Realms of the Elderlings

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Assassin’s Apprentice Summary

The first volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally best-selling Farseer series.

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma. Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely.

Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribbing, courtly manners, and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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  • Book 1

    • Assassin’s Apprentice

    • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,082
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

    In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great book but the narrator is all wrong!

    • By Lucy Clarke on 11-10-12

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 2

    • Royal Assassin

    • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 29 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 886
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 782
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 784

    Fitz dreams of Red-Ship Raiders sacking a coastal village, leaving not a single man, woman, or child alive. Tortured by this terrible vision, he returns to the Six Duchies court where all is far from well. King Shrewd has been struck down by a mysterious illness and King-in-waiting, Verity, spends all his time attempting to conjure storms to confuse and destroy the Red-Ship Raiders. And when he leaves on an insane mission to seek out the mystical Elderings, Fitz is left alone and friendless but for the wolf Nighteyes.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Bundoodragon on 21-07-16

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 3

    • Assassin's Quest

    • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 37 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 857
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 738
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 741

    The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy. Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst. Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • unsuitable voice for this book - but

    • By C. Elliott on 04-11-15

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 4

    • Ship of Magic

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 35 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 365
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 320
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317

    Wizardwood, a sentient wood. The most precious commodity in the world. Like many legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds. But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders, when only a liveship, fashioned from wizardwood, can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River? Rare and valuable, a liveship will quicken only when three members, from successive generations, have died on board. The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening, as Althea Vestrit’s father is carried on deck in his death-throes.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • great story, disappointing narration

    • By Eli on 15-11-12

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 5

    • The Mad Ship

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 34 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271

    Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love the story, not sure about the narration

    • By Kusameh on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 6

    • Ship of Destiny

    • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 270

    The dragon Tintaglia has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory. Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki. Against hope, a ship appears in the alien waters, but does it mean rescue, or a further nightmare, for Malta? In ruined Bingtown, the citizens are at war against the Chalcedean mercenaries besieging the harbour.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant!

    • By Amazon Customer on 26-03-15

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 7

    • Fool's Errand

    • Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
    • Length: 23 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 580
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 517
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 518

    Return to the world of the Farseers… Robin Hobb’s best loved characters, Fitz , The Fool and Nighteyes the wolf, face new adventures and trials in the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy. When Assassin’s Quest closed, Fitz was living in self-imposed exile. Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Changes in narrators

    • By julia harrold on 08-01-17

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 8

    • The Golden Fool

    • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
    • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 481
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 441

    The second in the thrilling fantasy series returning listeners to the Six Duchies and the magical world of the Farseers. Fitz has succeeded in rescuing Prince Dutiful from the clutches of the Piebald rebels, and has returned with him to Buckkeep castle. With Dutiful safe again, Queen Kettricken can proceed with plans to marry him to the Outislander princess, Elliania, but with tensions building among the peoples of the Six Duchies over Kettricken’s tolerance of the Wittted, even Buckkeep is no longer safe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Tawny Man Trilogy

    • By Ellen Lingwood on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 9

    • Fool's Fate

    • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
    • Length: 31 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 566
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 517
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 519

    The moving end to the tale of the Farseers, in which kingdoms must stand or fall on the beat of a dragon's wings, or a Fool's heart. A small and sadly untried coterie - the old assassin Chade, the serving-boy Thick, Prince Dutiful, and his reluctant Skillmaster, Fitz - sail towards the distant island of Aslevjal. There they must fulfil the Narcheska’s challenge to her betrothed: to lay the head of the dragon Icefyre, whom legends tell is buried there deep beneath the ice, upon her hearth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loose yourself in this amazing story!

    • By Redwing on 23-05-14
    • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
    • Length: 31 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 28-03-13
    • 5 out of 5 stars 566 ratings

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 10

    • Dragon Keeper

    • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249

    Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey to the cocooning grounds in generations. Many have died along the way. With its acid waters and impenetrable forest, it is a hard place for any to survive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful 'listen'!

    • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 14-09-09

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 11

    • Dragon Haven

    • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Jacqui Crago
    • Length: 20 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238

    The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Shame

    • By Annie on 11-02-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 12

    • City of Dragons

    • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229

    Return to the world of the Liveships Traders and journey along the Rain Wild River in the third instalment of high adventure from the author of the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy. Kelsingra waits for those brave enough to enter… The dragons and their keepers have discovered Kelsingra but so far only Heeby has succeeded in flying over the river to enter the fabled city. The other dragons, with their deformed wings and feeble muscles, are afraid to risk failure and humiliation.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Stop switching narrators.

    • By Pod on 21-06-17

    Regular price: £14.49

    • City of Dragons

    • Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Once, dragons ruled the Rain Wilds, tended by privileged human servants known as Elderlings. But a series of cataclysmic eruptions nearly drove these magnificent creatures to extinction. Born weak and deformed, the last of their kind had one hope for survival: to return to their ancient city of Kelsingra. Accompanied by a disparate crew of untested young keepers, the dragons embarked on a harsh journey into the unknown along the toxic Rain Wild River.

    Regular price: £29.29

  • Book 14

    • Fool's Assassin

    • Fitz and the Fool, Book 1
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Lee Maxwell-Simpson, Avita Jay
    • Length: 28 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 341
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308

    Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife, Molly, these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown. But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pity about lee and avita

    • By kdsshrub on 23-02-16

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 13

    • Blood of Dragons

    • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Avita Jay
    • Length: 19 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Dragon blood and scales, dragon liver and eyes and teeth. All required ingredients for medicines with near-miraculous healing powers. The legendary blue dragon Tintaglia is dying of wounds inflicted by hunters sent by the Duke of Chalced, who meanwhile preserves his dwindling life by consuming the blood of the dragon’s poet Selden Vestrit.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Lack of breaks spoils a good story!

    • By Grant on 18-07-18

    Regular price: £13.99

    • Blood of Dragons

    • Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Years ago, the magnificent dragon queen Tintaglia forged a bargain with the inhabitants of the treacherous Rain Wilds. In exchange for her protection against enemy invaders, the humans promised to protect an unhatched brood of dragons. But when the dragons emerged as weak and misshapen hatchlings unable to fend for themselves, dragonkind seemed doomed to extinction. When even Tintaglia deserted the crippled young dragons, the Rain Wilders abandoned the burden of caring for the destructive and ravenous creatures.

    Regular price: £29.29

  • Book 15

    • Fool's Quest

    • Fitz and the Fool, Book 2
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Lee Maxwell-Simpson, Avita Jay
    • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317

    Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters with the second volume in a brand-new series. Happy endings never last.... Years ago they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narration

    • By Jack C on 12-05-16

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 16

    • Assassin's Fate

    • Fitz and the Fool, Book 3
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Avita Jay, David Thorpe
    • Length: 45 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 560
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 518
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 515

    Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter, Bee, was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not having the same male narrator is SO jarring.

    • By H L O'Doherty on 18-05-17

    Regular price: £26.99

    • The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Internationally-bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Robin Hobb takes readers deep into the history behind the Farseer series in this exclusive, new novella. One of the darkest legends in the Realm of the Elderlings recounts the tale of the so-called Piebald Prince, a Witted pretender to the throne unseated by the actions of brave nobles so that the Farseer line could continue untainted. Now the truth behind the story is revealed through the account of Felicity, a low-born companion of the Princess Caution at Buckkeep.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great short story

    • By Mrs. B. A. Leatham on 04-02-15

    Regular price: £6.99