My first Dusty Reads pick for 2012 is Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. It is the first book in The Farseer Trilogy, which is itself the first trilogy set in the Realm of the Elderlings. The Farseer Trilogy follows the life of FitzChivalry Farseer (Fitz), a trained assassin, in a kingdom called The Six Duchies. Prince Verity, Fitz’s uncle, attempts to save the kingdom from the Red-Ship Raiders from The OutIslands, who are attacking the its shores. They turn people into the Forged ones: alive, but devoid of emotion, memory and soul.
Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him sectetly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.
What’s been on your shelf for ages?
Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted by Giselle at Xpresso Reads. It features a book that has been sitting unread on your shelf for some time. For more information please visit Giselle’s Dusty Reads page.