Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A young boy struggles through puberty and political intrigue.
On the surface this could seem to be just like any other fantasy series; however, this author likes to write with a different set of rules. Yes the potagonist has a support system, but it isn't a group of tight knit friends; nor is it even an obvious support system. The protagonist has a large obstacle to overcome, but what you think that obstacle seems to be somewhat variable as should be the case with political intrigue.
I have picked this book up before and put it back down after a few chapters, but I hung on to it because I felt that it would be my kind of book at just the right moment; and this time it was. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot line and characterizations; but found the author to get too detailed for my tastes. However, the over-detailed sections are far enough apart that I can flow easily from one part to another and skip over the details as needed, or wanted.
I would note that I am not a fan of excessive detail, I struggle with reading Stephen King and Tad Williams because of their exceptional detail; so understanding this take what I say about detail with a grain of salt.
That being said, this book is an excellent read on its own and as a set up for the trilogy; I intend to read the next in the series because of this book.
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Originally Posted 8/8/12 on one of my previous blogs.