Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
(The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)

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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 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.
 
Praise for Robin Hobb and Assassin’s Apprentice
 
“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin
 
“A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies . . . a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“This is the kind of book you fall into, and start reading slower as you get to the end, because you don’t want it to be over.”—Steven Brust


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About Robin Hobb

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Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska. It was there that she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, and The Tawny Man Trilogy. Her books under the pseudonym Megan Lindholm include The Wizard of the Pigeons, Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves. Her short fiction has won the Asimov's Readers' Award and been finalists for both the Nebula and Hugo awards. She is also the author of The Inheritance, a collection of stories written under both names. For more information about Robin Hobb, please visit www.robinhobb.com
 
Published November 5, 2002 by Spectra. 464 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Poor Fitz, unable to contact his beloved Molly (she thinks he's dead) and daughter (by Molly) for fear of exposing them to Regal's attentions, uses his magic Skill to locate Verity and receives an imperious summons: ``COME TO ME!'' So, abandoning his plan to assassinate Regal, Fitz enters the mou...

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At Buckkeep in the Six Duchies, young Fitz, the bastard son of Prince Chivalry, is raised as a stablehand by old warrior Burrich.

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Continuing in the tradition of her first book (Assassin's Apprentice) Hobb propels the Farseer saga into its second installment with irresistible plotting and memorable characters.

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Assassin and Royal Bastard FitzChivalry-having in Royal Assassin taken poison to escape torture at the hands of the usurper Regal, the brother of FitzChivalry's lost King Verity-is now reborn through his telepathic bond to Nighteyes, the wolf.

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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 d...

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BC Books

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One thing that threw me a little bit is how narrative heavy the novel is.

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Burrich isn’t a soft man, and he isn’t too taken with Fitz because Chivalry’s bastard has cost his master the throne and Burrich his standing among the other men-at-arms.

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Often confused with fantasy literature, magical realism has its own defining characteristics that sets it apart as a separate and popular genre.

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Pajiba

If you read the first few chapters — as Amazon allows you to do for free with most of the Kindle books — you might not bother to continue.

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SFFWorld.com

I don't know about other people, but I don't like the hero crawling in a whole book -and It *was* a very large book.

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Robin Hobb burst onto the fantasy scene in 1995 with Assassin’s Apprentice, the opening volume of the Farseer Trilogy.

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Seized by the Tale

Fitz's former life was devoted to duty, serving King Shrewd of the Six Duchies secretly as an assassin.

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Seized by the Tale

Just try being FitzChivalry Farseer, the hero of Robin Hobb's Royal Assassin, sequel to Assassin's Apprentice.

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Seized by the Tale

Fitz's father, the ironically named Prince Chivalry, abdicates his place as King-in-Waiting when the truth about Fitz is known, depriving the boy of formal acknowledgement.

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