Robin Hobb Books In Order

Publication Order of The Ki and Vandien Quartet Books

Harpy's Flight (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Windsingers (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Limbreth Gate (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Luck of the Wheels (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tillu and Kerlew Books

The Reindeer People (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wolf's Brother (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Farseer Trilogy Books

Assassin's Apprentice (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Royal Assassin (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assassin's Quest (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Farseer Short Stories

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Liveship Trilogy Books

Ship of Magic (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mad Ship (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ship of Destiny (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Tawny Man Trilogy Books

Fool's Errand (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Fool (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fool's Fate (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Rain Wilds Chronicles Books

Dragon Keeper (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon Haven (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City of Dragons (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood of Dragons (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Soldier Son Trilogy Books

Shaman's Crossing (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forest Mage (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Renegade's Magic (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fitz and The Fool Trilogy Books

Fool's Assassin (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fool's Quest (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Wizard of the Pigeons (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cloven Hooves (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alien Earth (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gypsy (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden is the real name of this US fantasy writer. She boasts a rich history that stretches back in 1952 when she was born in California. Later on, at the age of nine, she and her family left California to live a self-sufficient life in Alaska and it was there that she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. This lifestyle change was sudden and dramatic. The family had to create a large garden and erect a meat store in the front yard. It is this store that became her first private place to work on writing during summer when it was not in use for storing frozen meat. Yes, it’s all about Robin Hobb.

What is more

Robin Hobb knew she wanted to write, even in her early age, and she was not sure if there was a particular influence; it was probably a host of factors coming together. Like to ascertain the writing quest, she wrote her first story when she was 7 on a pencil paper. In 1969 she graduated from high school at 17 and got married to Fred Ogden after a brief stint at Denver University. She followed her husband to her hometown, before they moved to Pacatello Idaho to complete their education. Since then, they have lived in various parts of Pacific Northwest, finally setting in Tacoma, Washington. She is currently a mother of four and has three grandchildren.

It’s such a long journey

Robin Hobb began her writing career in high school and she started submitting poetry and fiction to magazines in 1970. In 70’s and 80’s, she exploited her career further by writing local newspapers and several children’s magazines – Highlights for Children and Humpty Dumpty. Perhaps motivated by the grant awarded to her short story, “The Poaching”, by the Alaska Council for the Arts, she moved from writing children’s stories into a realm of SF and fantasy in her late seventies. Mind you, the short story was republished in an anthology, Finding our Boundaries in 1979.

Robin Hobb published short works in various popular magazines, notably Space and Time which is edited by Gordon Linzner. It was in 1982 when she sold her first novel, Harpy’s Flight. The characters featured in this novel had first appeared in a short story, “Bones for Dulath” in AMAZONS!, an entitled anthology. AMAZONS! Won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology in 1980 and greatly promoted her work in reaching a broad readership.

Fantasy series

The inspirational writer is best known for her trilogies set in the Realm of the Elderlings.

The Farseer Trilogy

The first volume of The Farseer Trilogy, first introduced readers to this world readers with the Assassin’s Apprentice publication in 1995.

This story of FitzChivarly Farseer, a royal family’s illegitimate scion, during a time when the Six Duchies are being attacked by the warships from the Out Island, is told in a first person point of view. The boy grows up under training as an assassin but he later claims a place as a warrior. Moreover, the influence of a mysterious prophet, the Fool, forces the young Fitz in a role that influences the role of the entire Six Duchies. This trilogy was completed by with Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest in 1996 and 1997 respectively. And all the 3 publications were nominated for the British Fantasy Society’s Award. The books quickly appeared in the UK and Australia, it’s were widely translated throughout the world.

The Liveship Traders trilogy

This trilogy, a tale set in the same world but in Bingtown, a trading city far to the south, involves stories that are influenced chronologically by the events Fitz has set in motion. The trilogy was comprised by Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny in 1998, 1999 and 2000 respectively. The tale follows the adventures of Liveship Vivacia as the magical ship comes to consciousness, and is taken over first as a slave ship and then as a private vessel. The course of Bingtown’s war with Chalced and their subservience to Jamaillia, was altered by the emergence of the sentient sea serpents that have a connection to the living ships. But this was to exact a price as well, Mad Ship and Ship of Magic were both nominees for the Endeavor Award.

The Tawny Man trilogy

This was the title of a new set of books with which Robin Hobb returned to the tale of Fitz and the Fool. Fitz, left in peace and solitude at the end of The Farseer trilogy, is forced to return to serve his family once again as the Fool returns from his adventure in Bingtown to enlist his aid in changing the world once more. Both characters were reunited in Fool’s Errand, Golden Fool and Fools Fate in 2001, 2003 and 2004 respectively. That’s not enough! Robin Hobb was honoured with the Elf Fantasy Award.

The Soldier Son Trilogy

The revered writer was now moving from the Realm of Elderlings into a ‘gunpowder fantasy.’

It is set in a world politically divided between new and old nobility, where a birth order determines a man’s life.

From his childhood, Nevare knows that he is destined to a cavalry officer and a soldier. His father entrusts him to the honour of an old enemy for training, he is inflicted with a magic indigenous to the lands and the conquered people. He later finds a clear mapped future derailed since the magic transforms him both physically and mentally, forcing him to live a double life. The trilogy was made up by Shaman’s Crossing, Forest Mage and Renegade’s Magic in 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively. Renegade’s Magic won the 2007 Endeavor Award while Shaman’s Crossing honoured in the 2007 Best Foreign Novel Category.

Rain Wild Chronicles

This is the most recent work of Robin Hobb and first published by Dragon Keeper in 2009. It is a setting from The Liveship Traders trilogy that picks up the tale of the denizens of that toxic and wild region, and the dragons’ fate hatched there. The story moves between the tale of a genteel Bingtown woman and dragon scholar determined to visit the Rain Wilds and see the dragons. The dragons and their keepers are both changed by the adventure and their association with one another. The four chronicles of Rain Wild Chronicles are; Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Dragon’s blood.

Truly, it’s a career well exploited and a quest satisfied accordingly.

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