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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (48,498 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Hobb Narrator: J. Paul Boehme Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Farseer Trilogy Release Date:
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With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, Assassin’s Apprentice is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin’s Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal household by his father’s gruff stableman. An outcast whose existence has forced his father to abdicate his claim on the throne, Fitz is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in the young man’s blood is a heritage of magic, the talent called the Skill, as well as an even more mysterious ability.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts and leave behind the zombie-like husks of the townspeople to prowl the countryside, Fitz is growing toward manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission—a mission that poses as much a threat to himself as it does for his target. For Fitz is a threat to the throne … but he may also be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies and Arthurian romances.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gracefully written”

    Library Journal

  • “Intriguing, controlled, and remarkably assured…at once satisfyingly self-contained yet leaving plenty of scope for future extensions and embellishments.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gail | 2/12/2014

    " I read this book many years ago when it first came out and have loved the series ever since. Fitz, the young orphan boy, grows to maturity through several baptisms of fire in the series, each more heart wrenching than the last. Loved the books. Would happily read again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 2/11/2014

    " It was okay. I read it quite a while ago and it didn't exactly thrill me, but it was a competent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helen | 2/7/2014

    " The BEST trilogy EVER! Nuf said! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joyce | 1/25/2014

    " I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. I am looking forward to the next book. "

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