The first volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally best-selling Farseer series.
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma. Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely.
Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribbing, courtly manners, and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
“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)
Good. But, not my thing. I don't know why but I struggled with this. It is a great story, and I am sure others will love it.
It rates right up at the top. It has become a favourite.
Apart from the main character Fitz I think Chade is my favourite because he is the one that needs the most unraveling. He is the Master Assassin the one character who has the most to unravel,.
I enjoy this performance. The reading is very crisp and clear. I hate it when it is time to stop. Paul Boehmer really does bring the characters alive and takes you right into the story.
The moment when Fitz stabs King Shrewd's knife into Chade's hearth Defiantly.
Like I said this book has become a firm favourite, I've read it over and over. I love the court intrigue. The fast pace as the story unfolds.
Good story, you care about the character
I did like the story overall, I liked and cared about the character and liked that he wasn't perfect and made mistakes on occasion. While its all very well to find out you're actually a prince (you find this out in the first paragraph, so its not a spoiler) its another to find that being a prince, and especially a bastard prince, is not all its cracked up to be. Everyone wants to use the hero for something, or dislikes him for reasons that have nothing to do with his own actions.
The narrator's accent on some words jerked me out of the story on occasion. It's also written in the first person, which I don't usually like but as there is a lot of head stuff (both emotional, and magical/mind powers) happening I can see why it was chosen. The style is a bit dated, I think these days it would be edited so it was a tighter story and moved along a little quicker. As it is there are some slow parts that don't need to be slow and just drag the story.
The most amazing story.
All of it.
Sometimes I did not like the voices he put to some of the characters, but the story took over.
Yes it is a great book and one i will listen to ove and over again. It is a masterpiece of fantasy writing.
The killing of Smithy and the fight with the forged-lings .
He has a great command of his voice and portrays the story in interesting and detailed fashion.
same as mentioned above....
A great book, unbelievably good.
One of my favorite hard copy books and authors. I enjoy being able to listen to the story again while I work.
Fitz. I like following the development old this character throughout the book.
Pace of reading.
No! I like to spin it out. Sometimes listen at night, but go to sleep and miss bits so have to go back and listen again.
Some times the change of voices for different characters gets annoying.
"Great book but the narrator is all wrong!"
I really love this book and the series. I was thrilled to see that an audio book was available. But I am disappointed because the narrator's voice is all wrong. Why on earth is the narrator an American doing an English accent? Surely just use an English narrator or an American accent instead? It's really starting to grate on me now and I'm only an hour in.
"A good trilogy but..."
I enjoyed the story very much and so had to listen to the other two books in the series. However, this was certainly in spite of rather than because of the narrator. I bought this book without listening to the sample audio and in some ways I wish I hadn't as it meant that I then spent around 84hrs listening to a very unconvincing English accent! As I say, after hearing the first book, I had to find out how the trilogy finished as I was engrossed in the story and characters but if the writing wasn't so good I definitely wouldn't have persevered with the narrator.
If an English accent is required for the whole of a book, please let it be read by some English, not an American doing a bad impression, putting stress on the wrong syllables in words, it is very off-putting.
But ff you don't mind the accent then I highly recommend this and the other two books in the series.
"great book - bad british accent"
Love the book and have read it numerous times, but the narrator's British accent really grates on the ears - more like Dick Van Dyke from Mary Poppins than Renee Zellweiger's excellent british accent in Bridget Jones. Definitely recommend try before you buy this one, as I am sure some people will not notice anything wrong and will enjoy this book and narrator thoroughly.
Having been a member for over a year now, I was very disappointed and I have been unable to listen to this book - having tried for over 30 minutes unsuccessfully. However, I have learned a valuable lesson - listen to the sample and don't trust that every narrator will be to your/one's taste.
"Both reader and author make this a long slog."
The reader reads this the way I ate my vegetables when I was a child. With grim determination and very, very slowly. He delivers every line with a ponderous weight to it that makes it feel like the end of a scene or the end of a chapter. Its very disconcerting. I must say it’s a bit of a grim experience listening to fourteen hours of it.
The story itself suffers from fantasy sickness. Never tell a story in 8 hours if you can make it stretch to 14. At one point the author makes his main character say ‘the ride to xxxx was tedious and long’ then spends the next forty mins of the talking book describing the ride!
On the other hand there is good stuff in there and I’v bought the second book to see if I can hold on and get to the third and hopefully a resolution.
"When was this recorded?"
I eventually got used to the voice but the quality of the recording I thought was poor. Overall I enjoyed it but a different narrator and better quality recording would have made the experience a whole lot better
This is the classic start to a series, and starts well. Think Magician by Raymond E. Feist but with an assassin instead of Magic..
The assassin part of the book is secondary to the development of the character and his story. This is good because you get a sense of a more complex future, with the characters influence growing, and thus increased potential.
The enemies of the lead are very visible and the plot is not complex, but this is forgiveable as you definitely get a sense of more to come, and the story remains very enjoyable up to and including the conclusion. The conclusion reminds me of The Innocent Mage (Karen Miller), with the same sense of duty and great strain involved with magic.
I have not yet got the next book in the series, which tells me its not fantastic, but its saved to my wish list, and I will come to the next book soon I'm sure to see if he delivers on the great set-up and potential this book delivered.
I have listened to the whole trilogy and urge you to buy this now!
I started to use Audiobooks to keep me company when I was jogging or for other sport training, but for this one I got a real addiction! I couldn't stop listening even when the sport was over, and I hardly could sleep before finishing it...yes, I think I will listen to it at least once more, even if I was so concentrated that I nearly learned it by heart...but surely not before having completed the trilogy!
All of it, really, but maybe the part I liked the best was the cruel training to learn the Skill.
Probably the end, when Fitz and Verity drained the horrible Skill master and killed him. I was like "well done! He had what he deserved, B***!"
When I thought the stable master had killed Nosy I was furious and I think I shed a couple of tears. Well, I love animals.
I am actually buying one by one all the Robin hobb books First the trilogy, Then all the rest..
considering i read this booko well over 10 years ago i would say that i enjoyed the audio better
burrich is my favorite character as an animal lover myself i can certainly see where he comes from a lot of the time
i havent listened to any of paul boehmers performances before but i certainly enjoyed this one
it was all a brilliant book no one particular part standing out for me
"Great story but narrator's pronunciation annoys"
This is a great story and I'll definitely listen to the remainder of the trilogy
His pronunciation is really annoying. As an example when talking about the dogs he pronounces "terrier" as "tair rear". This is one of many mispronunciations throughout the entire narration. This detracted from the story and took some getting used to.
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