Assassin’s Apprentice, by Robin Hobb

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Terrific fantasy novel about Fitz, bastard son to a prince, who grows from child to young man over the course of our story. Extraordinary world-building, seen through Fitz’s eyes, shows us a high fantasy world without magic, beyond that some have an affinity for animals and others have knowledge of the Skill, an ability to project your thoughts into another’s mind. Fitz grows up in the stables, then in the court itself, then finally under the tutelage of the court assassin, a position that exposes him to the broader world and the political intrigue that roils the kingdom. Wonderfully told, completely immersive. Targeted toward adults, but okay for older teens.
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