By: Robin Hobb
Synopsis: 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 as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly 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 coast, 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.
Format: Assassin’s Apprentice is the first book in the Farseer Trilogy. This book introduces us to Fitz, a young bastard who it to train to be an assassin for the King. Despite all who oppose him, Fitz appears bent on living up to the expectations set out by the King. My copy is 435 pages long, and was published in 2014 by Del Ray. The book was originally published in 1995.
My Thoughts: To summarize how I feel about this book, it really gets stuck in your head. Upon finishing the book I couldn’t stop thinking about the story, the characters, and the magic in this book. It really is a breathtaking novel, and a grand introduction to the trilogy and fantasy in general.
The plot of this book while keep you reading until long after you should have been asleep. You have a variety of motives for each character, that can change the course of the story on the drop of a dime. It appears through the story that everyone is out to get Fitz, and he only develops closely with a few people. He feels easily betrayed, and takes his time trusting people due to the circumstances of his birth, but then he gets his ideas smashed by someone’s actions later on. King Shrewd attempts to keep Fit loyal through his scheme to make him an assassin, but only truly succeeds in keeping him close to the royal family. It is the characters in the keep, through their thoughts and actions, that keep Fitz loyal. The plot feels organic, like you are watching a group of people as an invisible spectator, and their choices are drastically changing what is happening. This feeling leaves you on the edge of your seat, as your guesses on what is happening in the story can be wrong at any time.
There are only a few people in this world that can use magic, and Fitz happens to be one of them. This is an interesting development for all, and many would feel better if he did not have this ability. I will not give anything away, but the magic in this book is quite enthralling, it feels almost logical. Like it could happen in our world. It is almost like if you were to reach out in a certain way, it would be there to help you. This is one of the reasons I love this book, the stuff that makes that world interesting seems like it could fit in our world, and this concept leaves me lost in thought upon finishing the book, as well as giving me the greatest pleasure when re-reading or reading the next book in the trilogy. Truly fantastic writing, I highly recommend it!
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