I remember picking up Assassin’s Apprentice in my local bookstore in the 90s and foolishly putting it back on the shelf when I realised it was written in first person. Back then I seem to remember that it had this cover:
which I liked as it was a John Howe and the blurb sounded ace but I didn’t bite due to the perspective, which seems laughable because now, of course, I'll read a book no matter whether it’s written in first, second or third, so long as I enjoy it.
Around fifteen years later I was lucky enough to receive Assassin’s Apprentice as a gift from my lovely wife – with the beautiful new cover below – and got stuck into the story because in the intervening years from that first encounter in the 90s, I’d read Hobb’s ‘Liveship’ books and really enjoyed them.
And wow, the Farseer series was amazing. Really put me through the wringer too, as Fitz, the main character, is goes through a lot of torment in the series. But there’s a lot to enjoy, the mystery, the clash of magics, the deceptions and especially the powerful conclusion and revelations in the third book. The pacing isn’t breakneck, which I enjoyed, and there’s more time spent on character than action and so by the end the characters feel very real indeed – I doubt I’ll ever forget Fitz and Fool, nor Chade the sneaky fellow.
Check it out if you’re looking for something that can be demanding – and be prepared to pick up a second trilogy with Fitz and the Fool (along with the start of a third series, Fool’s Assassin, which has just been released!)
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
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Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline