I’m very picky about my fantasy books since I don’t tend to be drawn to them often. What drew me to this one was most likely a review on YoutTube. I purchased the book and it sat in my closet for some time. I read a few pages and put it down again, not piquing my interest at that time. I decided to give it another try this week so I started it from the beginning. What kept me reading were the well developed characters, slow burn plot, a fully realized world with a sprinkling of fantasy and magic to whet the appetite. If one were to take out the fantasy aspects of the novel, it would read like a historical fiction, which I particularly like to read.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb is a fantasy novel about a young boy name Fitz and the fate he was dealt being born a bastard of a prince. The first of a trilogy, this books starts out when he is abandoned by his grandfather at the age of six and taken to the king to care of.
In the current state of the world, Assassin’s Apprentice was able to take me away for sometime to another world without overwhelming with too much fantastical details. The pacing is slow compared to other fantasy novels I’ve read in the past but I didn’t mind it. Most of the chapters, especially in the beginning, were wrapped up neatly like little short stories but as the story progressed, the action flowed nicely between each chapter.
I did find one con, which wasn’t that big of a deal and soon got used to it, was that in the beginning of each chapter there is a few paragraphs from the point of view of the main character narrating from the future. I’ve seen this done in other fantasy novels and I don’t much care for it. But in this book, I was okay with it because it explained crucial points and by the end I was glad for them. Sometimes it takes away from the main story but here, it was well done.
“Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.” – Robin Hobb, Assassin’s Apprentice
I read reviews that the other two books get deeper into magic system but I don’t mind one bit. This book is for anyone who wants to try fantasy with a coming of age journey of a young boy. I will be reading a couple other books but I will continue on to the second book of this series.
Thank for reading,