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The farseer trilogy is magnificent!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy - Book 1): 1/3 (Paperback)
When you read fantasy there is always this little voice in your head telling you that the young shy hero will do the right thing eventually and all will work out for the best. Halfway through assassin's apprentice this voice is effectively silenced! Just like in real life things do go seriously wrong and are sometimes damaged beyond repair, despite the best intentions of the main characters. The kingdom is being torn to shreds by magic, raids by foreign raiders, intrique and petty rivalries. The only member of the royal family competent enough to deal with the troubles abdicates over a scandal and vanishes. His bastard son, Fitz, is left to grow up in a mostly hostile court. He struggles to master his magical abilities, learns the secrets of assasination in an attempt to be loyal to his king and tries to survive the lethal tangles of court intrigue. Robin Hobb has created a stunning fantasy story that, while retaining all the classic elements of good fantasy (dragons, magic, wizards) nevertheless tastes of reality because of it's unpredictability and it's deep-felt tragedies. If you are still well into reading "young shy hero grows up to be the brilliant king that saves the world" stories, this book is not for you. If you are ready for something far deeper and infinitely more gripping; it's only one click away! Enjoy!
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2009 14:48:28 GMT
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2010 18:16:53 GMT
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Amazon Customer says:
"It's like frittering one's life away in escapist day dreams".
Surely this is the entire point of reading books - particularly fantasy - for pleasure?
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