Robin Hobb is one of my all time favourite authors and has created an amazingly moving tale in The Farseer Trilogy. Assassins Apprentice is the story of How a young boy becomes in service to his King, being educated in the arts of killing invisibly. FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard son of Chivalry, the King-in-waiting, although is not known about until he is given over by his maternal grandfather to his fathers people to raise when he was only small. Fitz never meets his father and it is Burrich, Chivalry’s man and Royal Stable Master, who cares for him giving him a place to sleep and ensuring he was fed. King Shrewd, who is also Fitz’s uncle, deems the boy to be an asset to the crown and therefore brings him into them old early, making Fitz a sworn Kings man.
True to his word Shrewd sees Fitz is educated in the way of a prince to the dismay of his youngest son Regal, with certain elements detracted as fit for a bastard and the addition of some questionable lessons. Chade, the Kings current assassin being the main contributor of his extra curricular activities, and later Galen who teaches him the Royal magics of the Skill. Fitz also shows an affinity for something called the Wit. A gift that allows the user to communicate and form bonds with animals. It is looked upon as an evil form of magic and many ugly stories have formed about those who use it. However, this does not deter Fitz and he forms at least two memorable bonds with animals in this fantastic novel.
The characters in this novel are depicted so clearly that I can almost see them when I close my eyes. The town of Buck, with its stone paved roads and buildings the high walls of the keep, is all described so clearly and beautifully that I could almost walk the streets myself and find my way as easily as the characters in the story. An emotional rainbow is felt for each character, but I found my heart soar when Fitz does when he is running with Nosy, and my heart break when Smithy is murdered. But the ending and the last sacrifice Nosy made made heartfelt tears stream from my eyes.
I have truly enjoyed Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb. It isn’t the first time I have read this book and sunk deep into the fantasy world where the Skill and the Wit are forces of magic that exist, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels from the age group of young adult up. Fantastic read that left me aching for the loss of a dear friend. I give this book the rating of 10/10 stars.