Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)

By Robin Hobb

  • Release Date: 2011-08-01
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 451 Ratings
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‘Fantasy as it ought to be written’ George R.R. Martin

The kingdom of the Six Duchies is on the brink of civil war when news breaks that the crown prince has fathered a bastard son and is shamed into abdication. The child’s name is Fitz, and his is despised.

Raised in the castle stables, only the company of the king’s fool, the ragged children of the lower city and his unusual affinity with animals provide Fitz with any comfort.

To be useful to the crown, Fitz is trained as an assassin; and to use the traditional magic of the Farseer family. But his tutor, allied to another political faction, is determined to discredit, even kill him. Fitz must survive: for he may be destined to save the kingdom.


'What makes her novels addictive is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics' The Times

‘Hobb is superb’ Conn Iggulden

‘Hobb is a remarkable storyteller’ Guardian

About the author

Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction. She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska, where she learned how to raise a wolf cub, to skin a moose and to survive in the wilderness. When she married a fisherman who fished herring and the Kodiak salmon-run for half the year, these skills would stand her in good stead. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington State.


  • Assassins apprentice

    By Moodytoo
    I've never been so captivated by characters and storytelling. There brilliant. So if you don't have time to devote the next year to reading this and all subsequent books in the series (and believe me you'll want to) then best not start. What am I saying! Of course you should start. TODAY
  • Well written but more flat than a Friday night ding-dong with you best mates Grandmother.

    By Vikinmat
    Just finished the latest book by Brent Weeks...totally amazing read and needed something equally as awesome and action packed to move on to. I'd never read a Robin Hobb book before but I read the reviews for 'Assassin's Apprentice'...."great book" it said. "Fantasy as its meant to be written" George commented. I thought, wow, this must be good if George likes it. Downloaded it. Read the first half...waited for something to happen. Read the second half....still not much happening. Finished the book tremendously unsatisfied. The book is well written, no doubt about that, but geez man! Throw a little action in once in a while. It's like reading a well written book on ordinance survey. I've known pamphlets for water parks to have more literary excitement than this book. But I persevered and downloaded the second book. I figured it can't get any worse.....well, as it turns out, it can. Half way through, still having less tension than a paraplegics jockstrap, I decided it was time to stop reading. The second book in my entire life I had to stop reading for sake of passing out from boredom and suffocating on my own tongue. It's a shame because the plot and characters really do have the potential to be a great book but it goes on and on about nonsense and blah, blah, blah for so long you kind of lose interest in what was happening. It's a love story but it's's an action book without the action. It's definitely a book to read before bed as you'll be sure to be counting sheep in no time with this one. I'm sorry Robin but I couldn't carry on for the sake of my own health and safety.
  • Awesome!

    By L4M6
    Great book. Very well written.
  • Excellent choice of trilogy

    By RustyPredictor
    A great trilogy. Characters you want to read about, a good plot and well written, such that both my wife and I have flown through all 3 books. Prior to buying, I was worried the magical elements may be too much for me to enjoy, but they form part of the story rather than being about them, and are really believable. I now think of my own family and dog as 'pack' though I've not yet been able to 'skill' to them! The fist book is great, the second better. The mountain trail is a little long in the third, but the ending is excellent. I'm really looking forwards to reading more about Fitz, the Fool and Nighteyes in the next trilogy.
  • Assassins Apprentice

    By Neil8358
    Great book for the first free one, though I was hooked,I'm am not willing to pay the cost of book 2 neither the higher price for book 3! For a digital copy of book 2 slightly high, book 3 daylight robbery, perhaps Robin Hobb and others should perhaps be called or renamed Robin Hood? The first book Assassins Apprentice was free, nice bit of fishing, caught hook line and sinker! Great fantastic read, pity the cost of other books in the trilogy! Digital copy? No printing nor binding, why charge your readers with extortionate raising costs per book??? First book in the trilogy a fantastic read, other than that not willing to pay the cost for book two or three. Sadly disappointed, Assassins Apprentice was great, but charge of the other two in the trilogy
  • Assassins apprentice

    By Diecutternutter
    Enthralling from beginning to end. Easy to read and yet spilling with intrigue and mystery.
  • I won't lie...

    By Kellie999
    This book took me a bit of getting into, if it wasn't for a friend telling me to persevere I would have given up. The story throws you in at the deep end a little you find yourself submerged into the world almost straight away, so took me a minute to get into it. Don't be put off by the fact it starts from a child's point of view, before you know it Fitz is growing up through the story. This is a must read, the story is compelling and the characters interesting. Would highly recommend to any age or gender. Not sure why it hasn't been made into a film/TV series ?!
  • A great book

    By Hayley Josh
    I loved reading this book and it has a few twists as it progresses I recommend this to any fantasy book fan.
  • Fantasy at its epic best!

    By TheBookofJo
    I've had both trilogies for many years; they are re-read frequently and belong to my "recommend but never lend" section. Robin Hobb creates a fantasy world that the reader is immersed in from the outset; your emotions ricochet from high to low as you accompany Fitz on his journey, guessing the inevitable (or so you think!) conclusion but hoping against hope for a twist. If you're a fan of Pratchett, Gemmell or Eddings, or even Tolkien, then this is a must. Buy. Read. Love.
  • THE Best

    By --Riz1--
    The best book ever!!! 👍