Teaser Tuesdays: Assassin’s Apprentice


I’ve been in the most awful reading slump lately. I’ve picked up, started, and stopped so many books. It’s not the fault of the books, it’s just I am distracted by so many other things going on. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb though on the slow side is managing to hold my attention.

This book is the first book in the Farseer trilogy and is a very traditional Fantasy novel (not always a bad thing).

Here’s a teaser from the book. It’s the assassin trying to convince his pupil to take lessons from him in the technique of assassinery (or whatever such a subject is called LOL).

Learning is never wrong. Even learning how to kill isn’t wrong. Or right. It’s just a thing to learn, a thing I can teach you. That’s all.

Here’s another piece of advice that I thought was quite good for an up and coming assassin.

People are intimidated by a man who acts with no apparent regard for consequences. Behave as if you cannot be touched and no one will dare to touch you.

~ Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Have you read this book? It’s not newly published, but it came to my attention only when I saw it highly recommended by George R.R.Martin.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • I have been meaning to read her books for years, and just gotten distracted by many many other things. This is great because now I’m kind of excited to go back and read a more traditional fantasy. Great pick!!

    Here are mine: Burn for Me and The Young Elites!

  • Greg Hill

    I read this a few years back and enjoyed it, and the new one just came out. I need to read it one of these days. Nice teasers!

  • Sandra Nachlinger

    Your Teasers make me want to know more. I’ve been in a reading slump recently too. Several of the books I’ve picked up have been filled with errors–grammatical, missing words, etc. After a while I just can’t take it anymore! So I stop reading.
    My Tuesday post features TRAIL MIX and it’s nicely edited. No errors.

  • I do like the teasers, great advice for an assassin. Here is my TT for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/teaser-tuesday-december-2/

  • laura thomas

    I liked both of these! I can see why this one might end your reading slump.
    Here’s my TT – http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/12/02/teaser-tuesdays-90-come-along-with-me/

  • Hopefully this one did the trick and ended your reading slump!

    My TT this week is from The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly: http://wp.me/pZnGI-gb

  • LoveBites AndSilk

    Learning is good. But some learning is dangerous. Great teasers.

    Here’s mine http://www.lovebitessilkties.co.uk/2014/12/teasertuesday-bookoftheweek-spanked-by.html

  • BethFishReads

    I have this series on my list — good teasers. My teaser.

  • Suzie Quint

    Oh, yes, I’ve read that series. And another one by her. They’re a commitment but so worth it.

    My teaser is for Ten on Sunday

    • Nishita

      @Suzie Quint glad to read the series is worth it. I started off feeling a bit meh about the book but it’s progressing along quite nicely. I like it.

  • Oh wow, Nishita! That sounds really good! I wouldn’t want to meet a trained assassin, myself, but to read about one in training might be just my kind of story 🙂

    My teaser this week is from Grendel.

    Happy reading.

    • Nishita

      @Lexxie_L:disqus haha, I wouldn’t want to meet a trained assassin either :), although reading the book, the assassins turn out to be actually quite nice people 🙂

      • Exactly! And sometimes, the best things about a fiction is that I get to ‘meet’ people I’d never meet in real life 🙂

  • Karen and Gerard

    This reminds me of a thriller I read about a mother-daughter team that were serial killers, the mother taught the daughter. It’s called DEAR KILLER by Katherine Ewell. This one moved right along. My husband and I both liked it. Here’s the link to our reviews if interested: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2014/04/dear-killer-by-katherine-ewell.html

  • I stumbled on this book when I was lost for things to read and my friend had just finished it.
    Despite the questionable character names I was pleasantly surprised by it, good old fashioned fantasy stuff.
    Although I know judging books by covers is frowned upon, the copy I read had a design right out of the 80’s, it’s nice to see the much need redesigned cover 🙂

  • Nishita

    @disqus_W3bZsBdKXf:disqus I can see that. Whatever happened to your Tumblr?

    Yeah, this book is good enough to get over a reading slump but it’ s slow (leisurely is a better word to describe it), and I just want to be done with it now 😀

  • I get the reading slump thing. I have been going through one myself. I hope this book gets you right out of it. Good old fantasy genre is a cure that most often works when nothing else does.

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