Friday Fave: A book that was recommended to me

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Friday Fave is a weekly discussion about different bookish topics. You can choose just one favourite or a few – the choice is up to you!

This week’s topic is: A book that was recommended to me.

The Assassin’s Apprentice

Robin Hobb

 

Assassins ApprenticeThis books was recommended to me back in 2008 – I only remember the year because it was just after The Hunger Games was published which I bought and read within the week it was out. I even remember that it was a lovely sunny day and I was sat outside the Sixth Form building with my friend, Lauren, chatting about books. She then recommended me this series knowing that I liked fantasy books.

The next time I was in town, specifically in Waterstones, I had a look for the book but was put off by the small writing, especially considering that it was quite a thick book. Back to the Young Adult section it was for me, although it was still classed as teenage books then.

A couple of years later, I picked up the series with every intention of reading them not long after. That did not happen. It took a couple more years, and a genre challenge, when I started to read them. I was completely hooked and read all three books in the Farseer Trilogy within a month – quite a good feat considering the size of the books! I may have also been helped by the fact I had more time to read, particularly during my lunch breaks than I do now and that I used buses to get to and from work.

Not long after, I picked up the Tawny Man trilogy with, once again, every intention to read that soon. Three years later, it’s still on my TBR pile. This year will be the year… although there’s another trilogy after that one too…

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Blurb

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 secretly 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.

Have you got a favourite book that was recommended to you? Comment below or create your own Friday Fave!

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