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Robin Hobb - Author

About the Author

Robin Hobb was born in California in 1952 and majored in Communications at Denver University, Colorado. Assassin's Apprentice was her first novel, and was followed by the equally successful Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest. She lives outside Seattle, Washington

Featured books by Robin Hobb

Fool's Assassin

Fool's Assassin

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. Martin Robin Hobb returns to her best loved characters in a brand new series. Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown. But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more...On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing. Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger? Suddenly Fitz's violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe.

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Fool's Assassin

Fool's Assassin

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2014

'Fantasy as it ought to be written' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown. But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more...On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing. Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger? Suddenly Fitz's violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe.

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City of Dragons

City of Dragons

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2013

The dragon keepers and fledgling dragons have discovered a route to the lost city of Kelsingra but there is one problem: they need to be able to fly to cross the treacherous waters and enter the fabled city. At first, only a few dragons are willing to try - the others are either too ashamed of their deformed wings and feeble muscles or too proud to risk failure and humiliation. But the rewards waiting at Kelsingra for those brave enough to take to the air are worth more than they could possibly imagine. This was a city built for dragons and their keepers. Alise Finbok is overwhelmed by the treasures she finds there, and spends hours carefully uncovering wonder after wonder, recording her findings for posterity. She knows the knowledge will change everything the world thought about dragons and the Elderlings. Yet rumours of the city's discovery have floated down the Rain Wild River and reached envious ears in Bingtown and beyond. Adventurers, pirates and fortune hunters are coming in droves to pillage what they can from the city. Will the dragons, only just finding their strength, and their keepers, who are changing in their own mysterious ways, be able to fend them off? And what has happened to Tintaglia, the dragon-mother who started it all? Has she really abandoned her offspring forever? Or will she too return to seek the riches of Kelsingra...

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The Inheritance

The Inheritance

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2012

A collection of novellas and stories from one of the most critically acclaimed authors in the fantasy genre, Robin Hobb. Including work written under her pseudonym, Megan Lindholm. Bingtown heiresses rub shoulders in this wonderful collection with vampires and alien musicians, tramps and feral cats. In The Homecoming, Lady Carillion Carrock and a number of other Jamaillian nobles are sailing to the Cursed Shores. Their journey is not by choice: for plotting against the Satrap, their wealth has been confiscated and they have been exiled. Until now, Carillion has done nothing but lead a life of privilege. She believes they are bound for wondrous cities, cities where ancient kings and queens dusted their skin with gold and wore jewels above their eyes. But when she is marooned by the ship's unscrupulous captain, she will soon discover the grim reality of what survival in the Rain Wilds entails. The Silver Lady is a would-be writer, ekeing out a dull existence by working in a Sears store. The one day a man comes in: fortyish, pleasant-looking. Nothing out of the ordinary. Except he says his name is Merlin, and he's about to change her life. Rosemary got involved with the wrong man. Pell is lazy, good for nothing, a bully. Her best friend Hilia knew it and so did her tom cat, Marmalade. But love is blind: Rosemary had Pell's baby, renovated the cottage his grandfather left in his will, turned its land to good use; and then he left her for another woman. Now he's back, and something must be done!

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Other books by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice

Assassin's Apprentice

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

A gorgeously illustrated anniversary edition of the book that launched the epic Farseer Trilogy, featuring a new foreword by Robin Hobb and full-colour illustrations. `Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. Martin Twenty-five years ago, Robin Hobb's first novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening, friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Thus began a beloved saga spanning multiple series, full of adventure, magic, and sinister plots. To celebrate a quarter century of wonder, this special edition of Assassin's Apprentice presents a modern classic as it's never been seen before: with eleven beautiful full-colour illustrations by Magali Villeneuve. Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz's blood runs the magic Skill - and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

Shaman's Crossing

Shaman's Crossing

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

The first book in The Soldier Son Trilogy, from the author of the bestselling Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies. Nevare Burvelle anticipates a golden future. He will follow his father into the army, to the frontier and thence to an advantageous marriage. Over twenty years the army has pushed the frontiers of Gernia as far as the Barrier Mountains, home to the enigmatic Speck people, who retain the last vestiges of magic in a progressive world. Exotic and misunderstood, they are believed to spread a sexual plague which has ravaged the frontier, decimating entire regiments. Such beliefs will affect Nevare's military training at the Academy, where he will experience injustice and foul play. But his world view will also be challenged by his unconventional cousin Epiny. And on Dark Evening, when the carnival comes to Old Thares, it will bring with it the first Specks Nevare has ever seen...

Renegade's Magic

Renegade's Magic

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

The third book in The Soldier Son Trilogy, from the author of the bestselling Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies. The people of Gettys town believe their cemetery soldier, Nevare Burve, guilty of unspeakable crimes. They also recall beating him to death. But Nevare didn't die that day. A power far more intractable than an angry mob seized control of his life and swept him away. The magic of the Speck people has claimed Nevare, and is shaping him into a weapon to halt the Gernian expansion into Speck lands. As his efforts to find a peaceful solution fail, Nevare realizes he can no longer suppress his ruthless Speck self, Soldier's Boy. He is determined to stop the Gernian expansion at all costs, and unlike Nevare, has no sympathy for his spirit-twin's world.

Forest Mage

Forest Mage

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

The second book in The Soldier Son Trilogy, from the author of the bestselling Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies. The King's Cavalla Academy has been ravaged by the Speck plague. As the infirmary empties, Cadet Nevare Burvelle also prepares to journey home. Far from being a broken man, Nevare is hale and hearty after defeating his nemesis, Tree Woman, and freeing himself of the Speck magic that infected him and attempted to turn him against his own people. Yet his nights are still haunted by dreams of the voluptuous Tree Woman, dreams in which his Speck self betrays everything he holds dear in his waking life. Has the plague infected him in ways far more mysterious than the merely physical? Despite his fears, Nevare will journey back in full expectation of a jubilant homecoming and a reunion with his fiancee, Carsina. But his life is about to take a shocking turn, as the magic in his blood roars to life, a magic that seeks to destroy all he loves.

Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 4)

Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 4)

Author: Robin Hobb Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2018

The final instalment of Robin Hobb's Sunday Times best-selling series The Rain Wild Chronicles.Dragon blood and scales, dragon liver and eyes and teeth. All required ingredients for medicines with near-miraculous healing powers. The legendary blue dragon Tintaglia is dying of wounds inflicted by hunters sent by the Duke of Chalced, who meanwhile preserves his dwindling life by consuming the blood of the dragon's poet Selden Vestrit.If Tintaglia perishes, her ancestral memories will die with her. And the dragons in the ancient city of Kelsingra will lose the secret knowledge they need to survive. Their keepers immerse themselves in the dangerously addictive memory-stone records of the city in the hope of recovering the Elderling magic that once allowed humans and dragons to co-exist. In doing so they risk losing their own identities, even their lives.And danger threatens from beyond the city, too. For war is coming: war between dragonkind and those who would destroy them.

Assassin's Fate

Assassin's Fate

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

The much-anticipated final conclusion to the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter Bee was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four, not only for the loss of Bee but also for their torture of the Fool. Accompanied by FitzVigilant, son of the assassin Chade, Chade's protege Spark and the stableboy Perseverance, Bee's only friend, their journey will take them from the Elderling city of Kelsingra, down the perilous Rain Wild River, and on to the Pirate Isles. Their mission for revenge will become a voyage of discovery, as well as of reunions, transformations and heartrending shocks. Startling answers to old mysteries are revealed. What became of the liveships Paragon and Vivacia and their crews? What is the origin of the Others and their eerie beach? How are liveships and dragons connected? But Fitz and his followers are not the only ones with a deadly grudge against the Four. An ancient wrong will bring them unlikely and dangerous allies in their quest. And if the corrupt society of Clerres is to be brought down, Fitz and the Fool will have to make a series of profound and fateful sacrifices. ASSASSIN'S FATE is a magnificent tour de force and with it Robin Hobb demonstrates yet again that she is the reigning queen of epic fantasy.

Assassin's Fate

Assassin's Fate

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

The much-anticipated final conclusion to the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter Bee was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four, not only for the loss of Bee but also for their torture of the Fool. Accompanied by FitzVigilant, son of the assassin Chade, Chade's protege Spark and the stableboy Perseverance, Bee's only friend, their journey will take them from the Elderling city of Kelsingra, down the perilous Rain Wild River, and on to the Pirate Isles. Their mission for revenge will become a voyage of discovery, as well as of reunions, transformations and heartrending shocks. Startling answers to old mysteries are revealed. What became of the liveships Paragon and Vivacia and their crews? What is the origin of the Others and their eerie beach? How are liveships and dragons connected? But Fitz and his followers are not the only ones with a deadly grudge against the Four. An ancient wrong will bring them unlikely and dangerous allies in their quest. And if the corrupt society of Clerres is to be brought down, Fitz and the Fool will have to make a series of profound and fateful sacrifices. ASSASSIN'S FATE is a magnificent tour de force and with it Robin Hobb demonstrates yet again that she is the reigning queen of epic fantasy.

Fool's Assassin

Fool's Assassin

Author: Robin Hobb Format: eBook Release Date: 22/01/2018

Proshli gody s tekh por, kak SHest' Gercogstv oderzhali verh nad piratami krasnyh korablej i ih povelitel'nicej Blednoj Gospozhoj. V strane vocarilsya mir. Posle vsekh tyagot i ispytanij Fitc CHivehl Vidyashchij, vnebrachnyj syn princa CHivehla, zhenilsya na toj, kogo vsegda lyubil, i oni poselilis' v uyutnom pomest'e pod nazvaniem Ivovyj Les. Gody tekli v pokoe i radosti, i lish' odno ogorchalo Fitca: ego drug SHut vernulsya na svoyu dalekuyu tainstvennuyu rodinu i tak i ne prislal vestochki. No u sud'by svoi plany na Fitca CHivehla, i chereda zagadochnyh i zloveshchih sobytij okazalas' predvestiem novoj bol'shoj bedy.

Fool's Fate

Fool's Fate

Author: Robin Hobb Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2017

Odin iz Vneshnih ostrovov pochti polnost'yu pokryt l'dom. Govoryat, chto lyudi zdes' ne zhivut - v samom dele, kak mozhno zhit' na kovarnom lednike, gde pod myagkim snegom kroyutsya zloveshchie rasseliny, gde duyut bezzhalostnye vetry? Govoryat, zdes' spit drakon. Ogromnyj chernyj drakon po imeni Ajsfir. Govoryat, on vosstanet, chtoby zashchitit' ostrova, kogda pridet vrag... No malo li chto govoryat. Zdes', na Aslevdzhale, reshitsya sud'ba Belogo Proroka. Zdes' ego zhdet vernaya, predskazannaya im samim smert'. Zdes' reshitsya sud'ba SHesti Gercogstv i Vneshnih ostrovov - byt' ili ne byt' krepkomu i nadezhnomu soyuzu. Zdes' reshitsya sud'ba mira - budut li v nebesah snova parit' drakony ili lyudi ostanutsya ego polnovlastnymi hozyaevami. Zdes' reshitsya vse. A reshat' pridetsya odnomu cheloveku. Izmenyayushchemu po imeni Fitc CHivehl Vidyashchij.

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2017

Internationally-bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Robin Hobb takes readers deep into the history behind the Farseer series in this exclusive, new novella. Long before the time of Chivalry Farseer, there was another indiscreet member of the royal line. Princess Caution Farseer, in defiance of her name, was headstrong and willful, destined to fall dangerously in love where she ought not. The child she bore, a Witted boy known as the Piebald Prince, rose to favour despite his questionable bloodlines. But the dukes of the Six Duchies backed Canny Farseer for the throne. And so both young men competed for power... But this was not their only struggle: for they both fell in love with the same lady. Such rivalry could end only in bloodshed... A tale of love and secrets, magic and manipulation, heartbreak and murder most foul: only a true-tongued minstrel can reveal the real story of the Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince.

The Inheritance

The Inheritance

Author: Robin Hobb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2017

A collection of novellas and stories from one of the most critically acclaimed authors in the fantasy genre, Robin Hobb. Including work written under her pseudonym, Megan Lindholm. Long before the time of Chivalry Farseer, there was another indiscreet member of the royal line. Princess Caution Farseer, in defiance of her name, was headstrong and willful, destined to fall dangerously in love where she ought not. The child she bore, a Witted boy known as the Piebald Prince, rose to favour despite his questionable bloodlines. But the dukes of the Six Duchies backed Canny Farseer for the throne. And so both young men competed for power... But this was not their only struggle: for they both fell in love with the same lady. Such rivalry could end only in bloodshed... A tale of love and secrets, magic and manipulation, heartbreak and murder most foul: only a true-tongued minstrel can reveal the real story of the Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince.

Golden Fool

Golden Fool

Author: Robin Hobb Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2017

Tron SHesti Gercogstv opyat' nuzhdaetsya v uslugah korolevskogo bastarda, sposobnogo uchenika ubijcy i odnogo iz nemnogih, kto eshche vladeet drevnej magiej Vidyashchih. Pomolvka naslednogo princa visit na voloske; myatezhniki-Polukrovki po-prezhnemu ugrozhayut vydat' tajnu korolevskogo doma; v strane nazrevayut bunty; posly iz dalekogo Udachnogo prosyat voennoj pomoshchi v vojne s Kalsidoj. Kto-to dolzhen nauchit' princa vladeniyu magiej Vidyashchih, sozdat' dlya nego otryad magov, kotoryj v reshayushchij moment podderzhit naslednika trona. Kto-to dolzhen... SHut, staryj drug Fitca i Belyj Prorok, verit, chto ehtu noshu mozhet vynesti tol'ko odin chelovek - Fitc CHivehl Vidyashchij.

Fool's Errand

Fool's Errand

Author: Robin Hobb Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2017

V korolevstve SHest' Gercogstv caryat mir i spokojstvie. V proshlom ostalis' vojny krasnyh korablej. Net bol'she korolya Veriti. Stranoj, poka ne dostig sovershennoletiya princ D'yutiful, pravit vdovstvuyushchaya koroleva Ketrikken. Fitc CHivehl, byvshij korolevskij ubijca, davno otoshel ot del i vot uzhe mnogo let zhivet v hizhine nepodaleku ot pokinutogo gorodka Kuznica. No odnazhdy k Fitcu yavlyaetsya ego staryj uchitel' CHejd i zovet byvshego uchenika v Olenij zamok - obuchat' yunogo princa vladeniyu drevnej magiej dinastii Vidyashchih. Naveshchaet Fitca i davnij drug, kotoryj nekogda byl shutom v Olen'em zamke. On takzhe utverzhdaet, chto prishla pora vernut'sya v bol'shoj mir. Fitc ne poddaetsya na ugovory. No vot prihodit strashnoe izvestie - naslednik trona bessledno ischez, i esli ego ne najti, sorvetsya pomolvka princa i ne budet zaklyuchen soyuz, na kotoryj koroleva vozlagala bol'shie nadezhdy...

Ship of Destiny

Ship of Destiny

Author: Robin Hobb Format: eBook Release Date: 29/06/2017

Poveliteli Trekh Stihij, gordye i prekrasnye drakony vozvrashchayutsya v mir. Vyrvalas' na svobodu iz vekovogo zatocheniya Tintal'ya, raspravila mercayushchie sinevoj kryl'ya - i obnaruzhila, chto ona edinstvennaya iz svoego plemeni, paryashchaya v nebesah. Ved' morskim zmeyam, chtoby prevratit'sya v drakonov, nuzhno podnyat'sya vverh po techeniyu reki, k beregam, pokrytym peskom pamyati, a put' tuda pregrazhdaet otmel'. Net bol'she Starshih, kotorye izdrevle pomogali drakonam i oberegali ih kokony. Znachit, nichego ne ostaetsya, krome kak obratit'sya za pomoshch'yu k "e;mgnovenno zhivushchim - lyudyam. Trilogiya o zhivyh korablyah perevedena masterom hudozhestvennogo slova pisatel'nicej M. Semyonovoj, avtorom "e;Volkodava i "e;Val'kirii.

Assassin's Fate

Assassin's Fate

Author: Robin Hobb Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2017

The much-anticipated final conclusion to the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter Bee was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four, not only for the loss of Bee but also for their torture of the Fool. Accompanied by FitzVigilant, son of the assassin Chade, Chade's protege Spark and the stableboy Perseverance, Bee's only friend, their journey will take them from the Elderling city of Kelsingra, down the perilous Rain Wild River, and on to the Pirate Isles. Their mission for revenge will become a voyage of discovery, as well as of reunions, transformations and heartrending shocks. Startling answers to old mysteries are revealed. What became of the liveships Paragon and Vivacia and their crews? What is the origin of the Others and their eerie beach? How are liveships and dragons connected?But Fitz and his followers are not the only ones with a deadly grudge against the Four. An ancient wrong will bring them unlikely and dangerous allies in their quest. And if the corrupt society of Clerres is to be brought down, Fitz and the Fool will have to make a series of profound and fateful sacrifices. ASSASSIN'S FATE is a magnificent tour de force and with it Robin Hobb demonstrates yet again that she is the reigning queen of epic fantasy.

Mad Ship

Mad Ship

Author: Robin Hobb Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2017

O zhivom korable Sovershennyj hodit durnaya slava: ego schitayut bezumnym, korablem-ubijcej. No on edinstvennyj, kto mozhet spasti drugoj korabl' - Prokaznicu, - zahvachennyj v plen piratami. Bezumnyj korabl', kak i pervyj roman trilogii o zhivyh korablyah, pereveden masterom hudozhestvennogo slova pisatel'nicej M.Semenovoj, avtorom Volkodava i Val'kirii.