Book Review: Farseer – Assassin’s Apprentice

Robin Hobb - Assassins Apprentice

Title: Assassin’s Apprentice
Series: Farseer Trilogy
Author: Robin Hobb
Published By: Bantam
Published Date: 1996
ISBN: 0-553-57339-X
Length: 435 Pages
Purchased From: Amazon @ $7.99

The Story:

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.

My Thoughts:

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.


Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - I’m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Farseer – Assassin’s Apprentice

  1. Hi Walt, nice job once again. So glad you really seemed to enjoy the book, if you still feel the same way after book three then i have a feeling you will also love the Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb. Just wanted to say how pleasing I still find it when I see someone who has so obviously had such a great reading experience. Helps me remember why I love reading so much. Cheers and take care.

    1. I actually finished the last book of the Farseer Trilogy on Monday and loved it (more when I do the written part just for that book). It kind of sucks because I’m sitting here with this incredible urge to continue reading but I’m waiting on the Liveship Traders Trilogy to be delivered from Amazon.

      I can’t wait to get to the Tawny Man series because I love the Fitz character.

  2. Sounds like a decent book. I don’t know if I would care for the type of history story it tells, but it might be worth a shot. I just have not been able to get into reading here of late. I think it is due to me getting bored REAL fast, so if a book doesn’t grab me by the balls right off the bat, I tend to put it down and find other things to do 😉


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