Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Published by Spectra November 5, 2002
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: paper back
Source: personally bought
2018 challenge: N/a
I would give this book 4 for a review.
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.
This book is definitely a slow burn. It focuses more on character development. Not a whole lot of action happens in this book. It follows the protagonist Fitz from a very young age to around his teen years. It focuses on him learning how to be a an assassin and his relationships. I liked Fitz and wanted to see what happened to him on his journey, so I didn’t mind the slower pace. I liked meeting the other people in the novel as well. The way they interacted with Fitz and affected his views. I liked how mysterious the Fool is in the book as well. Hopefully more will be revealed in the next books. The writing style draws you in as well. I thought seeing the world through Fitz’s eyes while growing up was a good world building technique. There wasn’t ay info dumps. I really liked this book and would recommend to people who don’t mind a slower read.I hope to read book two soon to see what is in store for Fitz next.