by Robin Hobb
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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.
Funny that I thought I would be able to objectively review this favorite of mine. SERIOUSLY? I was way too conceited. Because the truth is…
◘ Because I’m way too much involved in Fitz’s story to analyze it. I mean, I could pretend, of course, but really? I found myself crying or being out of breath in anticipation so many times that I’m pretty sure my opinion is grandly biased.
Take this, for example : “And then my lessons with Galen began.” Yeah, well, I cried at this. Crazy right? Hey, not so crazy in my book, but how in the world would I manage to be fair in a review?
Truth be told, this series is my favorite of all times and I can’t dissect my feelings.
◘ Because it’s my 5th time reading it and I can’t stop sobbing, I can’t stop FEELING.
◘ Because I don’t care that it’s slow paced, I don’t care if Fitz seems annoying sometimes, I don’t fucking care.
◘ Because I still want to murder Regal and to dismember Galen. Fucking bastards. I hate them so damn much.
◘ Because this lonely and rejected boy who’s trying to find his place as an assassin? He is filled with flaws but he is trying so hard and his evolution is both realistic and heart-wrenching, I can’t even express how much I adore him. Damn, since I’ve met him more than 10 years ago, none of the characters I read about could take his place in my heart. None of them.
And then, there’s the Fool ♥
► Frankly? I wouldn’t be able to be objective to save my life, and I’m at peace with it. So, you know, trust me, don’t trust me – I don’t know. If you like fantasy and never read this, I don’t even know what to say to you. Seriously. I mean, for real? Just go read this series and come plotting Regal’s murder with me.