Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Title: Assassin’s Apprentice

Author: Robin Hobb

Series: The Farseer Trilogy #1

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 stars!

The Overview: 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.

The Review:

Some stories fade from my memory the minute I finish the book. This story not only remained vividly in my mind months later, but I find I can recall tiniest details with minimal effort. That, to me, is the mark of a great book. Hobb has a unique writing style in the fantasy world, using a beautiful descriptive voice that effectively draws you into the story without being overwhelming. You can read two pages or fifty and come away feeling invested and satisfied. Her books are so evoking that she has become my go-to author whenever I need a guaranteed good read.

The characters are well-developed, relatable, dynamic, and quite simiply: brilliant. I often forget that I’m reading fantasy characters, as they sometimes seem like real people. Because of this, some of them are among my all-time favorites. Apart from being so well-developed, what I love most is they have flaws like everyone else, which make you cheer for them all the more.

Overall, “Assassin’s Apprentice” contains a highly memorable plot, exceptional characters, and the beautiful writing style that combines in a story that will take your breath away.

Recommendations: The Farseer trilogy is chronologically the first of four separate trilogies (Farseer, Liveship Traders, Tawny Man, and Rain Wilds – in that order) Each book is as good as the last, and what you take away from each novel just lends to an incredible momentum as the story progresses. Within each trilogy, there is an overall arch to the story that is highly satisfying enough to make them stand-alones, but the overall arch between all the books is so fantastic that it’s well worth your time to read them all.

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by Niki Hawkes

3 comments on “Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

  1. Hey Nikki!

    I love your review and it has put this series at the top of my to-read list. I have been looking for some nice trade paperback copies of it. I don’t know if it is weird, but I love pretty books! I was wondering if you think this series is good enough to get this amazingly awesome box set that I can only find on ebay. I tried getting the books individually but I can’t find the third one with this cover. I prefer my books to match and this is such an awesome box set.


    • Oh my gosh! I covet those covers!!! I might have to pick up a set, myself. Im excited that my review might have helped talk you into reading this series – you should know that yours have done the same for me regarding Gardens of the Moon! Im the same as you because i always want the prettiest covers lol. I really do think the series is worth owning in nice copies – the sixth book (the culmination of all the books leading up to it) was one of the most amazing books ive ever read and was partially responsible for making me want to start a book blog. The books are beautiful, profound, and epic. They also are really slowly paced (but never boring!). It really is up to how much you want to spend, but after reading them i started collecting the nicer editions of the series, so that has to speak for something, right? :)


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