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The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice Audiobook

The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Ted 05-26-16
    Ted 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Starts slow but half way through I was hooked."

    Think of it as kind of a fantasy spy novel. Not nearly as harsh as the game of thrones, but some of the of the characters would do well in that universes. Sometimes it's a bit to predictably but others it's not. Looking forward to the next one.

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    tacomajo 05-23-16
    tacomajo 05-23-16
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    "Such a good book!"

    I was a bit skeptical about getting this book. I'm incredibly glad I did though! I will definitely be getting the next two.

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    Melissa Firby 05-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "overall liked it"

    good book bit wish the narration had a bit more inflection, a bit less depressing

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    Amazon Customer Billings, MT 05-14-16
    Amazon Customer Billings, MT 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Too old for this kind of awesome!"

    this story. wow. i am entirely too old to wake up at 3 am--just a few hours after falling asleep-to sneak in the time to finish a novel! i've already downloaded the sequel, so I imagine I will be fairly useless for the rest of my weekend. THIS is the sort of fantasy novel I remember reading as a teenaged bookworm intent on understanding the world through allegory.

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    Keith Pitts 05-08-16
    Keith Pitts 05-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "ehhhh it was ok"

    Story was not bad. lost me a few times droning on. Concept of magics not too over done and some what interesting.
    But I do get tired of the Young lad grows up and saves the world plot. With the same Bad guys in every story. Why can't anyone imagine different personality types for the evil guys.

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    Amazon Customer 05-05-16
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    "great story, slow start and dull ending"

    totally worth the listen. grind through the first few chapters and it will work out

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    Kindle Customer 05-05-16 Member Since 2016

    "Feels in the moment" reviewer. No long, analytical reviews from this girl.

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    "A Beginning"

    This books is the epitome of a beginning story. Can't say much happened. A lot of events and teachings but nothing much of interest. You get a glimpse of a conflict only for it to be put to the side for political conflicts. This book sets up the remaining story. That's about it.

    Not much emotional investment in this story for me. Think the only time I felt a blip of anything was when he lost saw Molly, and that's the romantic in me.

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    Jubilee K. Bonam 04-29-16
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    "Will probably get around to the next book."

    This book moved along at a good pace, unlike some fantasy that can be very bogged down by its own grandeur. I thought the author gave the right amount descriptions and I didn't find my mind wondering, waiting for a segment to end. Although I don't much care for stories when the main character is a child, this didn't bother me too much, and I understand why the story has to begin with him as a kid.

    The other characters were good and it'll be interesting to meet up with everyone again when Fitz is grown up.

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    Jonathan Gibbs 04-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "a classic, revisited"

    I read this ~2 yrs ago and enjoyed it. coming back, as an adult, I really appreciated the levels of nuance.

    To be fair, the ending is a bit abrupt and doesn't empower the protagonist to the extent one might like, but that is straining at gnats.

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    Tamera Herrell SW Florida 03-28-16
    Tamera Herrell SW Florida 03-28-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Simply one of the very best!"

    Fitz Chivalry is perhaps the most memorable character written of in current fantasy epics. Robin Hobb is one of the most detailed, developed story crafters in today's marketplace. The story of Fitz and the Fool, along with Night Eyes is not to be missed.
    The narrator is eloquent and subtle, a good fit for the story.

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