Worth the Hype

Cassandra C. Stirling
Feedium
Published in
4 min readNov 1, 2023

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb is an immersive fantasy story that leaves you rooting for the protagonist

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Fitz is a royal bastard of Prince Chivalry, who was foisted on the royal family when he was five years old. With no one else willing to take him, he’s given to the stablemaster to raise and train. When Fitz gets the attention of King Shrewd, his path in life changes and he learns there is more to the world than horses and dogs.

Robin Hobb is a beloved fantasy author and I’ve just never picked up on of his books. When this title came up as a possible fit for my Fantasy Bingo card YA square, I decided to give it a read. And boy am I glad I did! I loved this book. The world building is solid, the book is so immersive, you can almost smell what Fitz smells, and Fitz’s journey, while full of tropes, is interesting, heart-wrenching, and entertaining. For all that and more, I give it 4.5 stars.

The Plot

Fitz is the bastard son of Prince Chivalry and he is left on the King’s doorstep by his grandfather when he is only five. As there’s no one else to take him in, the stablemaster, Burrich, trains him, houses him, and teaches him what he needs to know about the world.

When he comes to the attention of King Shrewd, his life changes from living in the stables to living in the castle. Once inside, he’s taught the…

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Cassandra C. Stirling
Feedium

Writer, editor, writing coach, and videogamer. I write about writing, books, and occasionally videogames.