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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice Audiobook

The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

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Publisher's Summary

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change. Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal household by his father's gruff stableman. An outcast whose existence has forced his father to abdicate his claim on the throne, Fitz is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in the young man's blood is a heritage of magic, the talent called the Skill, as well as another, even more mysterious ability.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts and leave behind the zombie-like husks of the townspeople to prowl the countryside, Fitz is growing toward manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission, a mission that poses as much a threat to himself as it does for his target---for Fitz is a threat to the throne...but he may also be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Intriguing, controlled, and remarkably assured...at once satisfyingly self-contained yet leaving plenty of scope for future extensions and embellishments.” (Kirkus)

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    Francesca Scopelliti 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, narration could've been better"

    If Hobbs writing wasn't so detailed and eloquent in her descriptions of the politics for the throne. I probably would have given up on this book because of the performance of the narrator. He wasn't bad, but characters seemed very flat.

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    Drake 07-07-15
    Drake 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun if a bit dark"

    Fun book if a bit dark. Starts off with standard kid has powers but does a nice twist to keep him from using them much during the book.

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    Deborah Ann Arbor, MI, United States 06-16-15
    Deborah Ann Arbor, MI, United States 06-16-15 Member Since 2004

    I'm a Teen Services librarian at a Public Library. I love fantasy, history, realistic fiction, memoirs, sci-fi, and YA fiction/fantasy.

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    "Excellent world building and fascinating characters"

    Though I love the writing of this author I question some of the plot devices. The evil Regal gets off with few consequences and though Galans's treatment of Fitz is truly savage I cannot understand how so many good, intelligent people allow him to get away with his savagery to his students especially his attempts to kill Fitz. Fitz who is my favorite character by far allows too much of his depredations to go unquestioned. After so much mistreatment I would expect him to be more savvy or at least more wary. Why doesn't Burbage, a decent intelligent man do more to support Fitz? I'm hoping the next book actually addresses these issues and strengthens the protagonist and allows for stronger friendships between him and other integral characters.

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    Alene L. Wesner Kansas City, MO United States 06-09-15
    Alene L. Wesner Kansas City, MO United States 06-09-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Outstanding story from Robin Hobb & Paul Boehmer!"

    Once again Robin Hobb is taking me on a Farseer adventure. And also once again, I cannot wait to "read" (or rather listen to) the next book in the series. Many kudos also to the narrator, Paul Boehmer! Outstanding, indeed!!!

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    Maland 05-29-15
    Maland 05-29-15
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    "Excellent book"

    The book is has a couple slow spots but it is definitely worth the listen. Well written, good character development.

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    nathan barrett 05-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very similar to kingkiller chronicles"

    Orphaned boy learning to master mysterious powers. Narrator is one of my preferred ones to listen. No profanity which is also nice.

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    Amazon Customer 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Robin Hobb is superb."

    Hobb's work is synonymous with fantasy at its best. In-depth characters trek through a believable world living through imaginative plots to arrive at creative endings. Great reading for all ages and a terrific introduction to those considering reading fantasy.

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    Melinda M ALVIN, TX, US 04-22-15
    Melinda M ALVIN, TX, US 04-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "well done!"

    easy to listen to and well written. getting the next book now and really looking forward to it!

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    Amy newport, WA, United States 04-08-15
    Amy newport, WA, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2011

    Reading is my passion...but life as a working single mom, listening to books better fits my busy schedule! LOVE Audible!

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    "NEW FAN!!"

    If you are looking for a new series full of adventure, interesting characters, and twists and turns - pick this book! If the length seems daunting, don't let that stop you. That time flies by and I couldn't wait to get the next book. I just completed book 3 and after every book, I have been more and more impressed! I am definitely a Farseer Fan now!

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    Randall Scott 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best."

    I love this series incredibly . Robin Hobb knows how to tell an amazing story.

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