Assassinís Apprentice covers the early life of a boy named FitzChivalry who is a bastard of royal blood. Fitz is a child who is given up to be raised by a stable master in a setting near the king. The story is a personal telling of challenges Fitz faces from family, friends, and enemies while being trained as an assassin.
The thing I liked most about Assassinís Apprentice is the way Robin Hobb took me into the very personal life of a young boy who is trying to make his way in a world where his choices are limited due to his birth (bastard of the kingís brother). He faces threats and trials because he is too close to the king in blood, yet also too far away.
Training to be an assassin was one of the other things I really liked about the book. This adds an extra measure of intrigue that keeps the story interesting.
The most noteworthy thing about the book is that it is written in first person with a single point of view (Fitzís), but we still get an in-depth view of several other characters. This accomplishment is why Assassinís Apprentice is on our Must Read Books list and we highly recommend it.
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