Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
'Assassin' is a very interesting set of job skills bound up in a single word. It's a person who is a social strategist, economist, historian, tactical psychologist, poisoner, stealth master, messenger, codebreaker, confidante... the role requires a particularly unique, hard-to-find set of abilities and training, and gets deployed in even more unique, pivotal places, the tipping points of history, in a way that nobody should ever know of.
This book does a specially masterful job of rolling them all up into a single novel. It's brilliant.
And there's zombies, telepaths, barbarian princesses, wargs, and sorcerer-pirates.
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