Book 1# of the Farseer Trilogy
Published 1996 by Voyager
Greetings Brave Adventurers,
For a seasoned fantasy reader, this is the kind of story that folds around you like a big, warm, familiar fantasy blanket. It’s 90’s fantasy – the stuff I grew up on – and I enjoyed reading something older, that wasn’t mired in the gritty fantasy-realism that seems to be the current rage.
All the tropes are there; a young bastard prince whose life is in peril manifests a dangerous and powerful skill, a mysterious mentor, magic in the form of Skill and Wit, political machinations and personal vendettas, all set to the backdrop of a world in imminent danger of invasion.
Hobb tells a splendid tale – Fitz is likeable and sympathetic, and she holds back nothing on the treacherous path he takes to become an assassin. The story is well-woven and well told, precise and beautiful. This is everything you could want in a traditional epic fantasy tale.
10 out of 10 stealthy dragons