Author: Robin Hobb // First published: April 1995 // Genre: Fantasy
This edition: 392 pages, published in March 2014 by Harper Voyager // Get it @TheBookDepository
Read in August 2016
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.
Have you heard of Robin Hobb before? I’m not sure, she’s an up and coming fantasy author who has written just a couple of books.
Just kidding, Robin Hobb is a juggernaut of the fantasy world and has written boatloads of books, and I can’t go a day without seeing a picture of her books on Instagram or Tumblr. But up until now, I hadn’t read a single book by her, and I felt a little left out.
When I finally decided to pick up Assassin’s Apprentice, it was a little intimidating, because so many people sing the praises of these books, that it almost felt like I was about to read the best piece of fantasy literature ever, and I had to love it. Which of course resulted in me just finding it okay.
The first couple of chapters did not grab my attention at all. The more I read, the more I questioned if maybe I was tricked, because surely this could not be the great thing that people said it was. Fortunately it got better chapter after chapter, and I started to get into it, into the story, the characters… And it left me with a lot of questions about the world I was reading about.
And that’s where I don’t know if I like it too much or not. This book is clearly a book one in a series. It’s not the kind of thing I usually care too much about, but a lot of the questions I had were not answered, and when I went to my resident Hobb-fan friends, they told me that some of my questions would take several books/series to get answered.
Again, it’s not the worst thing ever in a series, having to wait until the last book to get some closure, but Hobb’s universe is so big and contains so many series, that I don’t know if I really want to commit to read all of it to answer the questions I had in Book 1 of Series 1.
I will finish this series, because I’m curious to read more. But at this point I don’t know if I’ll read all of Hobb’s books. At least right now I don’t plan to.
Overall I liked Assassin’s Apprentice. I’m not giving it the highest score because it did not grab me as I expected it too, but there are definitely some good things about it. I liked the characters, I wanted to know more about the Wit and the Skill, and it mainly is an easy read, which is always welcome.