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  • 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)
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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.'
The Times

‘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

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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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The first book of a wild ride and my personal favourite book series. I bought this as a gift to try and convince a friend to enter the world of the Farseers; I cannot recommend this series enough. With all the extended world novels you can read all of them and have a full understanding of the rich world or stick within certain characters books and they're just as readable.

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!
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Excellent fantasy fiction with a brilliant central character. Fitz, the bastard son of the crown prince, chivalry, of the 6 duchies.
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
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Robin Hobb is my all time favourite author. I have read and read all the Farseer books, and will do again I'm sure. Would recommend to any one who enjoys a good fantasy book...
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I am baffled that this has received the same positive response at the first two books in the series.

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.
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Fairly standard, well done fare for fantasy. Not a lot of highs or lows but steadily good all the way through. Worth reading.
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Every time I read this book, and I have read it a number of times, I am impressed with the character writing and the readability of these books. The detail is amazing. Brilliant!!
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Once in a while you pick up a book and just cannot put it down. This does it for me. Love the main characters. Story line is interesting. Still reading this and I have no idea what the conclusion is going! No - I refuse the jump to the last chapter!
Thank you Mr Hobb.
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Fantastic book, can't recommend it enough.
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