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
“Intriguing, controlled, and remarkably assured...at once satisfyingly self-contained yet leaving plenty of scope for future extensions and embellishments.” (Kirkus)
Robin Hobb has created a complex world that integrates everything one hopes for in a fantasy novel: strong characters and story full of depth and believability despite the elements of impossibility. I have both read and listened to this series. Each experience has left me thankful for having done so.
The narration is outstanding!!! I can not emphasize the importance of this fact. Boehmer flavors each character and the story as a whole into something unique. One of the sad facts of the audio genre is that a bad narration can destroy a good book. The best narrators become one with the stories themselves, so much so that one can't conceive the part having been done without the other.
Overall it was an interesting story. Good characters that make you care about them, which is a major factor. Not particularly fast paced, but it moves along fast enough to keep you interested. I would rate this as a "pleasant" book, if not particularly memorable. The narrator has a very well cultured voice, which is a good fit for the story.
This medieval series has a great narrator in Paul Boehmer. He captures the different nuances of the voices he uses so well that you have a great mental picture of the characters. Story is strong with lots of action spread throughout the story and with the type of flawed characters that make it so interesting. You are rooting for Fitz to succeed even though his missions are to poison select figures who have been determined to threaten the kingdom of the six Duchies. Good start.
I liked the way the book started - the story and the reader had a steady pace, very well matched. By the middle of the book I became attached to the characters. I downloaded the next two books before I finished because I didn't want to have any break between books. By the end of the book, I was hooked by the whole world created by the writer. I shared it with my husband, and he was hooked too. This book actually made me feel the story - very few books can do that. I could feel the story with the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, and now with this series. I am glad I downloaded this book - great story, great characters. This book lives in my imagination. I am very glad I found this series.
This was one I almost abandoned a few chapters into the book. I stuck with it and found it very entertaining kept my attention. After finishing the first I thought back as to why I had struggled getting into the book.
I believe the narration was part of the issue. The narrator's pace, and pitch is much different than most of the books I have listened to lately. It may have to do with the first person perspective, but I come back to the rhythm of the read. Listen to the narrator first in the sample but do not let that deter you the book is worthy and I am purchasing the rest of the series.
I just loved this audible. I don't know when I've listened to a more engaging reader. I see that he reads Brent Weeks trilogy, and would have snapped that up, had I not read that wonderful trilogy in book form.. Paul Boehmer would be the perfect reader for that book.
I love fantasy books, and have read many. I would highly recommend this fresh,new twist on the fantasy reads. You won't be disappointed,
I really enjoyed this book. But I have to say that it shouldn't be compared with Robert Jordan. It was entertaining and I found I was really interested in the characters and the story line. If your looking for RJ quality of work, I believe this falls short. It is still worth a listen. I think the narrator did a great job.
I am not usually a science fiction fan because I always seem to lose the trail of crumbs to follow the author lays down for me, but this book surprised me! I found it easy to keep up with whose who and still picture the world Ms. Hobb's created. Well write and well read, and just a little sad. I cried a couple of times and expect to cry during the second book. I am an avid animal lover and love the added connection to dogs in this book of coarse they are the same reason I cried! I can't begin to tell anyone else wether or not they will like this book, but I sure did.
Not impressed with the narrator (it is
Lies of Locke Lamore. Mistborn.
The last hour.
A slow start, but well worth the wait.
It was an ok listen, good for my work commute. The plot was good and had some depth that could be explored. The narrator was unique, with what I took for a rather thick historic English accent that took a little while to get used to. The character development of the main character was adequate, but the supporting characters lacked depth. Further developing these characters would have dramatically improved the overall read and story.
I probably would not. It was an average read, but there are so many really good audible books out there that this one probably wouldn't make my
He differentiated them, but as mentioned before they generally lacked depth that could have been provided with a little more background or exploration of the characters.
It does - the end of book one left many unanswered story threads.
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