Farseer Trilogy

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 18,682 ratings

The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice 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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,353
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,253
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,283

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Jake on 03-16-10

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Assassin’s Apprentice

    • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 460
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 419
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417

    In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Robin hobb did u pick this narrator?

    • By ratna on 03-01-15

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 2

    • Royal Assassin

    • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,504
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,521

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed it before, loved it now

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-23-10

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Royal Assassin

    • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 29 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313

    Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well. King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Getting used to the narrator!

    • By ratna on 03-08-15

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 3

    • Assassin's Quest

    • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 37 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,204
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,221

    King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I Weary of a Stupid Hero

    • By Holly Helscher on 11-04-13

    Regular price: $45.49

    • Assassin's Quest

    • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 37 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289

    The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy. Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst. Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great long story, slightly weak ending

    • By Katrine on 08-20-17

    Regular price: $28.77