Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I bought the entire Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb, of which Assassin’s Apprentice is the first book, a while ago actually during one of my infrequent trips to a physical bookstore. But as I choose the books I read at random and often try to finish an entire series before switching to another series or standalone, I just never got around to it until recently.

Plot:

All that Fitz knows is that he is the son of Prince Chivalry Farseer, and that he is a bastard. He doesn’t remember his mother, and never even met his father before being whisked away to Buckkeep castle, where he is taken under the wing of Burrich, his father’s man. Burrich works in the stables, and cares for all Buckkeep’s animals. It is there that Fitz learns that he possesses the power called Wit, which means he can forms strong bonds with animals, and share their minds. But soon King Shrewd turns his eye upon Fitz, and raises him up to be something more. To be trained to fight, to Skill, to read and write. And most importantly; to be taught how to kill.

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Review: The Burning White by Brent Weeks

The Burning White is the long-awaited fifth and final novel in Brent WeeksThe Lightbringer series.

Plot:

War has come to the Chromeria’s doorstep. The White King and his army of wights and pagans set fire to peaceful lands, and people. They want to overthrow the entire system, and have gods by their sides to help them do it. The Order of the Broken Eye has set a one-eyed, starved and colourless Gavin on a quest to find their god, and kill it. He has accepted, for what choice does he have? Kip and the Mighty are trying to save as many as they can from the enemy, but find themselves outnumbered, and burning through their luxin quickly. Teia is working hard, spying for Karris, and killing for the Order. She hopes to bring them all down in one fell swoop, but she’s just one girl armed with paryl. All of them wish to stop the invasion and save the innocent people caught in the crossfire, but failure is only one bad decision away. Continue reading