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)
Yes, the story is engaging and has many suble story points that I feel that I would enjoy making sure that I did not miss anything
The relationship between Fitz and his uncle developing was moving to me but it was very subtle although it was apparent that it was going to be a key element in the story
I'm a newish fan of Patrick Rothfuss. I've listened to the books twice and am impatiently waiting for the next one. I was not looking for a new author but this was a GREAT find! SO, if you like Patrick Rothfuss or Brent Weeks you will probably LOVE Robin Hobb, as I do.
Narrator is perfect and after having Scott Brick run me off from some of my favorite authors I am a bit picky about narrators. This is a highly recommendable combo. I hope this narrator is here for the duration. I am looking forward to the rest of this series and would hate to have it ruined :)
This book spends most of the time having a pity part for the "bastard" boy. There is some decent character development and some interesting intrigue. You get some hints that the protagonist is more powerful than he is aware.
I'm hopeful that this book will pick up the pace a bit in the next installment. The stage is set.
There are other books I would advise them to read first, however I am starved for finding a decent fantasy series and anything is better than the last two duds I tried "Name of the wind" and "Sheep farmer's daughter" which are quite possible two of the worst books I ever suffered through.
I have not. The performance and reading were quite excellent. Nothing can sink an audio book faster than a bad narrator and Paul did a great job here.
I would rather see the word and void trilogy or possibly a Dark Tower HBO series.
Its not an Epic setting, or grand scale like game of thrones or lord of the rings but here thats a good thing. It helps focus on the main charecters and build them. Still theres a lot of intrigue and twists and turn. Overall a great book
Geeky painter girl who loves all things Whedonverse. Audio book addict. :D
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters were very interesting and engaging, and the narrator really brought everyone to life. Very cool accent as well. :D
The character depth and development was very interesting. In many ways, it's the life story of the main character (up to around age 14-16 or so); there's not necessarily a specific plot, but as the main character grows, he shapes and is shaped by the world around him in unexpected ways. Creative storytelling that keeps you guessing!
He has a rich voice with a really fantastic accent. He gives each character their own individual voice and vocal pacing so you always know which character is speaking. Brings a lot of depth to the listening experience.
Fitz's relationship with his two hounds, first Nosy, then Smithy. I didn't realize I was such a sucker for "a boy and his dog" stories. There is so much else going on in the book, but I really was touched by the descriptions of his interactions with the dogs, as well as other animals to a lesser degree.
Yes, I loved this story, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series
I thought the reader did a good job of subtly distinguishing between the voices of different characters, but every once in a while he would put the wrong emphasis in a sentence or use a strange rhythm to say a sentence, and I found this distracting.
For those of you looking for lots of action or a concise storyline--this book may not be for you. The story moves kind of slow, and the story arc is not very clear. It is, however, a wonderful telling of the life of this very interesting boy.
This series was recommended to me after I finished the last Game of Thrones offering. This is a good first book of a series. The character development is well paced and keeps you interested. Full of unpredictable moments. Looking forward to book two.
Its a bit like the Hunger Games trilogy and has some Harry Potter type magic but not quite as engrossing as either of these series.
A little slow to start but is an introduction to the characters in the next two books which have more action and are a must follow-on...
I love epic fantasy series. You can get so involved in the story and the characters for so long; the best form of entertainment I can think of/ the best way to pass time. The problem is, a lot of them are not really well written. I couldn't get through more than the first two books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Everything seemed so cliche and predictable, the characters were fun but seemed naive.
This is the first I have read from Hobb's series, but I am certain it will be far better. At times the suspense had me at the edge of my seat. The characters and their trials seem real. The narration is excellent.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Good book, it takes a while to get going.Some stuff is left open,so I have to start the second book.The Farseer was not explained the book goes into the skill and that is understood their could be more killings by Fits,but overall good book!!!
An excellent read. As with the Rainwild Chronicles, the Farseer Trilogy builds on an amazing world. Paul's wonderful voice leads your through the twists and turns of court life, and brewing trouble.
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