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Review: Assassin's Apprentice

Assassin's Apprentice
Title: Assassin’s Apprentice
Author: Robin Hobb
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Copyright: 1995
Pages: 448
Keywords: fantasy
Reading period: 30 July, 2010

The boy is abandoned at the castle gate when he’s six, Prince Chivalry’s bastard. Over ten years, he grows up on the sidelines, where he is ignored by most save the stable master. The king eventually finds a use for him, ap­pren­tic­ing the boy to his assassin.

There are few swords swung in this book. It’s a character study of an outcast boy and his often strained re­la­tion­ships with others. It details his developing awareness of court intrigue and national politics, and the difficult choices that confront him.

Highly rec­om­mend­ed.

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