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Book Review: Assassian’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb


From Goodreads: 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

Assassin’s Apprentice follows the story of a boy who is a prince’s illegitimate child as he grows up in a castle, is treated badly by his family and learns to be of use by becoming an assassin for the king.  It sounds like a stereotype of the fantasy genre, but it is actually a pretty fun book to read.  At times it feels like all the action is going to happen when he grows up, but the end is interesting enough and the characters definitely grow on you.

The ending is actually quite exciting, so overall I would say that Assassin’s Apprentice is worth the read.  It is the first book in the Farseer Trilogy and is nice and easy to read.