Assassin's Apprentice

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I am not sure if there is a thread about this book, but anyway here goes. I started reading this book and I must say I am quite enjoying Fitz's character and the style of Hobb's writing. I have one query though, from reviews a lot of people mention that there isn't much of a story/plot but more focus on the characters only. Is this true? I also heard that Hobb balances action, adventure and pace very well. I gave up on The Curse of the Mistwraith because I could not connect to the 2 characters. How is this book compared to say GRRM and Janny Wurts or Feist?
 

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Yes, i would say more character orientated but there is a solid driving plot. I'm not sure about the balance between 'action, adventure and pace' - i would say the book fulfills its premise in a professional satisfying way but not outstanding in pacing. Best aspect is the cosy castle life atmosphere which is quite escapist.

The main problem is fitz is such a wimp. Truly, Robin Hobb does not understand the male psyche :D. Much of the book consists of his emotional turmoil over one thing or another, with very little assertion to fix the problems - he is a self insert woman by the author.

Not close to GRRM in tone at all, and i think it's better written than Feist but on the same level of sophistication. Never read Janny Wurts so can't compare her.
 

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I started reading this book and I must say I am quite enjoying Fitz's character and the style of Hobb's writing.
It took me a while to get into it - I really disliked the self-conscious scribal voice at the start - but once Fitz settled into the keep it became quite engaging. I really liked the issue of Wit, Burrich, and the enigmatic Fool. There was a lovely richness to the story as well, even when nothing much seemed to be happening.

with very little assertion to fix the problems
I was surprised by how easily Fitz felt worthless under Galen. Yet he didn't seem to dwell much on Smithy later.
 

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The Curse of the Mistwraith
Not one of the better series. Generally I'd say Janny Wurts is better. Fiest is too different to compare. Maggie Fury would be a better comparison.
Robin Hobb does not understand the male psyche ... he is a self insert woman by the author.
I'm not sure that's true. He is I think deliberately flawed.
 

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I don't feel Fitz lacks for anything because he was written by a woman. We are all people writing people's stories.

Brian, I'm glad you are enjoying it more.
 

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I would say that Robin Hobb sets herself a difficult task and write about a very unheroic hero. Fitz is most certainly not knight in shining armour; indeed he has a lot of issues with himself that are shown through the writing; and yet overtly if you look at many of his actions he's actually externally seen very different by others.
I think it a fantastic display of how personal impressions can differ greatly from the actions and perceptions that others have - esp as you get into the series and Fitz changes and grows up and yet still retains this same character.

I'd also say Hobb's books are some of the few where the lead character(s)s make choices you "know" are wrong. Or those which will bring the character great pains or torment; or which shy away from the glorious wonderful happy path. They make wrong choices; but you allow them that (whilst wanting to shout at them all the time - esp Fitz) because you hear the thoughts; you can see that the character has clear justification even if its flawed.


I would say Hobb is in a niche of her own a little; her work is different to Fiests and GRRM's and I would say its hard to start putting one above the other directly as they are so different. Hobb goes for a slower pace, a more single character focused story (and yet her Rainwilds and Bingtown series are multi-perspective), less heroics and often as not a lot of "mistakes" by the characters along the way. Personally I find her writing enjoyable - and I say that as a fan of Fiest (well of Magician; his other works that I've read don't stand up well to it); GRRM; Steven Erikson; Janny Wurts (love Ride Hells Chasm - not quite got into her other works as yet though).
 

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I have just started Assassin's Apprentice. What am I in for?
 

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I'm embarrassed to ask this, but from reviews and a lot of notions on this book/series it seems like she likes to kill dogs in her stories. Is this true? It's one of the main reasons I haven't read them because I have no kids, only 2 dogs are my kids and I cringe when I see animals in distress in movies and books. I will never watch Marley and Me ever again, and I tend to avoid animal movies like Alpha etc.
 

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I'm an animal sucker, too. I cannot stand seeing them hurt in the real life or in movies and books.
No. It's not true. Fitz bonds with a wolf, Nighteyes which is one of my favorite characters in her book. If you love dogs, you will adore Nighteyes.
I watched Alpha and the wolf had plenty of puppies in the end. :)
 
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