Assassin’s Apprentice, by Robin Hobb

I started this book with low expectations after having read and been thoroughly unimpressed by Hobb’s novel Ship of Magic. This book was a pleasant surprise. While it follows common epic fantasy tropes–an exiled bastard, a magician who doesn’t know his power, a kingdom struggling to remain whole despite threats from a mysterious “Other” people, a second son vying for the throne–it still remained a fantasy novel that I found myself excited to get home and curl up with. If you like epic fantasy and are looking for something enjoyable but not groundbreaking, you’ll have fun reading this.