‘Fantasy as it ought to be written’ George R.R. Martin
The kingdom of the Six Duchies is on the brink of civil war when news breaks that the crown prince has fathered a bastard son and is shamed into abdication. The child’s name is Fitz, and his is despised.
Raised in the castle stables, only the company of the king’s fool, the ragged children of the lower city and his unusual affinity with animals provide Fitz with any comfort.
To be useful to the crown, Fitz is trained as an assassin; and to use the traditional magic of the Farseer family. But his tutor, allied to another political faction, is determined to discredit, even kill him. Fitz must survive: for he may be destined to save the kingdom.
'What makes her novels addictive is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics' The Times
‘Hobb is superb’ Conn Iggulden
‘Hobb is a remarkable storyteller’ Guardian
About the author
Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction. She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska, where she learned how to raise a wolf cub, to skin a moose and to survive in the wilderness. When she married a fisherman who fished herring and the Kodiak salmon-run for half the year, these skills would stand her in good stead. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington State.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The lowliest son of a royal house rises to defend his family’s kingdom in this elegantly written novel by celebrated fantasy author Robin Hobb. As invaders infest the countryside with savage, zombie-like creatures, young Fitz—the crown prince’s illegitimate offspring and a magically gifted assassin in training—is thrust into a deadly conspiracy led by a traitor bent on usurping the throne. Full of realistic characters and fast-moving intrigue, Assassin’s Apprentice is a riveting introduction to the vivid world of Hobb’s popular Farseer trilogy.
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I've never been so captivated by characters and storytelling. There brilliant.
So if you don't have time to devote the next year to reading this and all subsequent books in the series (and believe me you'll want to) then best not start. What am I saying! Of course you should start. TODAY
Excellent writing with a gripping story for those who adore fantasy. Those leaving this book with a bad review do it injustice, the book is perfect for fantasy readers if you aren’t one of those then maybe this isn’t for you.
As a well read fantasy fan - this is still top of my list after a second reading. It fits very nicely between heroic ‘high fantasy’ and gritty, game of thrones style fantasy.
The first person perspective of Fitz is stunning - Hobb writes as an adolescent boy so authentically, and all of the character he meets are truly memorable. Villains who you truly despise, and relationship you really value make this an absolutely must read for anyone looking to sink into a new fantasy series.