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  • Assassin’s Apprentice is an epic fantasy novel. It’s set in a world of kings, princes, allies and assassins. It’s an epic tale – rich on historical world-building. This book absorbed from start to finish. It wasn’t a quick read. It was a slow burner that had me wanting to read into the wee hours because I was just so engrossed. I liked that it was sumptuous in the detail. This book felt like a fantasy rite of passage. Robin Hobb is obviously a huge name in my favourite genre and yet I had never read anything by her. I’m so glad I came across this book in the public library. Fitz is the illegitimate son of Prince Chivalry Farseer. His earliest memory is of being dumped by his maternal grandfather at the feet of Burrich - his father’s loyal servant. Fitz grows up in the stables where Burrich tends to the horses, dogs and hawks. He grows up an outsider – always being viewed as “the bastard” child. He feels acute loneliness and yet great loyalty to the King and his uncle Prince Verity. There comes a time when he charged to learn magic known as the Skill. It is a dangerous pursuit under the instruction of a vile and cruel teacher. It tests him to the limit and it could break him. But without the Skill, the kingdom of the Six Duchies may fall to the evil Red Raiders and their mysterious soul-stealing. The novel is told from Fitz’s point of view. At the beginning of each chapter there is an excerpt from the history of the Farseer and their kingdom of the Six Duchies. It’s the story of Fitz’s many roles in Buckkeep. He assists Burrich with the animals. He spends time training with weapons. He, as the title suggests, becomes the assassin’s apprentice. Not something a person might want to be but is driven to out of loyalty. It is a book about fate – sometimes our name dictates our nature, sometimes our circumstances. Sometimes it is merely that we are a pawn in other peoples’ games. The characterisation is excellent. You feel every single breath Fitz takes but you also come to love Burrick, admire Verity and fear Galen. It is quite something the way this book is written. It really haunted me when I wasn’t reading it. I kept wondering about what would happen next. I loved that the author didn’t take the easy route. Characters are maimed, killed and utterly tormented. It made reading this book surprising, full of anticipation and an absolute nail-biting pleasure. If you haven’t read anything by robin Hobb, then begin with the Assassin’s Apprentice. You will not be disappointed. It was incredible!

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  • Stunning

    With this book Hobb captures the spirit of a young boy, unlike other authors who have simply adults in the body of a child. I can say this because I am a child myself, and I devoured this read, even though it is undoubtedly for adults. An amazing, utterly brilliant, philosophical read, written with the style of a true master.

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  • Good

    Good book. Starting the next

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  • Excellent

    I just started really reading fantasy books about a year ago so I do not consider myself an expert by any means but this book was excellent. While it is a fantasy novel, it is, more than anything, an eloquent study of loneliness. Fitz is heartbreakingly lonely and taken advantage of by everyone around him and still tries to be the best that he knows how to be. The book flew by - Robin Hobb writes in such a way as you can read a two page description of a room and not feel bored. The bulk of reviews complain of "nothing happening" and to me, that was part of its charm. I don't want 30 pages of description of a battle, but I will take 30 pages of character development and relationship development any day. Robin Hobb does this well.

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  • Pleasant surprise

    This book really surprised me! Although the cover didn't really speak to me, this book and series will be amongst my favorites now thanks to the great writing and interesting characters.

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