BOOK, NOW MOVE ON TO SOMETHING ELSE. Moving on to the second book will only serve to frustrate you and demean the good memories of this book (not to mention waste you money).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Gem Nov. 8 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are some books that are so head and shoulders above almost everything else out there that they can only instill awe. The Fitz trilogies are one of these rare gems. I would gladly have had millions of average and sub-par novels never been written to see just one more trilogy of this quality.

The character depth and realism, and the way the plot points are tied together, it makes it a joy to read over again. It's a world brought to life in a way that you could easily imagine living in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favourite Fantasy Authors March 21 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have loved Robin Hobb's books since I began reading them as a young teenager. Although I wasn't a huge fan of the Liveship Trilogy I have definitely loved the rest and I can't wait to see how she brings back Fitz in her new book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing March 3 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
i began reading this with low expectations and finished feeling as though i had experienced everything in the book; a great read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genius Book Reviews - Novel Review Dec 11 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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Rating: 8.5

Review: A while back I was given a recommendation by a friend to read this book. It was described as one of the best fantasy books they have read. Although Robin Hobb has created a good novel, it did not live up to the expectations that I had. The story is of a bastard son of a prince who dies early in the novel. As you may have guessed from the title, this boy becomes the apprentice of an assassin, although he has no intention to kill or harm anyone. Hobb’s story is exciting, and has many interesting parts, but it never had that ‘Wow’ factor that will usually draw a reader into the story. The book had some high points, but not enough to make up for the boring and low points throughout. Overall, if you can’t find a fantasy book to read, or you are loaning from a friend, then this is a great book to pick up. I would not suggest paying for it though, unless you have tried and liked other writings by Hobb beforehand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good May 18 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved reading this book. I had been reading non-fiction for so long (mainly philosophy) that I just wanted to dab into the world of fantasy and try something new. I picked up Assassin's Apprentice after reading positive reviews on amazon and I have to say that I was not disappointed at all!

While I absolutely love this story and I am about to read Royal Assassin, I found the ending of Assassin's Apprentice to be a bit too long...I felt a sort of ''fatigue'' from the author and I thought that the story was just dragging on for too long (yet I couldn't stop reading the book).

I also loved the author's writing style and the fact that magic is used throughout the story in a constructive way, and that the story is really about character development. I did somewhat enjoy the Harry Potter series but not that much, and I was looking for a good fantasy novel since I was getting tired of reading about philosophy (it does take its toll on ya!) and I will stick to this genre for a while.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piles of Awesome
If you're just skimming reviews, looking to figure out if this is worth it and wasn't going to trust the pile of 5 star ratings, you can stop looking now. This book is worth it. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2011 by Heroes Die
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a truly great trilogy
The first book to star Robin Hobb's often copied but never rivaled FitzChivalry Farseer. The Farseer Trilogy is a classic fantasy tale sprinkled with well delivered fantasy staples... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2011 by Mike @ Books of Fantasy
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter dreariness
After reading all the rave reviews, I am left completely confused. This book is not good. If ever a book could be judged objectively, this is it. In this book nothing happens. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2005 by "van_dirt"
5.0 out of 5 stars Pass the Duchies
Plot Summary: A young bastard is brought to the palace of the King. It turns out Fitz is the son of Prince Chivalry who proceeds to abdicate his position as king-in-waiting. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book was way better than I had expected! Great story-telling (even though I don't usually like the first person), great characters (Burrich and Chade are my favorite),... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Chip Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Series
Robin Hobb has written a tremendous fantasy series. It certainly rates in the top five of any fantasy series I have read and ranks with the great epic series of authors like David... Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by richard_Clayton@bigf
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