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Assassin's Apprentice: Farseer

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ISBN13: 9780553573398
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Assassin's Apprentice is a great, enjoyable reads. Assassins, intrigue, magic, and an interesting world — what's not to love? Usually I don't like coming-of-age stories, but this one is very well done and steers clear of many of the traps that fantasy stories fall into. I would recommend it to any fantasy fan.
Recommended by Hobie, Powells.com

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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 like 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.

Review:

"A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies...a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne." Publishers Weekly

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"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

About the Author

Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer trilogy and the Liveship Traders trilogy. She has also written several novels as Megan Lindholm. She is a native of Washington State and is at work on Book 2 of the Tawny Man.

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Lia M in Santa Cruz, November 9, 2014 (view all comments by Lia M in Santa Cruz)
There are now seven books featuring the first-person narrator of this book, and I would give any of them five stars. I read them straight through, then did something I haven't done in decades: I immediately started reading the books again. The characters are so vivid, and their relationships so compelling, that I just could not let go of them. Even on second reading, I am hooked to the point that I give the books all of my free time. Hobb tells the story with great skill and delicacy, focusing on unusual relationships. In the Farseer trilogy, of which this is the first, she creates an intense bond that leaves the reader rooting for the evolving relationship of a young man and a wolf. (This is the perfect series for anyone who love animals.) The Tawny Man trilogy, which picks up the story 15 years later, repeatedly choked me up with its portrayal of bonds beyond friendship. There is a romantic interest in the books too, but it is secondary to other forms of love and loyalty. There is plenty of action and certainly much originality in the plot, but it's the relationships that make the story, for me. Hobb has made me care very deeply for these characters, and I recommend this trilogy and the four (eventually to be six) following books unreservedly.
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crowyhead, November 9, 2011 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This was a good straight-up fantasy novel. The characters were fascinating and it kept me turning the pages. There is nothing particularly special about it, except the fact that it's consistently engrossing and a lot of fun, which is pretty special already. In addition to being a good read for adults, this would also be great for teens who are fans of Tamora Pierce -- there's a lot of her easy worldbuilding sensibility here. The characters are in a lot of ways darker and more complex, but I think Pierce's fans would find a lot here to like.
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heymaggie503, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by heymaggie503)
Well thought out and unique plot. The characters are real and the plots of intrigue make it a good read regardless of whether you like fantasy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553573398
Subtitle:
Farseer
Author:
Hobb, Robin
Publisher:
Spectra
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Assassins
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Farseer
Publication Date:
19960301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.36x3.96x1.01 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Spectra - English 9780553573398 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Assassin's Apprentice is a great, enjoyable reads. Assassins, intrigue, magic, and an interesting world — what's not to love? Usually I don't like coming-of-age stories, but this one is very well done and steers clear of many of the traps that fantasy stories fall into. I would recommend it to any fantasy fan.

"Review" by , "A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies...a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne."
"Review" by , "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."
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