Why did I love this book?
Assassin’s Apprentice was the first book where I fell so completely in love with a character that when they died later in the series, I wept like my own brother had died. The story follows Fritz, a royal bastard who finds himself on the knife’s edge of the monarchy’s politics, from the age of six to adulthood. The story is told so closely from Fitz’s point of view that I felt I knew him intimately by the end of the book. Beside Fitz, the whole cast springs to life, from the mysterious Fool, to Molly, Fitz’s first love, to his kind but spacey stepmother, Patience, to the wolf who becomes his greatest friend. I didn’t fully understand the concept of character-driven until I read this book. If you want a fantasy book that delves deep into human nature and reveals cutting universal truths, you must read Assassin’s Apprentice—and the satisfying series that follows!