Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb


This is the beginning of the story of the assassin known as Fitz. I first read the book Fool’s Errand some time ago and realised afterwards that Assassin’s Apprentice is where the story begins. Fool’s Errand is a later trilogy where Fitz is older and I had to start at the begining after enjoying Fool’s Errand so much.

It can be hard to explain properly what makes a book so intriguing and why you like it so much. I read half of this book without even realising how much I’d read. This is one of those books where you do lose all perception of time, you are right there in the story world and read so much without effort.

There’s so much going on in this book and you can’t see it before it happens, it’s seamless. The characters are great and the settings, culture and history are rich and absorbing. I can only wonder at Robin Hobb’s ability to write a fantasy novel with such a immense world.

There’s a lot of politics in this book but I didn’t really think “oh, boring politics” but more that the politics were causing the events and problems that Fitz is affected by and this novel is never boring!

I loved this book. It’s a perfect read and I can’t wait to continue with the next one and be back in this world again.

Assassin’s Apprentice is part one of The Farseer Trilogy despite it being part of a trilogy, there are no loose ends or deliberatly drawn out story line like you usually find in books that have a follow up. You finish this book satisfied that everything is concluded but also wanting more.

Recommend to all readers 🙂



I love the cover, who doesn’t love a gorgeous cover? And do you ever know you designs it? I found out after I’d bought this book that an artist I was following on Twitter designed this cover :0

And I just now discovered her work is/was actually in a gallery in Tenby my favourite place :0

Jackie Morris, you can read about how she designed this particular cover here

3 thoughts on “Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb”

  1. I agree with you about the cover! It’s beautiful and very fitting to the book’s theme. As for the book, it took me a while to get into it, as it is so slow, but in the end it was worth it! This is one of the books that you just read and feel like you’re spending your day with the character. And it’s true that you could read the first book in the series and have your closure, but once you finished it, could you stop?

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