My View: I have had this book since at least 15 years but never got around to reading it. Thanks to a GR challenge, finally decided to pick it up.
Not much of a fantasy fiction person but this book was so much more. I absolutely adored the characterization and how invested I was in all the characters and how their life would turn out.
The writing flow worked well for the story narration. The world building done beautifully. The character of Fitz puts everything into perspective and all the characters revolve around him.
It’s hard to say much without giving away spoilers and I hate doing that to someone. I want you to unravel this magic, thread by thread, page by page.
There might be some lows and high in terms of wavering attention especially with a book of this length but keep at it and you shall be rewarded.
Everything has been thought through, every cog in the wheel important. I don’t read many series but I am looking forward to continuing this one. Please tell me it won’t disappoint?
Have you read this book, this series? What did you think of it?
3.5/5 stars – Between I liked it and I loved it.
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Date Published: May 1, 1995
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 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.
About the Author
Robin Hobb is the author of three well-received fantasy trilogies: The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin’s Quest), The Liveship Traders Trilogy (Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny) and the Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool’s Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool’s Fate) Her current work in progress is entitled Shaman’s Crossing. Robin Hobb lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, and has been a professional writer for over 30 years.
In addition to writing, her interests include gardening, mushrooming, and beachcombing. She and her husband Fred have three grown children and one teenager, and three grand-children.
She also writes as Megan Lindholm, and works under that name have been finalists for the Hugo award, the Nebula Award, and the Endeavor award. She has twice won an Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Award.