I have begun my Goodreads 2019 reading challenge and I’m concerned it can only go down from here.
As I mentioned in a previous post, this year I am actively trying to read more books written by women after only reading 5 out of 50 last year.
My first victim this year was Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.
This is a series I have put off for a little while for one of the most sad reasons…I couldn’t find an edition of the book I liked.
I know I know…That’s dumb. BUT I dislike reading mass market paperbacks and I couldn’t really find a hardcover or paperback for a reasonable price. So I finally broke down and picked up the mass market paperback only to discover I purchased it years ago on kindle…
A fact I realized when I received a Kindle Fire 8 for Christmas (yay me).
So I started Assassin’s Apprentice and it took me about 10 days to get through because well…my kids have been sick and needy.
Holy crap, is it good.
The pacing is a little slower than other books I’ve read. The reader follows Fitz around Buckkeep while he learns from a bunch of different masters while be hated on by almost everyone. Everything he likes is stripped away from him. No one particularly cares for him…and it has nothing to do with his personality or his behavior. It has everything to do with him being a bastard… Talk about wearing the sins of your father. His potential as a royal bastard is eventually unlocked by his grandfather King Shrewd, who sees him trained in the fine art of assassination (and also magic). Things go awry as young Fitz gets caught up in court intrigue…with a darker foe just over the horizon.
I can’t stress to you how good this book is. It took buying two different copies for me to finally read it and I’m so glad I did. I’ve already borrowed ebook copies of Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest from my local library (Thanks Overdrive). They’ll sit on my digital shelf for a few weeks, but they’ll definitely be read this year.
So I will give Assassin’s Apprentice 5 out of 5 sad puppies
I’m debating whether I want to read all of the trilogies or just the Fitz books…Feel free to chime in if you have strong opinions either way.
Also, I really want the UK edition paperbacks…all of them. They’re gorgeous.