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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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    "great first book of an excellent series"

    great first book of an excellent series. I was given the first two books of Fitz and the fool and now I'm starting at the first of the whole journey.

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    pisces2libras 10-08-15
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    I love fantasy and I am so glad that I stumbled onto this series! I am not sure why this story has captured me so completely, for the characters are predictable (good are good and bad are bad) but the plot is interesting and the pacing is done masterfully.

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    Debra 09-07-15
    Debra 09-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining"

    Hours of suspense this thrilling adventure kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to complete the series.

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    Brandon Rodd 08-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating story."

    My first Robin Hobb book, I am hooked I think. Not my first Paul Boehmer reading, and it won't be the last.

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    "Fantasy thriller"
    Would you try another book from Robin Hobb and/or Paul Boehmer?

    yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    good ending


    Could you see The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no, the book's always better


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, a little predictable, in parts disappointing and a little long. However I do recommend it because it does have twists and turns that make it enjoyable and make you want to listen to the story.

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    "Was decent. I wish it had a different narrator."

    I wish it had a different narrator. This guy's voice just kind of threw me off. The story line was alright

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    "Great beginning to a series"

    Enjoyed it. Good characters and story and narrator. Will be getting more books of this series.

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    "well told story but slow"

    The story was well written, descripted, and flowed like a poem but some parts were slow and uninteresting to me. Characters were ok. The reader was very good.

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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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