Title: Assassin’s Apprentice
Series: Farseer Trilogy
Author: Robin Hobb
Published By: Bantam
Published Date: 1996
Length: 435 Pages
Purchased From: Amazon @ $7.99
Assassin’s Apprentice is the memoirs of one FitzChivalry Farseer. The story begins as Fitz explains that each time he attempts to write the history of the Six Dutchies, he winds up telling the story of his youth instead.
The story starts off with Fitz having no recollection of his childhood before the age of six. At this time he was taken to a Keep by his grandfather to be turned over to his father. It would seem that Fitz was the Bastard Son of the King-in-Waiting Chivalry Farseer.
At this time Fitz was taken in by a soldier at the keep and turned over to the man responsible for tending to the King-in-Waiting’s beasts. Before long Fitz was given a warm place to sleep within the stables. Years pass as Fitz lives in the stables and takes on the life of any other young boy, the only difference is that the taint of being a Bastard follows him.
After several years of this simple life, Fitz attracts the attention of King Shrewd and is accepted into the keep as one with noble blood, although he must carry the sign of a recognized bastard son to the royal line. Over time Fitz’s education grows and he is eventually tasked with becoming the apprentice of the royal assassin.
Being a fan of story telling, I loved the tone of this novel. Because of the manner in which the story takes place, Fitz is able to glance past insignificant parts of his life and focus on the times which made mattered to the storyline.
The chapters in Assassin’s Apprentice were a little lengthy, but I had difficulty putting the book down. I managed to read this novel in a matter of three days. It made for excellent reading material in between bouts of snow shoveling from a winter storm.
It may be a rather bold statement, but Assassin’s Apprentice is easily the best book I have read in the past six months. If you enjoy this type of story, I would strongly suggest giving it a read.