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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

Critic Reviews

“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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Riveting

Enjoyed this story line very much. The often sounds of gasping and delight filled my hours of listening to this book.

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enjoyable but not Brilliant

great writing, some really good pieces but the overall plot I found lacking, too simple of a quick wrapup type ending

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  • Beau
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 09-30-16

Good Listen

A great fantasy tail that really touches alot of pet lovers in some incredibly powerful moments. It doesnt douse you in the fantasy elements; leaving you to find your elvish bowman and dwarven warriors else where. It does however play to intrigue and magic wonderfully to create a unique story in a familiar setting.

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Little adventure. Grindingly tedious.

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The Farseer books are one book's worth of story, milked out into a nine-part series. They're barely adventure books at all. 90% of the story is concerned with court intrigue and medieval-style politics. What action there is, it is summarized, loosely described, and glossed over, all so we can get back to the fascinating descriptions of who's mad at who, lovingly detailed descriptions of what people are wearing, and the whiny main character's conflicted emotions. It feels like a book written by a fourteen-year old emo girl.If that's what you're into, by all means get this book.

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well written infuriating plot

this book is so well written and narrated you cannot listen to it without wanting to strangle the protagonist as frequently as the antagonists. while many of the plot functionalities are predicated on the rigid society Robin Hobb has imagined, it's not so far from our modern day that such rigid norms complicated our own social interaction. perhaps that is the real reason i find the farseer series difficult to listen to, while simultaneously being unable to put it down without first finding out how it all gets untangled.

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start slow, but cannot put it down at the ending

magic was scarce and not well defined in this world. which give the characters opportunity to research it or to learn it.

starts off slow, but it is needed for good pacing and character building. so i moderately recommend this book.

not bad

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Simply put, just good fantasy

This isn't an epic review, just to the point. This was a really good story that I was able to put myself into... Took the stress from my everyday life and let me quest through the eyes of Ftiz. This is why I love fantasy takes me away and let's me let go <3

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breaks in audio

There were breaks in the audio for some reason. Don't think it was the download.

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Decent fantasy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Slow start, but picked up a little over halfway through. Could use more magic :3

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Good book

Certain aspects of character psychology are off slightly, and some of the readers language impediments drive me up a wall, but overall a far better book than most that top the charts these days.