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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice | [Robin Hobb]

The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

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.
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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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    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-11
    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2014

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Wow great start!"
    If you could sum up The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    Really promising series


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different magics and mood. Nothing like the Robin Hobbs other series.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Fitz


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Enter a world of new magics and unexpected secrets.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to every book in this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 12-24-11
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A little bit slow"

    I found this book a little bit slow. Every time I thought it was getting good it would fall short of my expectations.It was a decent story, but too much time was spent explaining everything.

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    Paul 11-10-11
    Paul 11-10-11 Member Since 2014

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "2nd Half Winner"

    I think the writing style of this book is over-narrated. The writer tells way too much of the story in narration instead of just allowing the story to tell itself. Maybe it would have added a few extra chapters, but there were many times that I felt the narration should just get out of the way and let the story flow.

    The first half of the book follows a fairly predictable plot if you've read more than five fantasy novels. But, much to my enjoyment, the writer really hit his stride in the second half of the book and sprinkled in several surprises as well as a good dose of action as well. The first half was "okay", but only the second half convinced me to read the next book.

    I have listened to several other books narrated by Paul Boehmer and this is probably my least favorite of his simply due to the accent. It's not irritating, just overdone enough to take focus away from the story. Also, his style tends to be a little boring for my taste and the long sections without any really engaging action made me zone out while listening sometimes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonetta Fredericksburg, VA, United States 11-05-11
    Jonetta Fredericksburg, VA, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story"
    Where does The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If not for the narrator, I would have given this book 5 stars. The story was very good. One of my favorite fantasy novels I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Boy, the main character. Early on I began to route for him. The author does an excellent job of making you relate and feel everything he is going through. All though I must admit I quickly found myself a fan of Burrich and went on all of the emotional rollercoaster rides the author puts you through with him.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance of this book was VERY weak for me. I almost turned it off early on as the audio was so bad. It would go from loud to extremely quiet, to where you could hardly hear. That proves how good the book was, because I was involved in the story and decided to press on. Eventually I got used to the shoddy audio, and found myself lost in the story. The narrator does not do a good job at changing his voice, and several characters sounded the same. Often I wasn't sure at first who was saying what.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to audio books in my car, and of course this one would be too long to listen to in one sitting. But I do admit that I couldn't wait to get back in my car so I could jump back in to the story!


    Any additional comments?

    Give this one a chance, despite the poor narration. You will eventually get used to it most likely. This story was very engaging and having just ended it a couple of days ago, I realize that I am disappointed knowing it has come to an end. I enjoyed spending time with these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Celena Houston, TX, United States 10-06-11
    Celena Houston, TX, United States 10-06-11
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    "Great Story! Poor Performance..."
    What did you like best about The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice? What did you like least?

    I have always loved The Farseer Trilogy, and have read it repeatedly in paperback form. When I found out that it was available in audiobook format, I immediately downloaded it for use on long roadtrips. The story is as good as ever, and I will probably listen to it many more times, but I cannot say that I cared at all for the performance given in this reading.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    I don't know who I would have chosen instead to read this story, but I do know that the performer should be able to tell the story without odd pauses and mispronunciations that make it sound like he is reading the story aloud without the benifit of a pre-reading.This story is told from a first person perspective, and as such I believe that the performer (I hesitate to use the word


    Any additional comments?

    As I said before, I love The Farseer Trilogy. I have every intention of listening to the whole series. I would prefer a different performer, but as there are no other options, I will simply have to deal with it. I thouroughly enjoyed having this story available to me even though I didn't have time to sit down and read it.Robin Hobb is an amazing author. This book, and the rest in this series, are among my very favorite books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn New York, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-16-11
    Glenn New York, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-16-11

    Where ever I am that's where I'll be.

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    "Entry book to brilliance"

    If you have not read Robin Hobb then listen to her tales.
    This is not a mere fantasy tale this is an epic told through the eyes of the catalyst Fitz from boy hood to man hood in the service of his king.
    This is the first of 3 books, Assassins Apprentice book 1 introduces our hero as he is thrust into a life of the royal court as the royal bastard of the prince who shall be king, be prepared if you love this book with each book the tale only gets better.
    Robin Hobb tells the story with a wonderful subtlety that doesn't hit you over the head with sword and sorcery but explores it through the fragility and humanity of her characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 01-13-11
    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 01-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    I'm a little embarrassed about how much I love Robin Hobb's books. They are so much fun! Adventure, romance, pirates, dragons, and lots of imagination. What more could you ask for. I wish Audible would get the Tawney Man series. Paul Boehmer is an excellent narrator -- much easier to listen to than Ann Flosnik (who does the Magic Ship and Rainwilds trilogies).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S, West Jordan, UT, United States 09-20-10
    S, West Jordan, UT, United States 09-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Different"

    I always reserve a 5 star for fantasies such as A Song of Ice and Fire and most of the book in Wheel of Time. This was enjoyable and very different, I was hoping for something a bit more gritty and fantastic. I was tempted to move my rating up from a 3 to a 4 because I was happy that the author did something different, it wasn't the same old elemental magic, or sorcery (like Sword of Truth) The Author didn't pull Ideas out of his backside at the last minute(like Sword of Truth), but I felt robbed by the ending, and the narration was mediocre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 08-25-10
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 08-25-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Ultra cool beanies :)"

    At first the narrator was a tad too much (a la Michael York). Between the writing and the reading... an air of pompousness arose. LOL. For whatever reason, I stayed a tad skeptical while striving to see if THE STORY was going to be to my liking. THEN, I began to wonder if this was going to become a soap opera sort of deal (a LOT of nastiness to make it "seem" like the writer understands people). Again: LOL. Not really. The soapy things actually SUPPORT the storyline. Go figure :) I agree with another reviewer: this is a fantasy story that has depths of realness to it (on many levels). Very interesting hints and teasings as to what the REAL story will tell (by the end of it all). Very cool beanies. I'm glad I stayed the course :) Now, ONTO BOOK II: the heroic myth continues.....(and btw, the narrator fits PERFECTLY). hehehe.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Furlan Seattle, WA United States 08-27-10
    Joseph Furlan Seattle, WA United States 08-27-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Wanted to love it but...."

    The writing is ok. The plot is ok. The characters are ok. It's just all around ok. Perhaps better for people looking for a young adult fiction without too much violence or complicated plotting. It's just no where near something like King's Dark Tower series or A Game Of Thrones. Oh well... I may just be old and jaded when it comes to fantasy stuff. It's really hard to find something new that I love.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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