I have to say, this book is brilliant. If you’re a fantasy lover and you have read Lord of The Rings, Eragon, A Wizard of EarthSea, The Book of Deacon or Graceling, or I could go on and on…. then you will love Assassin’s Apprentice. Robin Hobb doesn’t just write good fantasy, she writes gripping, emotional, heart-warming, realistic fantasy. Let me tell you, it is hard to find books with amazing characters that you can really get to know, almost as if you are living and breathing the same air that they do and Robin Hobb absolutely nails it.
A lovely set of characters with intriguing back stories. My heart truly goes out to Fitz there are few people in his world that even show him a little bit of kindness, and even they have their off moments with our main protagonist. There are a lot of injustices throughout this story that just make you want to scream in frustration. They also make this book ridiculously difficult to put down. There are two important relationships to keep your eye on as the story progresses: firstly, the slow blossoming relationship between Fitz and a young girl called Molly, and secondly, the relationship between Fitz and The King’s Fool.
I will admit, the start is fairly slow, you’re not plunged into action like you are with so many fictional books these days, but rather, you are guided gently through the story, witnessing events as Fitz does, from a young child’s perspective. You learn as Fitz learns, you grow as Fitz grows, and delicately interwoven with Fitz’s likable character the story too, grows. Hobb displays true talent within the fantasy genre, it is difficult to maintain detail and emotion especially when you are creating a new world with new rules, but Hobb does all of this effortlessly. There is no reason whatsoever to not give this book a go! If you have a kindle account this book is currently free!
I would recommend this book to my book loving friends, but do not expect action straight away. This is a book for those who love to empathize with the characters and have no problem with open ended questions and riddles. This is an emotional read not an action packed adventure.
From the current reviews…
The Good: Lovely, touching, dramatic, interesting, chilling, intriguing, mesmerizing, captivating, entertaining, wonderful, magnificent, engrossing, addicting, exciting, immersive… ‘A truly gifted writer’, ‘tear jerking surprises’, ‘an excellent epic fantasy’, ‘I couldn’t stop reading and I’m on to the next in the series’, ‘these books touched me deeply’, ‘beautifully written’, ‘a very well-crafted novel’, ‘this book is simply awesome’, ‘a sensory reading experience’, ‘absolute sparkling jewels’, ‘full of suspense’, ‘memorable characters and a believable world.’
The Bad: Inept, passive, unchanging, boring, slow, painful, repetitive, terrible, tedious, disappointing… ‘nothing significant happens’, ‘slow and too descriptive’, ‘a bad story’, ‘told instead of shown’, ‘it was 500 pages of sheer boredom and frustration’, ‘main character was utterly dull’, ‘grievously inadequate descriptions’.
The Darn Right Ugly: ‘I honestly couldn’t find it in me to care about this story, this book is so pathetic that I didn’t have the stomach to complete the entire book’, ‘everyone hates the main character it’s tiring, this should just be called “Everyone’s Apprentice – For a while”‘, ‘I can’t say a single word except don’t read.’
The Unicorn: ‘10,000,000 stars’, ‘I used to crouch into subway corners, hunched over, pressed against the throng of rush hour bodies, lost in Robin Hobb’s universe. I’d miss my stops.’ Fantasy began and ended with Mr Tolkien until I picked this up for free.’
Goodreads Rating: (4.1 stars) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45107.Assassin_s_Apprentice
Release Date: 1995
Pages: 480 (ish)
Age Range: Suitable for 13 years and over.
Contains: Descriptions of Violence (murder) and small amounts of Explicit Language.
Genres: Fantasy, Speculative fiction
Nominations: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
On the back cover: 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 Chivalry 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 and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
Where to Buy?
Kindle Edition (free), Paperback: £7.19, Hardback: £13.59 (prices based on new copies, used copies available too.)
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Prices range from £5 upwards for Paperback. (note: these may be used copies)
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About the Author:
Robin Hobb is the second pen name of American author Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden (born March 5, 1952). She is best known for the books taking place in the Realm of the Elderlings, which started in 1995 with the publication of Assassin’s Apprentice, the first book in the Farseer trilogy.
Find out more about this author from their website –> http://www.robinhobb.com/about/
Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from public sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing, and will potentially change in the future.