assasin's apprentice

by Robin Hobb

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Book 12 of 441 in the Best Fantasy Books
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“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin 
 
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
 
“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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5 comments
Anonymous | 2012-11-29 05:53:46
For a lot of young readers this series was one of their first tastes of fantasy, therefore it is only natural that its popularity and hype has been given a free ride from nostalgia when it comes to its popularity.
Anonymous | 2013-06-18 02:36:40
Good writing, horrible story and ending
Anonymous | 2013-12-29 04:33:05
Book 1 and 2 were very good with deep court politics and a spice of magical intrigue. Book 3 unfortunately was long and wandering with a less than satisfactory ending...
Anonymous | 2014-08-17 05:46:03
A series to be savored because of the slow but excellent build up of characters that you deeply care for. if you love reading, this is the series for you...because of Fitz...the Fool...
pancakeofdoom | 2014-08-18 12:35:18
This book has really good character that you really get attached too, This was my fav for a long time but it been over shadowed by prince of thorns that books broadsided every other fantasy book out there as far as im conserned
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