Rating: 3 stars
“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 Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art know 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, scribing, courtly, manners, and how to kill a man secretly as he trains to become a royal assassin.”
Fitz is six years old when he is brought to the palace and acknowledged as the illegitimate son of Prince Chivalry. He never meets his father because Chivalry takes his wife and leaves the palace, relinquishing his right to the throne to protect his wife from any embarrassment. Fitz is raised by Burrich, the royal stable hand until he is chosen by King Shrewd to secretly train as a royal assassin. He does so but then has to add additional training in learning the Skill, a form of psychic communication. Neither training comes easy or without its own dangers. Mix in Fitz’s status as royal bastard and he is always in danger.
I delved into this book with high expectations. I love fantasy novels and was expecting more magic and adventure. This story involved more political intrigue and backstabbing and family turmoil. I found the story to drag at times but picked up towards the end. I will give the next book in the series a chance since I heard the series gets better after this book.