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)
1) Boring characters: I did not develop affection towards any of the characters and as a result, there was no one for me to cheer for or hate. All the characters, regardless of the level of character development, were boring in my opinion. And I honestly can't bring myself to love the main character because while he's not a BAD character, he's just not fascinating.
2) No quality female characters: The main cast is all male. The female characters that DO appear regularly are not only quite boring but a rather weak-willed, 2d, and uninteresting bunch. These female characters exist solely to be tolerated or manipulated or pitied. They not only lack the cunning of the male characters but they also lack ambition. The female characters that DO have ambition lack the intelligence to make anything come to fruition. The female characters that have academic intelligence lack the common sense to utilize their intelligence. Basically, they’re just boring and kind of stupid. I assumed it was a case of a male author having a hard time writing engaging female characters but boy was I surprised to discover the author is female.
3) I can touch your brain~: Ok, so the "magical power" of this fantasy setting is the ability of some to psychically probe the minds of others and to create links. Not the most original idea but who cares. What bothers me is the main character's annoying tendency to obsessively find dogs to psychically connect to. I get that he's lonely but the character's habit of touting dogs as the paragon of loyalty and friendship gets tiresome. He needs human friends.
4) SLOW PLOT: I'm nearly done with this volume and so far nothing much has happened. If I had more typing space I could sum up the story in 3 sentences.
I purchased this book part because of reviews comparing it to the Jordan WOT series. While the book is well written, it is heavy on detail and light on action. I kept listening thinking it was just about to become exciting, but it never quite happened. The narration was very good, which helped me to make it through this. If your thinking about purchasing this book, I recommend you thumb through a hard copy first.
A different author
A different narrator
The main character (whose name I still don't know at three hours into the "story").....completey uninteresting
The synopsis reviews of this book/series are far more interesting than the book itself.
The first-person veiwpoint is poorly done (read The Name of The Wind for a proper first-person novel). At three hours in I'm not sure if there is a plot, and I'm not sure if the book is a refletion on past events or a description of present events because the author keeps changing tense. The narrator's voice is obnxious and given that the series is supposedly about an Assasin the texture of the voice makes this eventuality completely unbelievable.
I keep trying to listen to the book, but nothing about it is captivating or engrossing and so I mostly end up daydreaming and hearing every 5th sentence. This however, does not effect your ability to understand the plot, since there isn't one.
In short, two thumbs down.
Yes because it doesn't just let the character win every challenge that he is met with, so I feel like more people will connect with this over a novel where the main character always wins the day and is celebrated as the hero.
The main character's resolve.
Wow. Didn't see that coming!
Written more action. This story also seemed juvenile. I might of liked in when I was 12, but I only got through it because I heard so much about it.
I don't want to sound misogynistic, and I happen to not read many female authors, but this seemed to be a fantasy book written by a woman for women (which is weird that almost all characters are men). That's perfectly fine, it's just not for me.
The closest story line I have in reference to this is "Game of Thones", but less gritty. I loved the characters and the performance. This is a great story and is ok for young adults too. FitzChivalry is a great lead character. The others just as good.
I have enjoyed this book. It is a lively story with good character development. It was a fun read.
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