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Review: Robin Hobb – Assassin’s Apprentice

12479382I received this book as a free book from Kindle about a year ago, and it’s taken me this long to get around to reading it.

I must admit that it took me a long time to warm to the book, it didn’t catch my attention enough to keep me drawn in so I stopped reading it for about 6 weeks and just didn’t feel any desire to go back to it like I do if I’m entranced by a story.

But when I finally got back to it this week and decided to finish it off, I actually found the story to be quite gripping. The second half of the book is definitely more fast-paced than the first, so it involves a bit of a slog to get to the good stuff. It’s the start of a series, so I understand that it takes a while for the world-building and character development, but I would have liked it to get moving a bit quicker.

But despite my complaints, I was thoroughly captivated finishing off the book this week, lots of drama and intrigue and unexpected twists in the plot which kept me guessing to the end. I’d definitely be interested in reading the next book in the series, but maybe not just yet. I’ve got to read 12 books in 13 days if I want to meet my yearly target, that’s going to be hard enough without getting stuck on a potential slow-mover!

3/5

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