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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice Audiobook

The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

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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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    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 12-01-12
    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 12-01-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Diary of a Wimpy Assassin"

    I ended up buying all three books, and I enjoyed them, but it was really hard to like this hero. He is not much of an assassin. The only assassinations he does are by poisoning and those are mostly zombies, and he feels guilty about it. He kills in self defense and feels guilty about it. He doesn't take out the really bad people, even though everyone knows they are the really bad people and he would have saved thousands of lives and endless suffering if he had poisoned them too, because of some promise he made... but mostly because it would end the story too soon.

    He has magic ability he doesn't want to use and doubts himself constantly and really hates himself... but ends up saving the kingdom anyway... and gets little credit for it. He spends a large chunk of the third book on a useless quest, and all the while he is thinking (and I was thinking) this is a bad idea. And it was.

    Conan he is not. He is more like Conan's half-witted baby sister.

    Despite all that, the plot was good, the world was rich, and the narration was very good. There is magic and herbology and animal kinship woven in here. I enjoyed it overall. I just wish the main character had more backbone.

    31 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan CA, United States 06-12-13
    Ryan CA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Bland"

    Overall, I was very much unimpressed by this book, and its sequels.

    A friend (ahem, former friend) recommended this trilogy of books as a "great modern, fantasy series." So I'm ashamed to say that I've read the entire trilogy. I was promised each book gets better and better. They did not.

    I'll say this for Robin Hobb, she writes beautifully and sets a grand stage.

    ...in regard to execution, however....

    I'm sorry to say that the story is simply bland. We have an assassin, exquisitely trained, with little to lose, who does so very, very little! Virtually nothing!

    In addition, you'll be presented with an ever-present storyline where the protagonist and his allies encounter obvious opposition and betrayal from among their own - and do nothing! The story paints the protagonists as perfectly equipped to deal harsh justice to the antagonists, but they do nothing over the course of three books!

    'Suspension of disbelief' can only be applied to plot mechanisms, not the human nature of the characters.

    I recommend you give this one a pass unless you're stranded on a desert island.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    John MS 12-29-11
    John MS 12-29-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Good start to trilogy, but"

    I really liked this first book and performance. Well conceived universe that was somewhat contained in size and scope. The main character spends much of book 1 as a child/youth. The unfortunate BUT is books 2 and 3 become unbearably inconsistent and leave you wanting to slap the main character half the time for being so dense and stupid.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz 11-30-13
    breckoz 11-30-13 Member Since 2017

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "One Time Listen"

    I have listened to the whole series. Overall, I liked the world Robin Hobb created but the characters were a little frustrating at times. Also, the conclusion of this series wasn't that great. However, it did wrap things up for the most part and I felt compelled to keep buying into each book with my credits to get a conclusion. But it is really hard to sympathize with the main characters motivations and understand his loyalty rulers of this society. I have mixed feelings about some of the characters too. I just felt the story could have been written better and I think generally that is my opinion about some other Robin Hobb works I have listened to as well.

    Despite those complaints I would still say this is worth a listen, but be prepared for a long story. This is a series about a boy coming of age and being outcast because of his blood. There is a mentor component and a struggle to find ones identity. There is also magic and adventure in the later books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 10-19-12
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Don't Expect a Fast-Paced Epic"

    This is a solid high (but not epic) fantasy that has garnered quite a following, and not without good reason. It is very well developed and written. I wouldn't say there are a lot of new ideas here; the magic system is pretty subdued and the plot is all political intrigue. The biggest thing for me to get used to was the naming system; characters are named after traits they are desired to have, such as Chivalry and Regal and Verity.
    Many reviewers have commented, and it is indeed quite true. This book is boring at times, even in audio. It's not that it is poorly written or a well developed plot. It just simply isn't that exciting. You have to be willing to follow the story of yet another hero who starts out as a punt, ignorant boy who has much to learn about the world. For some people this probably never gets old, but I prefer authors such as Brandon Sanderson whose heroes already start out fully developed.
    Most of the main character's problems would have been solved or never would have occurred if people would simple hag told him what he needed to koror that they assumed he already knew. Indeed, the main character's ignorance seems to be the main antagonist for much of this story.
    The narrator did a great job and fit the part perfectly; no complaints there at all.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Magikarp Salad 06-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Series!"

    I really loved this series - could not put it down. The characters are great - immediately drawn into the story and felt connected with them. Assassins are awesome, we all know that, but this series is so much more... Extremely well written - and not...your standard, predictable story-line...

    Get this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Miller 04-19-10
    A. Miller 04-19-10
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    "I love this series"

    This is a great book. The series is outstanding.
    I hope they put out the Tawny Man series as well.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Clint salt lake City, UT, United States 03-07-10
    Clint salt lake City, UT, United States 03-07-10
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    "Great series"

    I'm just finishing the first book, and it's great. It has the same narrator as Brent Weeks Night Angel Trilogy, who does an amazing job. I became a huge fan of Robin Hobb years ago with the Farseer trilogy and now it's an audio book, awesome!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Mike st paul, MN, United States 06-27-12
    Mike st paul, MN, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Series!"

    I really loved this series - could not put it down. The characters are great - immediately drawn into the story and felt connected with them. Assassins are awesome, we all know that, but this series is so much more... Extremely well written - and not...your standard, predictable story-line...

    Get this one.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Dyck Chilli wack, BC 11-26-10
    Daniel Dyck Chilli wack, BC 11-26-10 Listener Since 2005

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    "Great Read"

    I was pleasantly surprised by this author. I was looking for a new series and tried her as an experiment. I hoped for the best and was not disappointed. The story was slow to build tension but the main character was easy to sympathize with. At first I thought the story was too slow but by the end of the book I was having trouble turning off the iPod. Give her a try. I think you'll like her.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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