Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice begins the story of a bastard of the royal house, a young man who is trained in the mystic arts of the assassin and who may become the savior of his kingdom.âFantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobbâs books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.ââGeorge R. R. Martin .Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his fatherâs gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitzâs blood runs the magic Skillâand the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.. Praise for Robin Hobb and Assassinâs Apprentice. âA gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies . . . a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne.â âPublishers Weekly. âThis is the kind of book you fall into, and start reading slower as you get to the end, because you donât want it to be over.â âSteven Brust
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