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.
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.
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