Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice

By Robin Hobb

  • Release Date: 1996-03-01
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 491 Ratings


“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin 
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.
Praise for Robin Hobb and Assassin’s Apprentice
“A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies . . . a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne.”Publishers Weekly
“This is the kind of book you fall into, and start reading slower as you get to the end, because you don’t want it to be over.”—Steven Brust


  • Not for me

    By Butterwaffle
    Well written, but the characters are not likable. Also, it was irritating that neither the characters nor the narrator attempt to systematize or explain how magic works in the book's world. While it probably serves the author's purpose (say to put readers in a slightly confused or apprehensive state), it's hard to appreciate.
  • Almost excellent..

    By whateverdoyouwantforaname
    Would have given it 5 stars, but his talent to "repel" people disappears after the beginning of the book, I guess to further the plot.
  • Couldn't Put It Down

    By Birdieman6
    Very interesting plot, great cast of characters. I hope the next books in the series have as much to offer. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
  • Line height so bad I can't read it

    By Jack McDade
    This iBook is formatted so poorly I can't get into a reading flow. The line heights are so far apart it hurts my brain.
  • Outstanding start to a fantasy series

    By askmar
    Assassin's Apprentice is a engrossing, throughly enjoyable read. Well plotted and with well thought out characters. I look forward to the next book in the series.
  • Wow :-)

    By Mikekcatt
    Where to start, got this hoping it was similar to George RR martins of fire and ice however this book and I'm sure this series is in my opinion BETTER even on the new paperbacks Martin says" how fantasy should be written" Hobb really knows how to put you in this realm she created and having just finished this I immediately bought the rest of the trilogy I am so excited about this book that I am ignoring all grammatical errors from this review Robin Hobb has stolen my heart and I never want it back she has earned it love this story love Robin Hobb ud have to be a fool not to open up to this story no this experience
  • Not to bad

    By JScottL1962
    The book starts kind of slow and understanding but the more you read, the more it gets better and better. Enjoyed very much and recommend it to read.
  • Interesting and lively

    By reymin
    This is a great read. Interesting and lively. Once you read this book, you will want to pick up the next one in the series.
  • Wonderful!

    By Strewdy
    A modern day instant classic. Many thanks to Robin for such a delightful gift.

    By jtmplumber
    I tried to read this book four times. All the great reviews told me I must be missing something. I read Crossroads of Twilight, I know slow books, but this was a whole new level. I came to the point that if I have to FORCE myself to read something I'm missing the point. I just couldn't do it....