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)
I listened to the entire trilogy, and was met with dissapointment at the end of each book. The story was interesting enough to pull me in, but overall, the main character just made it a doozy. This series had all the makings of a really fantastic story, but I felt like the main character was just victimizing himself the entire time. With each new book, the plot would thicken and I would think "well maybe in this book he'll mature, or his character will grow," but it never happend. The end of the third book ended so abruptly, I felt like the author just got bored with the story and gave up. With how detailed the entire series was, I was expecting a more fantastic ending, but the character, his general attitude throughout the entire series, and how his life turned out was just super depressing. It had all the makings of an exciting main character (so much promise!), but I was just so disatissfied with the main character, that it ruined the whole series for me. :(
It did not. I read the entire series hoping that it would get better with each book. This never happened, and now I am unfortunately turned off from reading other Robin Hobb books.
Ok....I have to admit, I laughed often through the first few chapters and it took me a while to get used to his voice. He has such a dramatic british accent, and the writing was so detailed, that I couldn't help but narrate everything in my own life in a dramatic british accent for weeks. "As she slowly turned on the stove to fry her eggs, she could not help but notice the varnish on the cast iron was turning a most distuuuurbing rusty brown!!" After I got over the childish hilarity of how he pronouced his vowels, I thought he did a very good job of making the characters distiguishable.
If the main character wasn't such a flop, and the women characters were more badass, this book would have been really good.
It is neither better, or worse.
Like most good reads like _Harry_Potter_ and _The_Name_of_the_Wind they start off dreadful, but if you give it a chance it becomes a real thriller.
Yes, but not its main character's voice.
The Life of a True Assassin.
Glad I gave this series a chance. I'm a big fan of violent action. Like Joe Abercrombie. But this series has very little, but I fell in love with the characters and wanted to see what happens next. Excellent story telling with a competent narrator.
I guess it would depend on the friend and what they liked.
I had so many and don't want to give anything away.
I love the way he did all the different voices; everything was extremely well enunciated and spaced. Wonderful narrator! I wish all my books were narrated by him.
Yes, but sometimes it's nicer to make it last longer, the pleasure of exploring a story, not rushing to the end and being so bereft that it's over. Especially if you don't have another credit yet! Plus you want to share it with others, just like anything wonderful.
This is my first experience with Robin Hobb, but rest assured, I'm going to get my hands, or ears on everything she writes!
It turned out to be an ok listen in the end. At first I was a little afraid that it wouldn't get better, but I did enjoy the book. I bought them all at once so I'm glad that it turned out to be a good if predictable story.
I enjoy fantasy books, especially epic fantasy. I love to lose my myself in the pages and imagine the characters!
Absolutely, however I think I'll put the farseer trilogy down.
Fits doesn't seem to be enough of his own man, he has some kind of hidden power that he learns when he was just a young boy and hen never uses agian! Not enough story movement I suppose and I think the book was a bit short for my taste as well
Paul boehmer brought a range a characters to life with his voice! Definetly a strong Narrating talent and probably the reason I chose to finish the story!
This book makes me want to re read the way of kings actully. The assasin there was so much stronger
Don't let m review stop you from atleast trying this book I do think it is very good it is just not my type.
Paul Boehmer did a fantastic job on the books. His superior performance was up to the high level of the story.
The Farseer story is one of my favorite fantasy series. I love the characters and the way the story unfolds. I'm hoping the final three books in the series become available on audio book soon.
Enjoy the adventure
I like this book. As foreshadowed by the Title and book Graphics, this is a medieval fantasy about a young man finding his way in the world. The writing style is exceptional and the characters are well defined.
One of the book’s themes is to “try” to succeed when all hope seems lost. Not trying means accepting a bad ending. While trying against all odds might not prevent pain, dismemberment or a cruel nickname, there is always the chance of good luck or even a decent outcome that was not expected.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).
Yes I would. I've read many Robin Hobb books in the past and the Farseer series was on my list to read like so many other but my time is limited so audio books has allowed me to get to books I haven't had time to before. This book has the beginning of a story that I look forward to hearing the rest of. The characters were interesting and it made me laugh, cry and wince right along with Fitz. I think the narrator did a decent job of bringing the characters to life as well, his performance certainly didn't distract me away from the interesting story.
Fitz, as the main character you get to see this whole world by his eyes as he learns what it means to be the bastard son of a royal and a King's Man. Hobb's writing easily draws you in and want more but that is how I have always found Hobb's books to be.
Yes there was and I hate to really detail it in any way other than saying it happened during Fitz's Test with the Skill.
If you have listened to or read any of Hobb's other books, you will not be disappointed by this one. If you haven't? Well this is fantasy without a whole lot of magic and what magic that is used is barely talked about. The characters are well developed and the plot is interesting.
Yes, one of my favorite books of all time, hearing it on audio only solidifies my opinion of this amazing story.
OH DEAR GOD PLEASE MAKE THESE BOOKS A FILM!!!
-besides the title? Farseer's or Fitz and the Fool, or The White Prophets Catalyst
Robin please write more.... send fitz to find his fool....
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