Robin Hobb - Assassin's Apprentice

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  • Powerful fantasy series begins

    May 3, 2009 by dolphinboy is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The writing, character development, plot complexity, setting development, and the writing (plus, the writing).
    Cons: This is not light reading, nor is it for the squeamish.

    Summary: After you get used to the characters' names . . . . . . you will find great story-telling here. The illegitimate sons of kings often play major roles in great stories. King Arthur and Mordred are two early examples, and much more ... read more

  • Assassin Back

    Mar 12, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun, fast-paced fantasy; detailed setting.
    Cons: Extremely cheesy cover art; prose is not subtle.

    Summary: Like everyone else who’s slowly going crazy waiting for book 5 of Song of Ice and Fire, I’ve been forced to seek out alternatives to tide myself over. A friend of mine recommended the Farseer trilogy (of which Assassin’s Apprentice is book 1), and when ... read more

  • "Assassin's Apprentice", Horrid Enough To Kill

    Jul 31, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some decent characters. A few promising beginnings
    Cons: Unlikable, Unrelatable characters. Mediocre writing. Poor plot choices. Most everything...

    Summary: At the age of 6, a young boy is brought to Prince Verity, son of the King. The boy is the bastard son of Prince Chivalry, the King-In-Waiting, and a country woman whose father no longer wishes to care for the boy. Because leaving a bastard child out in ... read more

  • A Breath of Fresh Air in Fantasy Novels

    Aug 17, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An overall pleasantly intricate and engrosing tale.
    Cons: As far as novels go, this one opens very slowly.

    Summary: As far as fantasy books are concerned, Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, left me pleasantly surprised. I had originally heard of the book through a close friend, who’s “must read” ravings enticed me enough to beg the book from him upon his ... read more

  • "A bastard is a unique thing." So is Assassin's Apprentice.

    Aug 3, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Character development. Pacing. And almost everything else.
    Cons: Very little.

    Summary: "Useless bastards are a liability to royalty." – Rurisk A bastard is a dangerous thing to leave lying around. King Shrewd, as his name would suggest, is well aware of this. When his illegitimate grandson comes to light, Shrewd ... read more

  • Assassins Apprentice- not your run of the mill fantasy novel

    Jan 3, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Doesn't follow the tradition fantasy novel formula religiously
    Cons: Rather tragic.

    Summary: I don't fancy myself a critic so I won't bore you with my opinions on the technicalities of this work. However, I will tell you that this book is the most satisfying novel i have read for a long time. It's right up there with Lord of the Rings and Dune ... read more

  • Strike three, you are out!

    Apr 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting concept.
    Cons: Character development, plot credibility, writing style.

    Summary: Did you ever know a real hypochondriac? I mean that kind of person who complains about everything so much that all you can do is to think: please, die already!. Well, that’s exactly what you will think about the main character of the book, Fitz. ... read more

  • So much potential left untapped...

    Jan 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A very novel concept.
    Cons: Too much detail hurts the overall story, flat characters,

    Summary: Robin Hobb's debut left me wondering. Should the editor of the book require him to rewrite the book once more? Or was simply the publisher desperate to enter the suddenly-so-popular royal court-based fantasy that he rushed the book before it was due? ... read more

  • An Exciting Addition To Great Fantasy

    Nov 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: New and Unique writing style, and a great story
    Cons: A little slow in the begining, but worth the wait

    Summary: Robin Hobb's Assassin's Apprentice is going to be a fantasy classic. This story is a new and exciting look into the world of epic fantasy. With its strong charaters and plot it keeps you wanting for more, and doesn't leave you lacking. I first ... read more

  • A great series

    Nov 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: well written, good plot
    Cons: the series lost impetus after the 2nd book.

    Summary: I found this book in the library and subsequently read several more in the series. Its in the same style as many other fantasy books, a young man in humble position in society has a series of adventures and finally comes into his true inheritance. The ... read more

  • ANOTHER CLASSIC FANTASY SERIES

    Sep 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's a trilogy! Don't stop after book one!
    Cons: It's only a trilogy so far! Bring on more!

    Summary: Assassin's Apprentice is book one of the Farseer Trilogy now out from Robin Hobb. The central character of Fitz, the royal bastard, is a refreshingly original character whose life in the royal household is followed throughout the trilogy. Hobb is an ... read more

  • Robin Hobb's newest fan!

    Aug 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy read -- very entertaining.
    Cons: would like to know more background of the boy

    Summary: I was mailed the first book of the Farseer Trilogy, Assassin's Apprentice by my father, who regularly trades books with me. He hadn't mentioned anything in particular to me about the book and so it sat on my shelf for over six months just waiting for me ... read more

  • Assassin with a heart.

    Apr 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Characters, plot, style
    Cons: none

    Summary: I found this novel when browsing through my local library, the title caught my eye and I decided to give it a try. It turned out to be a good novel making me desire to read Royal Assassin which happens to be the next in the series. Robin ... read more

  • The paradox of realistic fantasy

    Apr 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Heavy-duty plot with characters that have arches
    Cons: Don't be silly

    Summary: Assassin's Apprentice starts off one of the best series of fantasy novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It relies more on a heavy-duty story and interesting characters, than high-fantasy cliches or Eternal Struggles Between Good And ... read more

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