Assassin's Apprentice (The Illustrated Edition): The Farseer Trilogy Book 1

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Random House Worlds, Nov 5, 2002 - Fiction - 448 pages
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A gorgeously illustrated anniversary edition of the book that launched the epic Farseer Trilogy, praised by George R. R. Martin as “fantasy as it ought to be written” and Lin-Manuel Miranda as “an incredible series,” featuring a new foreword by Robin Hobb and ten illustrations.

Twenty-five years ago, Robin Hobb’s first novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Thus began a beloved saga spanning multiple series, full of adventure, magic, and sinister plots. To celebrate a quarter-century of wonder, this special edition of Assassin’s Apprentice presents a modern classic as it’s never been seen before, with ten beautiful illustrations by Magali Villeneuve.

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
 
“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
 

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Well written book which came highly rec'd. I think that was the problem; my expectations were too high. Though I did enjoy it, it was a little too much like a chore when reading, rather than a book I ... Read full review

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After years and years of being told to read Hobb, I finally jumped in. I really enjoyed this one. Though nothing much seemed to happen in this novel, I kept reading. Hobb's ability to write engaging ... Read full review

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Contents

I
19
II
44
III
64
IV
82
V
101
VI
118
VII
138
VIII
153
XIV
249
XV
272
XVI
289
XVII
313
XVIII
343
XIX
362
XX
379
XXI
393

IX
169
X
185
XI
202
XII
218
XIII
233
XXII
411
XXIII
426
XXIV
433
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Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, the Soldier Son Trilogy, and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She is a native of Washington State.

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