I FINALLY Read Assassin’s Apprentice by: Robin Hobb Review

Series: The Farseer Trilogy #1
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: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.

Review: I genuinely do not have words. It is not often a book comes along and absolutely takes my breath away. That is exactly what Assassin’s Apprentice did. I have waited SO LONG to read this book, simply because I have been so overwhelmed at the idea of starting a 16 book series. It also is so often described that it has a “classic fantasy” feel and that is not a genre that I have much positive experience with. I am definitely a more modern fantasy fan.
The only negative things that I see about this book are that people are “bored” throughout this series and that was not at all my experience with it. I started this book through our time of social distancing and I was so immersed and engaged the entire time.
My love for Fitz was instant and I would honestly read millions of books following him. I do not usually love following child main characters within adult fantasy, but this really worked. The connection that I felt with Fitz was immediately and I felt my heart breaking for him time and time again. I really really loved the atmosphere that Hobb created, as well as the politics within the world. I also enjoyed the writing. It was the perfect mix of descriptive yet approachable.
I do not have much more to say about this book, I just really urge you all to pick it up! Do not be like me and get intimidated and put it off. Treat yourself and pick this one up!


  1. Ahh, another fantasy fan!! It’s my favourite genre! I’ve not actually heard too much about this series but you’ve intrigued me. I love how you managed to form an attachment to the MC quite quickly too. Do you have a Bloglovin to follow? 🙂

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