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Assassin's Apprentice

Book 1, The Farseer Trilogy

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Description

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him sectetly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz's blood runs the magic Skill--and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

From the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 03, 1995 – The bastard sons of kings play a noble role in fantasy: not only were King Arthur and Modred by-blows, but it is often suggested that Merlin himself came to power from the ``wrong side of the bed.'' While Hobb's offering has a few too many illegitimate heirs backstabbing around, this is still a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne. Fitz, who is often called the ``Boy'' or the ``Bastard,'' was begotten by good Prince Chivalry upon some ``peasant'' woman. At age six, he is given over to the safekeeping of the prince's man, Burrich. Fitz's impolitic existence causes the prince to abdicate his claim to the throne, and he and his wife leave the court, and the boy, behind. Fitz has inherited the ``Skill,'' a mind-bending talent, and also has the ability to meld his thoughts with those of nonhuman creatures and to mentally ``repel'' physical advances. When Fitz finally comes to King Shrewd's attention, he is given over to the Royal Assassin's tutelage and trained to carry out the king's devious plans. The novel's conceit-that it offers Fitz's memoirs from childhood through adolescence-allows for several sequels. A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies and Arthurian romances.

Customer Reviews

Best series ever

I've read this series several times. I don't normally re-read books. This has to be my favorite series. I love the characters. Especially Fitz & the Fool. You have to read this series then the Tawny Man series. Same characters. It finishes the story.

The Assassin's Apprentice

If you relish reads with richly realized worlds and characters, this book is for you (and the rest of the Assassin series, followed by the Tawny Man series). Hobb creates a detailed world, redolent of our own, with characters whose histories clearly motivate their actions. It's a great series to fall into.

Fantastic read!

I don't even know how I stumbled onto this book or author on iBooks but i thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to the next one!

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Assassin's Apprentice
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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Epic
  • Published: Mar 01, 1996
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Farseer Trilogy
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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