Assassin's Apprentice (The Illustrated Edition) - Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice (The Illustrated Edition)

By Robin Hobb

  • Release Date: 1996-03-01
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 836 Ratings


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


  • Good enough

    By Rmijon
    Fairly good plot with a few notable holes, interesting characters lacking slightly in depth, good ending that closed out a little to neatly and quickly. A good read, just not on the level of Tolkien, Martin, Lewis, or Rothfuss.
  • Excellent

    By Supa squirl
    Couldn’t put down this rich and satisfying read.
  • Pretty good

    By SpenceNads
  • Are you thinking about reading this? Think again.

    By ilovegoodbooks(butwhodoesnt)
    I gave this book two stars because it was *BY FAR* the best book in this series. I just finished the series. I have endured long and worthless amounts of pain because I didn’t stop reading it (even though I knew it would probably go not so well). I was holding out for a happy ending, but after this book it just goes downhill. Really fast. Scratch that. Nothing about this series is fast. Honestly if you want to spend three to seven hours reading about meaningless traveling for *absolutely no reason* then go right ahead. I just wish someone woulda told me how rough this series is. Loves are lost, souls are broken, betrayal, sad loneliness, and messed up people. It doesn’t end well, guys. That doesn’t mean that people die, although that could happen in any book, I’m just saying that it ended on a depressing note. But if ya wanna try it. Honestly, good luck. I hope you enjoy it more than I did.
  • Not for me

    By Butterwaffle
    Well written, but the characters are not likable. Also, it was irritating that neither the characters nor the narrator attempt to systematize or explain how magic works in the book's world. While it probably serves the author's purpose (say to put readers in a slightly confused or apprehensive state), it's hard to appreciate.
  • Almost excellent..

    By whateverdoyouwantforaname
    Would have given it 5 stars, but his talent to "repel" people disappears after the beginning of the book, I guess to further the plot.
  • Couldn't Put It Down

    By Birdieman6
    Very interesting plot, great cast of characters. I hope the next books in the series have as much to offer. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
  • Line height so bad I can't read it

    By Jack McDade
    This iBook is formatted so poorly I can't get into a reading flow. The line heights are so far apart it hurts my brain.
  • Outstanding start to a fantasy series

    By askmar
    Assassin's Apprentice is a engrossing, throughly enjoyable read. Well plotted and with well thought out characters. I look forward to the next book in the series.
  • Wow :-)

    By Mikekcatt
    Where to start, got this hoping it was similar to George RR martins of fire and ice however this book and I'm sure this series is in my opinion BETTER even on the new paperbacks Martin says" how fantasy should be written" Hobb really knows how to put you in this realm she created and having just finished this I immediately bought the rest of the trilogy I am so excited about this book that I am ignoring all grammatical errors from this review Robin Hobb has stolen my heart and I never want it back she has earned it love this story love Robin Hobb ud have to be a fool not to open up to this story no this experience