Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb


Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s 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 Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and 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.


I am such an indecisive person and to prove this I will tell you what I absolutely loved about this book and what I knocked a star off for: The writing.  LOOK I DON’T KNOW WHATS UP WITH ME EITHER but that’s a later thing to deal with.

This book is pure High Fantasy, everything I could want and expect from a high fantasy story. Amazing and detailed world building, an awesome description of the Royal family and surrounding town, a bastard child of the would be next in line, a kid with no name trained to become an Assassin for his king. The narration describes all that’s happening around Fitz with such detail it’s hard not to see this as a movie playing in my mind. The character relationships Fitz makes are all so well done and unique I never felt a side character was there for no reason. Fitz himself was a great protagonist, a little dull in the start but c’mon how much can we expect from the ages of 6-11.

Even Harry only started being cool at 11, ages 6-11? Nothing interesting to be seen here xD

The thing that kept me arms length from becoming a fangirl is the narration… which I KNOW I just said I liked but being told in the style of an older Fitz telling his own story makes me instantly know everything’s going to be semi ok, I mean being a series I already know our MC isn’t going to drop dead but I like the option ya know? It just took the edge out of certain situations.

Really the last 100 pages made the book for me but without the other 400 or so I wouldn’t have been so immersed in this world or the characters.

The side characters, the animals, Fitz growing into himself and his skills is an adventure in itself but teamed with townsfolk being turned (fast)Zombie-ish minus brain eating forged and the Red Raiders wanting to over throw the Duchies and Royals I can’t wait to see where Fitz journey takes me next.

4/5 stars

Have you read this? What did you think of Fitz?

Are you like me and sweating about the fact there is 15 books by Hobb on your TBR right now and you’re so far behind I need to catch up and find some more shelf space xD

7 thoughts on “Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb

  1. Hahaha, I love this: “Are you like me and sweating about the fact there is 15 books by Hobb on your TBR right now and you’re so far behind I need to catch up and find some more shelf space xD”

    Yes. Yes and Yes. I’ve had Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice on my TBR forever, actually. I thought there was only one trilogy, but recently I discovered the 16th book just came out. WHAT?! I don’t have time for thaaaaatttt. But I know I’ll read it.

    I honestly don’t think I would have considered that Fitz survives if you hadn’t pointed that out here. But, I can understand how that would be distracting. Perhaps he doesn’t narrate all 16 books?

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    1. I think it’s split, so same world but diff characters? I know AA is only a trilogy and then there’s a new set of books I couldn’t really see Fitz story going for 16 books but I’m sure he cameos in a lot. I guess we’ll find out when we read them XD THERE”S JUST SO MANY!


  2. I love this book. The Farseer Trilogy is my second favorite fantasy series after the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Hobb has a tendency to make you care about most of her characters, not just the main one, but even the secondary and thirdary (is that a word?) ones. There have been chapters in her books in which a character is only around for a couple of chapters, but I have grown to love those characters, wishing I could know more about them.

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    1. So mnay people adore Hobb I’m so happy to finally jump on the Hobb train and read all her books. I own the rest of this trilogy and the Liveship traders so I’m excited to binge read them all soon 😀
      She really does have an awesome way of making side characters come to life 🙂

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