Assassin’s Apprentice

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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Assassin’s Apprentice is first in the Farseer trilogy. It begins with a boy dropped off at a palace, the bastard son of a prince. He grows up there, cared for by the prince’s stableman, and eventually trains with the king’s assassin and his Skillmaster. The Skill is a mental power that allows those who have it to communicate telepathically over long distances, and even to control others’ actions. Most of the drama of the story comes from the mysteries, plotting, and court intrigue as Fitz’s two uncles jockey for power and influence. Fitz endures abuse by the Skillmaster, manipulations by the assassin and king, and hard personal losses. The climax comes when Fitz accompanies one uncle to arrange a marriage for the other, under orders to murder the bride’s brother. The real villains are the Red-Ship Raiders, a group of pirates pillaging the coast with some truly terrifying methods. They provide ongoing tension, but Fitz barely comes into contact with them in this book. I’m sure they’ll be more central in the later novels. The narrator is Fitz as an old man looking back on his life, telling his story with melodrama and style. It’s an enjoyable book for anyone who likes fantasy

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