Book Review, Books

Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb


In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

So this is the first book in the Farseer trilogy, I first heard of this book from a youtube channel called Sam’s Nonsense and she loves Robin Hobb and she did an author spotlight video where she talked about Robin Hobb’s books and since then I got more curious about this book series so I finally decided to pick it up! I’ve not read many high fantasy stories the only other thing I read was Game of Thrones and I hated that. Thankfully, I did like Assassin’s Apprentice and didn’t have that many problems with the story.

The world-building in this story was amazing, the way Robin Hobb described and created this world was amazing and honestly, I felt so involved in the world there was never a time I didn’t know about this world. We learnt about the world as Fitz learned about the world around him and the way it was done was amazingly well. I really enjoyed learning about this world and it was perfect for the first book in the series and I am very sure Robin Hobb has built much upon this world and I am really excited to read more from this world and series.

The plot focuses around Fitz as he grows up, we first see him being dropped off at the castle by who we assume is his granddad with nothing, not even a name. We follow him as he grows up and how he is treated in the palace he is mostly in the care of Burrich who gave him the name Fitz and he sticks with it. Fitz takes care of animals and he gets very attached to dogs and animals and takes care of them. He is then taken up to Buckkeep Castle as he begins training as an assassin and he successfully safeguards the throne from his over-ambitious uncle Regal, almost at the cost of his life. I really liked the plot and story of this book and it was interesting watching Fitz grow up and interact with this new world especially one where he is not always treated correctly just because he is a bastard.

Fitz oh I loved his character the connection he had to animals was so cute and the fact he wanted to take care of the animals and the connection he had with these animals. Okay, I think the main reason I liked the kid was the animals, but he did have some other good points. I really felt bad about how he was treated and it really did just put into perspective how bastards were treated.

I really loved Burrich and how much he took care of Fitz I really did love that relationship between them and it was so cute especially his need to protect him and keep him safe from people in Buckkeep castle. Burrich mainly stayed in the stable and there were a few times in this book where I really didn’t like him because some of the things that happened. I really hope in the next book this friendship is repaired.

There were other characters too but I really didn’t form that much of an opinion on them, I mean they were ok but I didn’t really feel anything. The King and the uncle are slimy, we never see Fitz’s dad and the person who is training Fitz he’s alright but yet again I haven’t formed much of an opinion on him yet. Maybe all that will change in the next book.

I liked this book it was a brilliant first book for the start of a series which I do know that Robin Hobb has written more from this world and I am very excited to read it. At times I felt like this book was slow but I gave it the benefit of the doubt being that it is the first book of a major fantasy series. I loved the writing it was so easy to read and I found myself was drawn into the writing and I am very excited to read more of her writing.

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