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)
This is a very good book. Some of the writing in it gets a little bit convoluted when being read back, they need to learn to add some pauses and breaks to their sentences. But overall a good story, so now I'm not moving onto the next book in the series.
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This is the first Hobb book that I have listened to or read. It certainly won't be the last. What a find!
Hobb creates a well constructed world, believable, yet not common. The story easily held my interest throughout. I won't summarize the story line, others have done that quite well. Suffice it to say that this is a very well done coming of age story about a young boy who has a lot to discover about himself. I knew I liked the book and was really looking forward to reading the rest of the series as soon as I finished listening. What I did not anticipate was that I was still thinking about the book and the characters for several days after I finished it. The only reason I'm not listening to the 2nd book in the series right now is that I don't want to gobble them up too quickly. These deserve to be savored.
The narrator was good for the most part hard to hear at certain points like he was backing away from the mic.. Story started out slow but by the end was thoroughly enjoyable. Will be reading the next installment!!
This was a very poorly wrtten work. I realize it was intened to function like a journal, but the author glossed over far too much. A lot of it read like snippets of a travelogue. In addition, the main character was unrealistically blind to the machinations around him. I can't understand the good reviews. The only upside was that the narrator was good. That said this was a waste of time and money.
Wonderful narrator! Fascinating story. Great plot and characters. Vivid images. Loved the love of animals and the superb expressions of loneliness of the young Fitz.
Can't wait to hear more!
My only problem I have with this is that the story is quite slow. This can be expected of the first book in an epic series but I'm hoping the pace will pick up in the next installment.
On the AudioBook front there is not much too complain about. If I had to nitpick, it would be that sometimes the narrator speaks a little too quiet in comparison with the overall volume.
I heard a lot of great things about this book. The reading was fantastic - a definite 5, but the story took a long time to develop, and when it did develop (with about 2 hours left in the 14 hour book) it left much to be desired. Not sure if I'll listen to the second book on this series. The main character has a harsh life, and the whole dog connection is just weird.
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