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.
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“Intriguing, controlled, and remarkably assured...at once satisfyingly self-contained yet leaving plenty of scope for future extensions and embellishments.” (Kirkus)
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....
Say something about yourself!
Great Book! Great story, Characters, and Wonderful Narration.
The previous reviews really helped. The narrator was wonderful and the characters were well developed story line and plot. I look forward to reading book 2.
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.
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