‘Most prisons are of our own making. A man makes his own freedom too.’
I fought my corner on this one for awhile, despite the live-in boyfriend wanging on about how good it was, purely because I had wrongly assumed that it was written by a British male, and therefore counter to this blog. So I am quite ashamed at my own unconscious biases and will dig deeper before entirely judging a book by its cover. Lesson learnt.
Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden writes under the pseudonym of Robin Hobb and this is the first novel in her Farseer Triology. She’s a prolific writer and it seems that there are several more series set in this world. Her most recent book was only published in 2017.
I love a good fantasy novel, I really do. And I am intrigued to see where this one goes and learn more about Hobb’s world. However, it was slow in places and wouldn’t have suffered from losing some chunks. As the first in a series, I think that The Assassins Apprentice does a good job of introducing the characters, the laws and the environment, and the characters are fairly typical of this sort of book. Which offers comfortable reading, with the odd twist and turn to keep things interesting.
I enjoyed Burrich’s character immensely. I love a gristled, grumpy, father-figure role. I have such a clear image of him in my mind. There’s a couple of interesting female characters, which I hope will be further developed in the next book.
We are introduced to the concepts of The Wit and The Skill at this stage, although not a deeply as I would have liked. But this could be my impatience.
For me, it offered exactly what I look for in fantasy novels; escapism and an opportunity for compulsive reading. I will pick up the next book, but can already tell that if the pace isn’t quick enough, I probably won’t pick up the third. I’d be really interested to hear what other people think. Sometimes can read a good book at a bad time and this could have been one of those situations.
This is not going to be one of longest reviews because, in all honesty, I read it months ago, and am only now getting around to writing it up. I’ve been focusing on advance reading for the book club. Naughty me. So I have dropped the ball on this one. But we’ve got some really good book club reads coming up that we’ll be discussing very soon.
I’ll give myself a C+ for this effort, with a promise to try harder next time!