In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.
Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.
So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin. (Goodreads synopsis)
Ok, so here is the thing. I found this book a bit of a slog to get through. Robin Hobb tends to meander but then there are these brilliant moments that I was totally invested in. I’m still trying to determine if the brilliant moments are worth the time it took me to get through the meandering.
Fitz is an interesting character and by the end of this book, I really cared about what happened to him and was interested in seeing what came next. I thought the inner workings of the kingdom were interesting and the addition of the magical elements were done well. I found that I was interested in how the connections worked.
Overall, though, I found myself really bored while reading and I’m scared that the other books in the trilogy will take me just as long to read and be just as boring. There was nothing that really hooked me or drove me to want to flip the page. On the flip side, I have heard that Assassin’s Apprentice is not the best in the series and that the additional books are a lot more interesting and paced better.
Will I Continue?…… Maybe. I will have to research a little more to make a final decision. I’m not entirely sure if this the kind of fantasy that works for me.
Have you read any Robin Hobb? What are your thoughts about the Realm of the Elderlings? Let’s chat in the comments.