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Summary of Assassin’s 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.
Six year old Fitz is marched by his maternal grandfather to the Farseer’s army base in Moonseye, the Six Duchies’ outpost on the borders of the Mountain kingdom, currently under the command of Prince Verity, the second Son of King Shrewd. He is given to a soldier, who is told that he is King-in-Waiting Chivalry’s bastard son. The soldier brings him to Prince Verity who orders that he be given into the care of Burrich, Chivalry’s own stableman. With Burrich, Fitz travels to Buckkeep, the seat of the Farseers. In order to protect Fitz by not allowing them to be associated through contact as well as through blood, his father Chivalry abdicates from the post of King-in-Waiting and with his wife the Lady Patience retires to the royal holdings of Withywoods before Fitz arrives. Fitz never recalls that he met Chivalry but develops a bond with his father’s brother, Verity. Chivalry’s and Verity’s younger half-brother, Regal, despises Fitz and treats him badly when he arrives.
Burrich, his father’s right-hand man is left with the raising of the newly named Fitz Chivalry, which he does as well as he is able, taking Fitz on as a stable boy. Fitz quickly learns his duties and for a year or so lives with Burrich caring for the animals in the stables. Fitz, however, is lonely, and becomes a close friend of a young dog named Nosy. Fitz possesses what is known as “The Wit,” an ancient and distrusted magic which allows him to bond telepathically with animals. He ‘bonds’ with Nosy and the two become fast friends. Burrich, however, discovers Fitz’s bond and with apparent disgust takes Nosy away, thus breaking the bond. Fitz believes him to have killed the dog, and afterwards is fearful of Burrich, believing his life just as easy for Burrich to take. The only other companionship Fitz finds is with children living in Buckkeep town — in particular, a girl called Molly who is two years his senior.
Eventually Fitz agrees to become a “King’s Man” to King Shrewd and is bound by oath to serve the king. He is taken into King Shrewd’s service and moves into the castle proper. Here he is schooled and is taught basic combat skills by Hod, the weaponmaster. One night he is also introduced to a recluse named Chade, who is a skilled assassin. Fitz agrees to learn Chade’s skills as he is desperately lonely and seemingly has no other prospects. So during his childhood he is taught the ways of an assassin. He shows great talent in his duties and is able to complete the minor tasks given to him by the king. Meanwhile, news comes from Withywoods of Chivalry’s death – it is said that he was thrown from a horse, but it is strongly suspected that Queen Desire, King Shrewd’s second wife and Regal’s mother, has had him assassinated.
Assassin’s Apprentice Author – Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb is a New York Times best-selling fantasy author. She is published in English in the US, UK and Australia, and her works have been widely translated. Her short stories have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, as well as winning the Asimov’s Readers Award. Her best known series is The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin’s Quest.)
Robin Hobb was born in Oakland California, but grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has spent her life mostly in the Pacific Nortwest region of the US, and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington State, with her husband Fred. They have four grown offspring, and six grandchildren.
Robin Hobb is a pen name for Margaret Ogden. She has also written under the name Megan Lindholm.
She published her first short story for children when she was 18,and for some years wrote as a journalist and children’s writer. Her stories for children were published in magazines such as Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine for Little Children, Jack & Jill and Highlights for Children. She also created educational reading material for children for a programmed reading series by SRA (Science Research Associates.) She received a grant award from the Alaska State Council on the arts for her short story “The Poaching”, published in Finding Our Boundaries in 1980.
Fantasy and Science Fiction had always been her two favorite genres, and in the late 70’s she began to write in them. Her initial works were published in small press ‘fanzines’ such as Space and Time (editor Gordon Linzner). Her first professionally published story was “Bones for Dulath” that appeared in the Ace anthology AMAZONS!, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson in 1979. A short time later, a second Ki and Vandien story entitled The Small One was published in FANTASTIC in 1980.
During that time period, she and her family had moved from Alaska to Hawaii, and subsequently to Washington State, where they settled. She had various money making occupations (waitress, salesperson, etc.) while striving with her writing. Her husband Fred continued to fish Alaskan waters and was home only about 3 months out of every year. The family lived on a small farm in rural Roy where they raised lots of vegetables, chickens, ducks, geese and other small livestock.
In 1983, her first novel, Harpy’s Flight, was published by Ace under the pen name Megan Lindholm. Her later titles under that name included Wizard of the Pigeons, Alien Earth, Luck of the Wheels, and Cloven Hooves.
In 1995, she launched her best selling series of books set in the Realm of the Elderlings. At that time, she began writing as Robin Hobb. Her first trilogy of books were about her popular characters, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool. The Farseer Trilogy is comprised of Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest. These books were followed by The Liveship Traders trilogy, set in the same world. The Tawny Man trilogy returned to the tale of Fitz and the Fool. Most recently, the four volumes of the Rain Wilds Chronicles were published: Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons.
In 2013, it was announced that she would return to her best-loved characters with a new trilogy, The Fitz and the Fool trilogy. The first volume, Fool’s Assassin, will be published in August of 2014. Other works as Robin Hobb include The Soldier Son trilogy and short stories published in various anthologies. A collection of her shorter works as both Lindholm and Hobb is available in The Inheritance. She continues to reside in Tacoma, Washington, with frequent visits to the pocket farm in Roy.
Assassin’s Apprentice Quotes
- “When you cut pieces out of the truth to avoid looking like a fool you end up looking like a moron instead.”
- “Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”
- “Very little worth knowing is taught by fear.”
- “Nothing takes the heart out of a man more than the expectation of failure.”
- “When you spring to an idea, and decide it is true, without evidence, you blind yourself to other possibilities.”
- “Too late to apologize, I’ve already forgiven you.”
- “When considering a man’s motives, remember you must not measure his wheat with your bushel. He may not be using the same standard at all.”
- “That is the trick of good government. To make folk desire to live in such a way that there is no need for its intervention.”
- “Men cannot grieve as dogs do. But they grieve for many years.”
- “All events, no matter how earthshaking or bizarre, are diluted within moments of their occurrence the the continuance of the necessary routines of day-to-day.
- Most prisons are of our own making. A man makes his own freedom, too.
- When you cut pieces out of the truth to avoid looking like a fool, you end up sounding like a moron instead.
- We left. Walking uphill and into the wind. That suddenly seemed a metaphor for my whole life.
- “Learning is never wrong. Even learning how to kill isn’t wrong. Or right. It’s just a thing to learn, a thing I can teach you. That’s all.”
- “Most prisons are of our own making. A man makes his own freedom, too.”
- “My silences he mistook for a lack of wit rather than a lack of any need to speak.”
- “People are intimidated by a man who acts with no apparent regard for consequences. Behave as if you cannot be touched and no one will dare to touch you.”
- “It doesn’t have to be that bad,’ Chade said quietly. ‘Most prisons are of our own making. A man makes his own freedom, too.”
- “How do you politely explain to someone that you had believed for years he was a moron as well as a Fool?
- Fitz in Assassin’s Apprentice”
- “Utter loneliness was planted in me then, and sent its deep roots down into me.”
- “The art of diplomacy is the luck of knowing more of your rival’s secrets than he knows of yours.”
- “All events, no matter how earthshaking or bizarre, are diluted within moments of their occurrence by the continuance of the necessary routines of day-to-day living.”
- “Chade, I know the Fool is strange. But I like it when he comes to talk to me. He speaks in riddles, and he insults me, and makes fun of me, and gives himself leave to tell me things he thinks I should do, like wash my hair, or not wear yellow. But (…) I like him. He mocks me, but from him, it seems a kindness. He makes me feel, well, important. That he could choose me to talk to.”
- “It was inside me. The more I sought it, the stronger it grew. It loved me. Loved me even if I couldn’t, wouldn’t, didn’t love myself. Love me even if I hated it. It set its tiny teeth in my soul and braced and held so that I couldn’t crawl any further. And when I tried, a howl of despair burst from it, searing me, forbidding me to break so sacred trust.
- “My perception of my life crashed from high tragedy to juvenile self-pity in a matter of moments.”
- “One had a knife. But I had a staff and was trained to use it.”
- “One can only walk so far from one’s true self before the bond either snaps, or pulls back. I am fortunate. I have been pulled back.”
- “I think myself cured of all spite, but when I touch pen to paper, the hurt of a boy bleeds out with sea-spawned ink, until I suspect each carefully formed black letter scabs over some ancient scarlet wound.”
- “I’d rather I was a stray pup,’ I said boldly. And then all my fears broke my voice as I added, “You wouldn’t let them do this to a stray pup, changing everything all at once. When they gave the bloodhound puppy to Lord Grimsby, you sent your old shirt with it, so it would have something that smelled of home until it settled in.’
- And puppy-like, I went to him, the only master I had, and he thumped me lightly on the back and rumbled up my hair, very much as if I had been a hound.”
- “I do not know whom I wish to win; until I do, I will let no player be eliminated.”
- “And tomorrow we’ll do the same again. And again. Until one day you get up and find out that whatever it was didn’t kill you after all.”
- “When a man says that, it usually means, “No, I won’t but from time to time, I’ll toy with the idea, so I can pretend I eventually intend to do it.”
“Because your heart will be hammered against him, and your strength will be tempered in his fire.”
Assassin’s Apprentice Book Information (Amazon)
- Publisher : Spectra (March 1, 1996)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 055357339X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553573398
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.15 x 0.95 x 6.84 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #93 in Arthurian Fantasy (Books)
- #774 in Coming of Age Fantasy
- #1,593 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars 6,908 ratings
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Editorial reviews and praise for Assassin’s Apprentice
“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin
“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.
At Buckkeep in the Six Duchies, young Fitz, the bastard son of Prince Chivalry, is raised as a stablehand by old warrior Burrich. But when Chivalry dies without legitimate issue—murdered, it’s rumored—Fitz, at the orders of King Shrewd, is brought into the palace and trained in the knightly and courtly arts. Meanwhile, secretly at night, he receives instruction from another bastard, Chade, in the assassin’s craft. Now, King Shrewd’s subjects are imperiled by the visits of the Red-Ship Raiders—formidable warriors who pillage the seacoasts and turn their human victims into vicious, destructive zombies. Since rehabilitating the zombies proves impossible, it’s Fitz’s task to go abroad covertly and kill them as quickly and humanely as possible. Shrewd orders that Fitz be taught the Skill—mental powers of telepathy and coercion possessed by all those of the royal line; his teacher is Galen, a sadistic ally of the popinjay Prince Regal, who hates Fitz all the more for his loyalty to Shrewd’s other son, the stalwart soldier Verity. Galen brutalizes Fitz and, unknown to anyone, implants a mental block that prevents Fitz from using the Skill. Later, Shrewd decrees that, to cement an alliance, Verity shall wed the Princess Kettricken, heir to a remote yet rich mountain kingdom. Verity, occupied with Skillfully keeping the Red-Ship Raiders at bay, can’t go to collect his bride, so Regal and Fitz are sent. Finally, Fitz must discover the depths of Regal’s perfidy, recapture his true Skill, win Kettricken’s heart for Verity, and help Verity defeat the Raiders. An intriguing, controlled, and remarkably assured debut, at once satisfyingly self-contained yet leaving plenty of scope for future extensions and embellishments. –Kirkus reviews
Reviews from customers on Amazon
Some of the most satisfying fantasy reading you’ll ever get
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2017
I read on the average of about 125-150 books a year. Most of them in the fantasy genre. I’m a 48 – year-old woman, so I’ve put away tons of books in my time. This fantasy series is in my top 3 most enjoyable and engaging epic fantasy reads of all time. The characters of Fitzchivalry and The Fool are easily some of the most memorable characters of the fantasy genre, ever. As a woman, you may find yourself in love with both – maybe not romantically – but they get in your head and won’t leave. Extremely well-written, well-plotted, suspenseful-yet-pleasant, not all doom-and-gloom but plenty of crises that get resolved in satisfying, creatively written fashion. You’ll find yourself wanting to be a part of this unique, and masterfully developed world. Robin Hobb is a wordsmith extraordinaire, in my humble opinion. Prepare yourself, because once you’ve dug into this first book, you will read the rest voraciously and find yourself feeling bereft when you’ve run out of books to read that are set in this particular fantasy world. They’re all fantastic.
A rare imaginative masterpiece
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2017
Boy, if I had known that I would lose sleep, call in sick from work, cancel plans with friends and family, and miss appointments all from this book being so good, I think I wouldn’t have bought it. Who am I kidding, of course I would have.
An exemplary book, filled with memorable, three dimensional characters with an incredible story set in a well imagined world, similar to our own in many ways and yet so different. The main character is very much stuck in his own head, but that’s not a bad thing for the reader. It’s a pleasure reading his thoughts and feelings about being trapped in a place he’ll never truly belong, wielding two powers he doesn’t understand. One power others understand and refuse to teach to the public, one power no one understands and people are burned to death for using it.
Really, really incredible book and not at all what you might expect from the title or the cover. You owe it to yourself to read this book.
A slow paced masterful introduction to a fantasy world
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
Assassin’s Apprentice is a fantasy book by Robin Hobb, published in 1995. It is the first book in the Farseer Trilogy.
I’m on the fence about whether to categorize this book as adult or young adult. The protagonist, Fitz, is a 6-year-old when we first meet him. By story’s end, he is in his mid teens. So, by the standard of “how old is the main character?” it would be young adult, but its vocabulary targets an older audience, so in that sense it reads like an adult book.
When we first meet Fitz, he has very little memory of who he is. In fact, he doesn’t even have a name that he can recall. Nothing beyond “Boy.” An old man presumed to be his grandfather is surrendering him to the care of the royal family. Fitz, you see, is the bastard of the crown prince.
Fitz falls in the care of the stable master, Burrich, after the crown prince abdicates his claim to the throne and abandons them both. We soon discover Fitz has a mental ability to bond with animals—an ability called Wit—which Burrich despises and is afraid of.
As we follow Fitz’s life, he leaves Burrich’s care and relocates to the palace at the behest of his grandfather, the King. The King has decided the best way to deal with Fitz is to prevent him from becoming a threat to the throne by using him as a royal assassin. Divulging more of the plot would be bordering on spoiler territory, so I won’t. Suffice it to say, that this is a somewhat lengthy (464 pages in this version) introduction to a fantasy world.
For people who like action-packed fantasy, this isn’t going to fit the bill. Hobb takes her time developing young Fitz—his sense of isolation and abandonment, his search for belonging, his desire to prove himself worthy of being more than an illegitimate child—and I can see where this slow pace might turn off some readers. It’s a very character-driven story, and one that will most appeal to readers who have shared Fitz’s feelings of not quite fitting in anywhere.
For me, it was very relatable, and I found Fitz’s coming of age to be compelling. Hobb proved her writing chops to me when—knowing this was the first in a series and that Fitz was most likely to continue as protagonist—I still felt a sense of dread and worry that he wouldn’t survive a crucial point of the book. I was thinking this was going to be a solid 4-star read all the way until the end of the final chapter, which left me teary-eyed, and caused me to elevate the writing to 5 stars, and Robin Hobb to the ranks of my favorite authors.
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