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Assassin's Apprentice

Assassin's Apprentice

Book rating: 05 Paperback Farseer (Paperback)

By (author) Robin Hobb

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  • Publisher: Bantam USA
  • Format: Paperback | 435 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 173mm x 25mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 055357339X
  • ISBN 13: 9780553573398
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 2,643

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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 as 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. Praise for Robin Hobb and "Assassin's Apprentice" "Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb's books are diamonds in a sea of zircons."--George R. R. Martin "A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies . . . a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne."--"Publishers Weekly" "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

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Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, the Soldier Son Trilogy, and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She is a native of Washington State.

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By Victoria Brown 15 Oct 2012 5

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb is only the beginning....
Robin's style of writing, character building and scene setting really captures your imagination and takes you on a beautiful journey.
You'll fall in love with characters, hate them, cry with them and you will not be able to put the book down.
It's written in first person, so you really feel you're being told the story and the main hero/character, Fitz, is insightful, humorous and will reward you with a great tale of his journey and life.
And don't stop here, not only continue reading Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest, the rest of the Farseer Trilogy - but continue enjoying Hobb's stories with The Tawny Man trilogy, Liveship Traders trilogy, Rain Wild Chronicles and The Soldier Son trilogy.
Absolutely loved it. Thank you Robin.

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Praise for Robin Hobb and "Assassin's Apprentice" "Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb's books are diamonds in a sea of zircons."--George R. R. Martin "A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies . . . a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne."--"Publishers Weekly" "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

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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 sectetly 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.