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Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb - Bogormen
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Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb
Title: Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, #1)
Author: Robin Hobb
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 480
Date read: August, 2009

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.

Slow to start, but when it grabbed my attention, it didn't voluntarily give it up again. My heart went out to Fitz, and I thought he was being used very badly by just about everybody.

Though it can mostly stand on its own, there are some threads left hanging, making me curious enough to want to pick up the next in the series, while not being unduely frustrated by the ending of this one.

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