Fantasy Books We’d Loved to See on Film

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

What’s it about?

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 known 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.

Why would it look good on film?

A world seeped deeply in detail and heart, Hobb’s story centers around the bastard son of Prince Chivalry, Fitz Farseer, who becomes the apprentice to the King’s assassin. There are thick plots weaving through Finn’s life that tie this intricate world together and serve as a beautiful landscape that could shine on film, but at its heart, these stories are about characters and the relationships formed within the pages.

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