- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; 20th Anniversary Slipcase edition edition (22 Oct. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008115451
- ISBN-13: 978-0008115456
- Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 31.9 x 17.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (883 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) Hardcover – Special Edition, 22 Oct 2015
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'Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers … what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.'
‘In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons’
George R.R. Martin
‘Hobb is superb’ Conn Iggulden
‘Hobb is a remarkable storyteller’ Guardian
‘This is a historical novel with a sly touch of magic. The first in the Farseer trilogy, this book will get new readers hooked on a series that recalls HBO’s Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings’ Telegraph
From the Inside Flap
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Truly I cannot recommend this series enough- this year has seen the final book published in a cycle of somewhere around 15 novels, so now is the perfect time to start safe in the knowledge that you can binge all the way through. Having been with this series for something like 10 years words can't fully explain how much I love these books; Hobb's writing is so skillful, her characters so honest and complex, that each feels like a full, real person- Fitz is a wonderfully flawed, real character who you ultimately cannot help but love. If you are on the fence about buying this, get off it and start reading!
We follow his life from the age of around 6 when he is dumped by his peasant grandfather on to the hands of his uncle 'verity'.
Fitz is put into the charge of the kings stable master and is raised as a castle brat, wild and without much love.
He eventually comes to the attention of his grandfather 'shrewd' the King. And is given over to the master assassin to apprentice.
What follows is a tight and twisty story of intrigue and adventure.
Overall it's a rich world with some excellent charectors and a great threat in prince 'regal' and the out islander red ship raiders
While the first two were inspired, gave a convincing description of Hobb's fantasy world and unveiled political machinations as interesting as Game of Thrones, I wondered, like Bungo, whether it was written by the same person. It is rambling, unsatisfying, and descends to a pointless ending. Seriously, I am being generous to give it 2 stars.
Thank you Mr Hobb.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow what a great story, Fitz reminded me at times of Kvothe of the Kingkiller chronicles, very intelligent when dealing with a tough situation, in fact I found that the book as a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Appleton
The best fantasy story ever. The farseer trilogy, then the tawny man trilogy and then the fitz and the fool trilogy are all linked and a delight. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Blakely
The amazing start to a fantastic series. It follows the main character from age 6 to young adulthood, so it takes its time setting up, but this book is full of wonderful writing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Douglas