Here’s my spoiler-free, part review, part enthuse about Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb:
I’m a little late to this party as the book came out in 1995 but in this case, better late than never is certainly true.
It’s good. Really good. Imagine your favourite superlatives and ladle them liberally onto this book. Repeat until thoroughly excited.
Assassin’s Apprentice is quite simply one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. It’s beautifully written, accessible, character driven, nuanced, with a world that makes sense, full of twists and turns.
A word of warning: heart strings are pulled without mercy and things are not always easy for our protagonist so don’t pick this up when you want mindless fun or back to back silly fights.
I’ll definitely be reading the sequel(s) but I’m deliberately going to wait before I do to savour the anticipation.
If you haven’t already, read it!