Book I of the Farseer Trilogy. Fitz is a royal bastard, cast out into the world with only his magical link with animals for solace and companionship. But when he’s adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and learn a new life: weaponry, scribing, courtly¬† manners; and how to kill a man secretly.¬† Meanwhile, raiders ravage the coast, leaving the people Forged and soulless. As Fitz grows towards manhood, he will have to face his first terrifying mission,¬† a task with much danger and risk, since Fitz is a threat to the throne – but he may also be the key to the future of the kingdom. Cover art by John Howe.