Realms of the Elderlings

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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 7,539
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,431
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,461

    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 477
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 434
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 432

    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 5,436
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,642
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,658

    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 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By Sharon on 09-16-18

    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 5,046
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,321
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,338

    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 320
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296

    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

  • Book 4

    • Ship of Magic

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 35 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,035
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,703
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Takes a little getting used to

    • By Stan on 10-20-12

    Regular price: $45.49

    • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 35 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    From the author of the classic Farseer trilogy, Ship of Magic is the first part of the Liveship Traders. Set in a land bordering the Six Duchies, Robin Hobb begins her epic of pirates, talking ships, magic, sea serpents, slave revolts, dashing heroes and bloody battles.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Annoying Voice

    • By Nicola Beveridge on 08-19-14

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 5

    • Mad Ship

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 33 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376

    As the ancient tradition of Bingtown's Old Traders slowly erodes under the cold new order of a corrupt ruler, the Vestrits anxiously await the return of their liveship - a rare magic ship carved from sentient wizardwood, which bonds the ships mystically with those who sail them. And Althea Vestrit waits even more avidly, living only to reclaim the ship as her lost inheritance and captain her on the high seas. But the Vivacia has been seized by the ruthless pirate captain Kennit, who holds Althea's nephew and his father hostage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book 2 starts to bring it all together.

    • By Lore on 07-26-13
    • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 33 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 08-11-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623 ratings

    Regular price: $45.49

    • The Mad Ship

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 34 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Just love Robin Hobbs work but not this narrator

    • By marilyn on 03-02-13

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 6

    • Ship of Destiny

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292

    As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something altogether new

    • By Lorena on 06-06-12

    Regular price: $45.49

    • Ship of Destiny

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    The dragon Tintaglia has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory. Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki. Against hope, a ship appears in the alien waters, but does it mean rescue, or a further nightmare, for Malta? In ruined Bingtown, the citizens are at war against the Chalcedean mercenaries besieging the harbour.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not for the book, but the narrator!!

    • By Sharon on 09-16-18

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 7

    • Fool's Errand

    • Tawny Man, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,966
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,969

    For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz's mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny. Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A solid fantasy story in first person

    • By Kevin Stokes on 08-31-14

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Fool's Errand

    • Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
    • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    Return to the world of the Farseers… Robin Hobb’s best loved characters, Fitz , The Fool and Nighteyes the wolf, face new adventures and trials in the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy. When Assassin’s Quest closed, Fitz was living in self-imposed exile. Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Editing not perfect

    • By K.V. on 05-03-17

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 8

    • Golden Fool

    • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,276

    Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin. Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nothing like hanging out with Fitz

    • By Chad on 08-30-14

    Regular price: $17.99

    • The Golden Fool

    • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
    • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    The second in the thrilling fantasy series returning listeners to the Six Duchies and the magical world of the Farseers. Fitz has succeeded in rescuing Prince Dutiful from the clutches of the Piebald rebels, and has returned with him to Buckkeep castle. With Dutiful safe again, Queen Kettricken can proceed with plans to marry him to the Outislander princess, Elliania, but with tensions building among the peoples of the Six Duchies over Kettricken’s tolerance of the Wittted, even Buckkeep is no longer safe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Our Beloved Keeps On Delivering

    • By Mikael on 09-19-16

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 9

    • Fool's Fate

    • The Tawny Man, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 32 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,663

    FitzChivalry Farseer has become firmly ensconced in the queen’s court. Along with his mentor, Chade, and the simpleminded yet strongly Skilled Thick, Fitz strives to aid Prince Dutiful on a quest that could secure peace with the Outislands - and win Dutiful the hand of the Narcheska Elliania. The Narcheska has set the prince an unfathomable task: to behead a dragon trapped in ice on the isle of Aslevjal. Yet not all the clans of the Outislands support their effort. Are there darker forces at work behind Elliana’s demand?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A triumphant ending to the trilogy!

    • By GLENNO on 08-16-14

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Fool's Fate

    • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
    • Length: 31 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    The moving end to the tale of the Farseers, in which kingdoms must stand or fall on the beat of a dragon's wings, or a Fool's heart. A small and sadly untried coterie – the old assassin Chade, the serving-boy Thick, Prince Dutiful, and his reluctant Skillmaster, Fitz – sail towards the distant island of Aslevjal. There they must fulfil the Narcheska’s challenge to her betrothed: to lay the head of the dragon Icefyre, whom legends tell is buried there deep beneath the ice, upon her hearth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good shit

    • By Petter on 04-09-15
    • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
    • Length: 31 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 03-28-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 175 ratings

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 10

    • Dragon Keeper

    • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey to the cocooning grounds in generations. Many have died along the way. With its acid waters and impenetrable forest, it is a hard place for any to survive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Alison on 08-21-09

    Regular price: $18.11

    • Dragon Keeper

    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,299
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,077
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,079

    After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read Live Ships first!

    • By Deborah on 05-01-13

    Regular price: $34.99

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