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First Impression Friday: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb


It’s Friday! And a special one, at that, as I am currently high up in the sky, on my way to Portland, Oregon! I’m SO excited. 😀

Since it’s Friday, it’s also time for another First Impression Friday post. (For those who are unfamiliar, FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading. Share you impressions, predict what you think will happen, say whether you think you’ll enjoy it, etc.)


In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

This has been on my shelf for way too long. This is actually my first book by Robin Hobb, which is kinda weird, considering that I’ve heard so many good things about all of her books.

I’m about a third of the way into this one and I’m already hooked. I love Fitz and his naive, yet bold behavior. It’s easy to feel sympathy for him, as he is the product of some really shitty circumstances. I’m really hoping that by the end of the book Fitz learns to take control of his own life and doesn’t continue letting everyone make decisions for him. I’m eager to learn more about his gift with animals! So far there’s just  been a handful of references to it, but I need to know more

So, Fitz is training to become an assassin. I’m wondering if he’ll end up  being an assassin for the royal family, as planned, or eventually use his assassin skills to go off on his own and be his own assassin. That would be kinda cool. I don’t have many predictions, but I am eager to see what happens and learn more about the magic system in Fitz’s world.

I apologize for keeping this post somewhat brief, but I’m just too excited to post much right now. Talk to you guys when I get back!

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3 thoughts on “First Impression Friday: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

  1. Have fun in crazy Portland. There were right/left clashes going on in that city these last few days! 😦

    And no, I haven’t read any Robin Hobb either. So it’ll be interesting to read your review of this one.


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