It’s been so long since I wrote a review… do I even remember how?
Anyways, I finally read Assassin’s Apprentice! Thanks to Jenn and Riv for suggesting Robin Hobb to me over and over again until I finally listened. Assassin’s Apprentice is the first book in the Farseer trilogy, which also ties into some other trilogies she’s written, which is very cool and excites me because that means I can revisit this world and some of these characters plenty of times.
So, one day a 6 year-old boy is dropped off on the royal doorstep, by someone who says he is the bastard child of the noble Prince Chivalry. He’s given into the care of his dad’s stableman, Burrich, who raises him the best he knows how and tries to shield him from the cruelty the royal family has towards him. The only one who recognizes him is King Shrewd, who has young Fitz secretly trained as an assassin and in the magic Skill for his own use. The coasts of the kingdom are under attack by savage raiders, and Fitz is finally old enough to embark on his first mission. And while some are hoping for his downfall, he might be exactly what the kingdom needs to survive.
Alright, so this book took me about 10 days to read, but that’s my fault because of being so busy at work. I was ALWAYS looking forward to picking this book back up. Somehow, Fitz is a really relatable and likable character. I mean, people are so cold towards him that it’s easy to feel bad for him. And Burrich definitely believes in tough love, and the within the first 70 pages or so I had already teared up a bit for poor Fitz. But he rarely plays the victim, and that’s why I liked him so much. He’s kind so other people, and has a thirst for knowledge and mischief that I really enjoyed.
I don’t want to go too much into the more fantastical elements of the story because I think they’re best discovered by the reader, but Fitz has some very cool talents. And the raiders that are attacking the kingdom’s coasts use some sort of mysterious magic that absolutely destroys people, and I think it was all very interesting and unique without being overdone.
I already went out and bought the sequel, Royal Assassin. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Fitz’s adventures, and to seeing some of the other characters I grew to like – the Fool, Prince Verity, and Kettricken among others.
Sarah Says: 4 stars