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Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

The Fantasy Equivalent of Ender

This is likely one of the best books in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre I have read since Ender's Game. I honestly had problems putting this book down and going to bed at night. Maybe it was something as simple as the writing style of using no page breaks until the end of the ...
This is likely one of the best books in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre I have read since Ender's Game. I honestly had problems putting this book down and going to bed at night. Maybe it was something as simple as the writing style of using no page breaks until the end of the chapter. Maybe it is because most sci-fi books bounce between three groups of characters and their individual plots. This title stays rigidly focused on the one protagonist, and so maybe I felt like I got to know Fitz better as a character, and was not so distracted trying to keep multiple plot-lines straight. Whatever the cause, I grew totally immersed in Fitz' story, and joined in the constant hope that there would be something better for him just down the road. Cannot wait to read the second one in the series. Bravo.
- Vr/Zeux..>>

posted by Zeuxidamas on January 26, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Either this is more like a fictional biography or the author wanted to fit as much detail and understanding into the first book; either way, I stopped...

I went with this book on a whim; good reviews shot me a hope in the fact that this trilogy will be something of epic proportions and keep me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, this book is possibly "epic" to some, but to me? I was severely disappointed.

I ...
I went with this book on a whim; good reviews shot me a hope in the fact that this trilogy will be something of epic proportions and keep me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, this book is possibly "epic" to some, but to me? I was severely disappointed.

I started the book one night. I had to read slow, because this is one of those novels that if you happen to read fast or skim, you'll miss a detail and screw up your mental image of the situation or description at hand. So, I read slowly. It was trudging along for the first chapter. I gave it a chance.

Fitz is a bastard child of Prince Chivalry, whom is now abdicated from his throne. Fitz is seen as a mistake to everyone except Burrich, the stable master whom cares for him; Verity, Chivalry's brother, now Prince; and King Shrewd, his grandfather. Fitz carries along in lessons of assassination with his instructor Chade. And that's where I stopped.

Page 150 and my doubts were clear. This book was not for me. I'm all for action, fast-paced adventure, murder and just exciting stuff. This is a book that is character-driven and really, a fictional biography of Fitz. It is told from his old self, recalling on the past. Told in first-person as well.

Sure, I'm fine with description and slow pace for 100 pages. Maybe even 120. But after that, I'm not going to waste my time to read a book that I'm not merely excited by. Granted, this book is interesting! This story is interesting, but it doesn't possess that sort of ... jolt. I'm sorry, I don't get excited by Fitz FINALLY speaking his mind, I don't get excited by his young romance changing her ways to be more girly, I don't get excited when Fitz crawls into bed for three days, full of depression because he feels a ton has been placed upon his shoulders. I'm not a character kind of guy.

I guess that's why you may say I don't particularly enjoy this book or this kind of book for that matter. I stopped reading it early and granted, I may be wrong. It may pick up later on, but judging from other people's opinions or views who have read the trilogy...it doesn't seem that way. I may pick up the book again, may even like it if my need for characterization increases in the future, but right now, I want action. Pick up the book if you want detail upon detail, slow-paced storytelling and characterization. Ignore it if you're like me; you want action and fast-paced events that throw you to the wall in shock and excitement.

Before I finish up here, I'd like to give kudos to Robin Hobb. She has done a tremendous job here and there is nothing wrong with her style. I just happen to dislike the slow-paced trudging through the story.

posted by Hiredoutlaw on January 20, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Fekrkekekk

    Flwldnfnwkfnwkfrkgkegjfkfkrkekdjdjckdkdkdkd

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Great read!

    Classic. I loved every bit of it. The book starts a bit slow, but dont worry, pays off with a character development that most books lack and it picks up around the fifth or sixth chapter Highly reccomended, and a personal favorite.

    > Jon the flamboyant >

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Pretty solid

    Not bad. Kind of slow at times. Nice genuine characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Magnificent read

    This series is one of my most cherished favorites.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Easy read

    Good series, Robin Hobb weaves a good if simple story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    The Great Frustrater

    I love reading Robin Hobb's works because nothing ever goes like I would expect it to. Through the book, the Duchies are presented with one threat they never move any closer to resolving, and the events that lead up to the climax don't appear until the last hundred pages or so, making the entire book look like a set-up for the next. But in those last pages my frustration melted away with the heated pace of the climax as Fitz faces off against a threat that blindsides and isolates him. Hobb always manages to build up my expectations one way, absolutely shatter them, and then rocket down another way which is even more incredible but still totally believable from all that comes before.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Read this book

    I loved this book. I'm happy I wasn't put off by a couple of bad reviews. I'm also happy to see that this is a trilogy unlike some other series that put me in doubt of living long enough to see the story wrapped up. I have purchased the other 2 books and very much look forward to continuing the journey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Amazing

    I have never become so emotionally entangled in a story as I have when I read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    Eh

    Oh my dear Lord....the truth is that this story is just too damned slow-paced! I mean a hundred pages into the thing and a half of a whole chapter is devoted to Fits stealing food and being carried upstairs to bed...how boring!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Aspen

    Sits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Zero

    *hold up his Z-Buster (arm cannon) at ash* oh nothing, you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Ash

    Flips her hair over her shoulder. Threateningly holds up a gun. "What did I miss?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Jackson

    A portal opens an he summer saults onto a tree branch . Watches everyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    MEGA MAN SUCKS

    Legend of Zelda.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Truleigh

    Laughs that would be funny sorry i had to go mom was being a but last night

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Amy

    Welcomr then grab a weapon and show me whag you got

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Very nice follow up to the first installment.

    Hobb's writing style is great for Adults. She takes the time to fully develop characters and interpersonal relationships. As for the folks clamoring for non-stop fighting action, I would humbly suggest you delve into the Political Intrigue described in the court at Buckkeep. If you allow yourself to be immersed into that world you will find more than enough "action". Of course there are still many raw action fight scences and such as well. Think of it this way: One of my favorite Movies of all time was Braveheart. It had EVERYTHING! Strong Characters,amazing fight sequences, a Love story, political intrigue, Battle strategy and best of all, they allowed the main character to suffer huge losses so that when he finally starting getting some payback it was that much sweeter. This series is clearly using that formula very effectively. Patience my friends. Think how great it will be when Prince Regal finally gets his comeuppance :-)

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Detailed and evocative - very good read

    I find I have to pace myself reading this book... I get overwhelmed by the story otherwise. The author has written what reads as an intensely personal memoir of a man who was outcast from birth, although part of the royal family. As he learns what it means to be a part of his grandfather's court in this alternate world, he carries the reader along through pain and triumph. The title and cover almost do the book an injustice... it is much more than a fantasy. It is an exploration of how humans interact, help and harm each other, and create their world. Excellent, in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Ok little boreing

    Mc

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    Looooooved the Farseer Trilogy and the follow up to falling in l

    Looooooved the Farseer Trilogy and the follow up to falling in love with the Fool, The Tawny Man Trilogy. Great books. Great characters. Great writing. Highly recommend you start reading Robin Hobb!!

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