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!