Fitz, slang for bastard, in the bastard son of King-in-waiting Chivalry. As a young boy he is brought to the palace, but rather than this being a turn for the better, his father first abdicates and dies under suspicious circumstances. The question of his father's death is not resolved in this first volume of the Farseer Trilogy.
Fitz is trained in the Skill, power
used by the ruler and defenders of the Six Duchies to communicate
with each other, and, more powerfully, to enter the minds of enemies
to enter confusion, doubt, fear, and misunderstanding. For example,
when the Red-Ships attack, Verity, now King-in-waiting, Skills the
ships' captains to cause the ships to crash against the rocks. Unfortunately,
Fitz's training is a failure.
The Red-Ships terrorize the coastal
cities of the Six Duchies by Forging captives. Forged captives are
stripped of their humanity and all ability to empathize with others
or even care about anything beyond their own animal desires. Families
of forged victims consider that death of loved ones might be
In the midst of the battle between the
Six Duchies and the Red-Ships, there is intrigue around new
alliances, succession, and a marriage of alliance, while Fitz struggle to discover his fate and destiny.
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
written by one of today's best fantasy writers. It has well-developed
characters, and an intricately constructed world. Highly recommended
to any fantasy reader.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway on June 2, 2014. I received my copy on July 30, 2014.
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