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Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Posted May 6, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 2 Comments

Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin HobbAssassin's Aprrentice by Robin Hobb
Series: Farseer Trilogy
Narrator: Paul Boehmer
Published by Tantor Audio on March 2, 2010
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
Length: 17 hours, 18 minutes
Source: Library
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five-stars

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change. Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal household by his father's gruff stableman. An outcast whose existence has forced his father to abdicate his claim on the throne, Fitz is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in the young man's blood is a heritage of magic, the talent called the Skill, as well as another, even more mysterious ability.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts and leave behind the zombie-like husks of the townspeople to prowl the countryside, Fitz is growing toward manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission, a mission that poses as much a threat to himself as it does for his target---for Fitz is a threat to the throne...but he may also be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

           

 

I listened to this recommendation from an Ace Roc Star friend.  It’s one of her favorites. It’s also fantasy, which isn’t always the easiest for me to assimilate, so I got the audio from the library. The tale goes from childhood to manhood of Fitz, the bastard son of the prince, who many wish to control or kill. He has special skills and works to learn more in support of the King, his grandfather.

The characters, the story are widely varying and memorable. It may be long but it kept me intensely engaged. I wanted to know more, know everything and I felt deeply. Fitz, even in his situation, and at a very young age,  has a moral integrity and such strength of character few others can match. There is a magic which is my favorite paranormal type and it is more accurately talents of the mind, my very absolute favorite.

The narrator did an excellent job, bringing forth my emotions. The sound of his voice suited the work and the time period very well. It was so seamless I can’t tell you if he did very much with voices as I was completely lost in the Assassin’s Apprentice.  That tells me it was the best.

I loved this so much I bought it on Kindle and audio. It is the first in the Farseer Trilogy, and the first of at least three trilogies. I’m hooked and will definitely continue. I’ve already bought some audio books in the other trilogies when Audible had a sale recently.

 

Listen to a clip here.

 

 

About Paul Boehmer

J. Paul Boehmer has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, and regionally across the country. He has also worked in film and television, including The Thomas Crown Affair, three Star Trek movies, and Frasier. Paul is most proud of his award-winning unabridged recording of Moby Dick. He holds a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in acting from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware.

About Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb is the author of three well-received fantasy trilogies: The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin’s Quest), The Liveship Traders Trilogy (Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny) and the Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool’s Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool’s Fate) Her current work in progress is entitled Shaman’s Crossing. Robin Hobb lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, and has been a professional writer for over 30 years.

In addition to writing, her interests include gardening, mushrooming, and beachcombing. She and her husband Fred have three grown children and one teenager, and three grand-children.

She also writes as Megan Lindholm, and works under that name have been finalists for the Hugo award, the Nebula Award, and the Endeavor award. She has twice won an Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Award.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Narration (Audio)
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

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Blog tour: Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

Blog tour: Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

Posted April 26, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 5 Comments

          I’ll start by admitting I LOVE, LOVE the Jane Yellowrock series and the author, Faith Hunter.  I didn’t read until there were maybe 8 books. I think it actually helps when you can read them all in a short time together to keep the information and details fresh. I was careful to read everything, including the novellas, in order. It’s important to me in general, but especially with urban fantasy. Let’s get right to it. Ricky Bo is here, more than I expected. And I didn’t hate him. I didn’t like him either. I also didn’t crush on Leo. At all. I was furious with Leo. He always has his secrets from Jane and it sucks. He also tries to manipulate […]


Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 7, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 6 Comments

          As with every book in the Mercy Thompson series, I love these characters and especially Mercy. She has such spirit, compassion and intelligence. Her relationship with Adam is so solid now; the commitment is complete. Everyone else was just there in small bits. I did love seeing Stefan again; I’ve always liked him even though he is not completely safe – no vampire in this world is safe. Silence Fallen is rife with politics and manipulations. This gives everyone a chance to learn more about everyone else, and themselves. Mercy learns more about her capabilities. When things are bad, and they are, everyone joins in to save Mercy. But the captors and friends can both be surprised, she doesn’t require much […]


Early review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Early review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Posted February 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

        Anne’s Review I came to the Others series late, but I’ve loved it since the first book. Marked in Flesh (book 4) was a problem for me, it’s the book just before Etched in Bone. I expected the story to be what it was, generally, without knowing the details. My issue was a slew of new characters which I knew very little and had difficulty with forming a connection to them. Now I understand even less about why they were introduced, since many were not in this next book. So I read on with a bit of trepidation. I’m happy to say Etched in Bone is fabulous. It is a return to beloved characters as a view screen to the world overall. While the story […]


Audio: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Audio: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Posted February 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

             I had no idea what to expect, so The Chemist was an awesome surprise. I loved it from beginning to end. If it were a book, it would be a page turner but since I was listening, I wanted to listen ALL THE TIME. There were so many things to love! It had great characters, SCIENCE, action / adventure, romance, humor and dogs! The problem with listening is not knowing how to spell anyone’s name and not being able to highlight the humorous quotes or make notes in the way I would with an ebook. I think it takes longer, too, since I can read faster but it is such a pleasure. Ellen Archer was great at capturing the emotion […]


Separation Games by C.D. Reiss

Separation Games by C.D. Reiss

Posted January 9, 2017 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Book Review | 0 Comments

   WARNING: While I did not have an issue with it and I thought that Reiss handled the scene and characters with care, there is a scene between Adam and Diana that some readers may not be comfortable with. While I would not call it a simulated rape scene it does push the line that some readers may not want to experience.    CD Reiss never fails to leave me feeling emotionally drained and satisfied all at the same time. I have been waiting for Separation Games since I was 50% into Marriage Games. Diana and Adam are two wonderfully broken people. They lived five years of marriage together never really being their true selves or the real couple they could have been. After Diana left Adam they both […]


Release Day Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Release Day Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Posted December 20, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

       The Innkeeper Chronicles is a different sort of series by my favorite, favorite author. This series is posted first online in a somewhat weekly serial, for FREE, until publication. One Fell Sweep is the first one I managed to read along; I tend to prefer to read it all together, which I did with the ARC.  Ilona Andrews NEVER disappoints. All their series, every book is so well-written, with such interesting world-building, characters who become real to me, and stories which take control of my emotions. This is intellectually satisfying with the great world-building, where we continue to learn about how things work. There is also the mystery or current dilemma facing our characters. One Fell Sweep added new creatures, new characters and very […]


Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

Posted December 16, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

       I LOVE it!  I love the bits of humor, the mysteries, the world-building, the characters, totally 5 stars! The audio will release later and the narrator will be Sophie Eastlake. I’m a big fan of the Elder Races series. It has many 5 star reads. This new Moonshadow trilogy is a bit of a spin-off utilizing the same world. Moonshadow is set in the UK, while the Elder Races are in the US.  The next two books are Spellbinder and Lionhearted. I’m so curious to see if any crossover happens. So far there are only mentions of things in the Elder Races world, so this could easily be read without reading the Elder Races. But why would anyone want to miss out […]