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March 26, 2019

25 years of Fitz

I've written about this in several other places! Time to update things here.

In October of this year, Bantam Del Rey will bring out an Illustrated 25th Anniversary Edition of Assassin's Apprentice. The illustrator is one whose name you will knw if you enjoy Magic the Gathering. And if you don't play, you can enjoy some of her work here:

I met Magali Villaneuve a number of years ago in France. At one point, she gifted me with an art book of her work, and in the front she had included a pencil sketch of Fitz. And yes, it looked like him.

I've been very fortunate that I've already seen some of the art for the illustrated edition, as well as the sketches in progress. I'm very pleased with them. I suggested some of the moments from the books, and she chose some; I think she captures the emotions of those turning points very well.

The publisher has committed to bringing out all three of the volumes of the Farseer Trilogy in these new hardbacks, and all will feature Magali's art.

The first volume is available for pre order now. If you want to acquire all three volumes in hardcover with Magali's illustrations, I respectfully suggest you buy them as they are published. We all know how quickly hardcovers go out of print, and then become astronomically expensive on e-bay!

For a glimpse of the cover art, here is the Amazon link:
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Published on March 26, 2019 21:54

February 2, 2019

Fretting over Stars again

Years ago, I made a comment that I saw nothing wrong with giving a book two stars on Goodreads. Goodreads says that 2 stars mean, "It was okay." And pragmatically, many of the books any of us read are just that. Okay. Okay enough that I finished it.

3 Stars mean, I liked it, and so on.

So. Say I just finished a book. I finished it, so that means it's not a one star. One star books don't get that much of my time. How do I feel about this book. For me, well, it's between and two and a three. I liked a lot of it, and in a few places I sighed and made the decision to keep reading.

But the thing is, I know that a goodly percentage of the people who read my books would actually give that book a four or a five star rating. Because it has x or y or z elements that they love, and they actually wish I'd put more of that ingredient in my books.

(X, Y or Z examples. Extended graphic sex. Very graphic violence. Pages of description of the geography. Pages and pages of intricate history you must know to understand why they are star crossed lovers. Buffonery and pratfalls. Puns. Gooey romance. S&M. )

Those are elements that, in excess, lessen my enjoyment of a book. But those same elements, lavishly and extravagantly applied are exactly what some of my readers most love in a book. Those elements are often why a book I merely liked becomes a number one best seller.

Soo . . . do I give a book the stars I'd give if I were recommending it to me? Or give it the stars that will bring it the readers it deserves?

It's a dilemma. And for now, I think I'll pretend I'm recommending the book to myself, and star it accordingly.
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Published on February 02, 2019 21:26

December 8, 2017

2 stars and reading outside your zone

So I have a dilemma when I post reviews here.

Often I read books that I know I won't love. Books that were not written for me. I read them to find out why they were best sellers, or because a friend gave it to me, or because a horde of people have recommended it to me.

Let me pull an example from the past.

Marvin K Mooney, Will You Please Go Now? by Dr. Seuss. I've read this several hundred times to small children. They love it. They would each give it five stars, even before they can count five stars. But for me, it's a two stars book. It was okay. I can see the value of it. I know that it's five stars for the target audience. But for me, it's two stars. Because if I were left alone in a room with a pile of books, that would not be the one I'd choose to pick up. It's an okay book.

In contrast, McElligott's Pool gets 4 stars from me. And One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish gets five!

I don't hate those 2 stars books. If they're all I have to read, I'll read them. They're okay. But they're not for me. I'm not a teenager anymore, so there are YA books that simply don't speak to me. (And some that do, still!) There are wish fulfillment fantasies or romances that are fulfilling wishes I never had. Humorous fantasy tales that are more humorous than fantastic. They're okay. But they're not what I'm hoping to find when I pick up a book.

Or it might be a book where there are too many coincidences that favor the hero. Or ones where the happy ending is 'And then they had sex. Finally. And it solved everything.'

But if I give a book two stars, some people regard that as a slam.

So, most often, I chicken out.

I'm writing this for the people who wonder why most of my reviews are at least three stars. The simple answer is that I don't write reviews for the books that are only 'okay'. If you're reading my reviews, it might be because you've agreed with some of my star ratings, and you hope to turn up a book you'll love that you wouldn't otherwise discover.
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Published on December 08, 2017 20:59

November 11, 2017

Beautiful UK edition of Assassin's Quest

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook, you've probably seen this already. There is a giveaway for UK readers to win a copy of the anniversary edition of Assassin's Quest.

It's a beautiful book, well bound with quality paper. The interiors are by John Howe, the well known Tolkien artist. He also did the UK covers for the original editions of the Farsee Trilogy.

Yes, the giveaway is only for the UK. That's because the offer is from HarperCollins UK, the publisher for the United Kingdom.

If you want a chance to win, follow @harpercollinsuk on Instagram
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Published on November 11, 2017 10:27

April 8, 2017

Giveaway of Galley of Assassin's Fate

Can't wait for the book to come out? Are you sure?

Well, if you really can't wait, click on the link above and enter for a chance to win one of 25 galleys.

Better hurry!
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Published on April 08, 2017 12:15 Tags: assassin-s-fate, giveaway

March 5, 2016

New Look for Website

We've just done a nice update to the website at I'd like to invite you all to drop in and then to let us know what you think of it!

You will also find there information on how to share your fan art with us, for display on the website or Tumblr.

Please do give us some feedback on what you like or dislike about the site. Are we missing something that you'd like to see there?

And yes, I know I look peculiar at the start of the Hebben video. Still do that to me when my mouth is open and my eyes are blinked!

Thanks for dropping by!

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Published on March 05, 2016 12:35

August 13, 2015

UK release day for Fool's Quest!

Book release days are always special to me! The works is finally out there for readers, and it's wonderful to hear back what they think of the tale. Fool's Quest

I have two exceedingly handsome covers for the US and UK editions. I could not be prouder of how they are presented, nor more grateful to all the people who worked to make them so lovely! Here is the US cover.Fool's Quest

In addition to Fool's Quest launching this month, next month will see a special anniversary for me. Assassin's Apprentice will be twenty years old, and HarperVoyager will be issuing a special edition of it in the UK. John Howe, who provided the first cover illustrations for me in the UK, has returned to gloriously decorate this edition.

I don't have a link yet for that edition, but believe me, it is stunning!
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Published on August 13, 2015 15:37 Tags: alejandro-colucci, jackie-morris, john-howe

July 29, 2015

ARC give Away for Fool's Quest

Well, just in case you didn't notice, there's a give away for ARC's of Fool's Quest. Act fast, there's a limited number and only two days to get them!

Please do remember that an ARC is an Advance Reading Copy. It will not be the same as the published hardback. All my pre editing mistkes will be in it for you to enjoy and ponder! :)

Best wishes!

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Published on July 29, 2015 10:21

May 11, 2015

Spanish week!

Well, I see my website is glitching and not updating my blog here. My, I do love this digital age we live in! :)

So, if the computer won't do it, I'll do it myself!

Do you speak or/and read Spanish? Do you read Spanish SF/fantasy or write or edit it?

No. Me neither. :( But I'm always in search of a good story and I love discovering new writers and works.

So this week, over on reddit fantasy, we are celebrating Spanish week and trying to bridge that gap. I hope readers and writers and editors will drop by to join us. I've already learned a great deal and it's only Monday!

And on WEdnesday, I will be doing my very first bi-lingual Ask Me Anything on reddit. Please come and visit!
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Published on May 11, 2015 14:12

August 8, 2014


Originally published at Robin Hobb. You can comment here or there.

Well, I am safely arrived in my London hotel and I’ve even paid back a bit of my sleep debt from this crazy week. I’m now ready for adventure!

For a detailed listing of bookstores that I’ll be visiting click on the appearances tab at the top of my home page to see where I’ll be reading and signing books.

For specific information on where I will be during Loncon3, please visit their page at

Here is the quick reference to find me in the UK!

August 9, 1 PM Waterstones Reading Oracle, 12 Holy Brook Mall, The Oracle, RG1 2AQ Signing

August 9, 7 PM Waterstones Birmingham, 128 New Street, Birmingham B2 4DB Reading and Signing

August 10 1PM Waterstones Sheffield, 24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB Signing

August 10 6PM Waterstones Liverpool One, 12 College Lane, L1 3DL SOLD OUT (see note below)

August 11, 7PM Waterstones York, 15 Coney Street, York Y01 9QL SOLD OUT (see note below)

August 12 6PM Forbidden Planet, London

August 13 LONCON 3

August 14 LONCON 3 Panels: 1:30 PM The Changing Face of the Urban Fantastic

4:30 PM What’s In A Name?

August 15 LONCON 3 Panels: 1:30 Fantasy and Medievalism

5:00 Kaffeeklasch

6:00 Liveship Trading: Fantasy Economies

August 16 LONCON 3 9:00 AM Morning Stroll!

Workshop 11:00 Children’s Writing: Right Here, Write Now!

3:00 Worldbuilding

6:00 I Before They Except after You (point of view)

August 17 LONCON 3 Panels 11:00 Food Politics

1:30 Keynote Interview

5:00 Signing

August 18 LONCON 3 Reading 10:00

Panel 1:30 When Assassin Didn’t Need To Be Hooded


August 19 The George RR Martin and Robin Hobb Interview with Jane Johnson

Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ


Some of the bookstore events are sold out. If you could not get a ticket, or have to work, you can still get a book personalized to you. Contact the bookstore and pre-order the book, paying for it. Then request the dedication you want in the book. I will sign and personalize the book for you to pick up later. And if you just want a signed book, that’s even easier. I will be leaving signed stock at the bookstores for readers to buy in the following days.

If you could not get tickets to my chat with GRRM at the Freemasons Hall, you can still enjoy

it, live, no matter where you live. BlinkBox Books will be livestreaming it from their Facebook. That’s an important detail. Not their website, their FACEBOOK. Details are here:

That’s all for now!


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Published on August 08, 2014 09:25