The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince Hardcover – 28 Feb 2013
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'Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.'
'Robin Hobb writes achingly well'
'Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.'
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This outstrips for me Robin Hobb's other short stories (`The Inheritance' and `Homecoming', to name a couple of her best) by a good distance. Perhaps in some part due to there being two stories contained here in this novella; each being a near stand-alone tale that centers on events that take place in her most famous setting, the Six Duchies and that unfold one generation apart within its ruling family, the Farseers.
I have to say what I found particularly enthralling was the protagonist who, I don't think I'd be incorrect in stating, is unlike any character the author has thus far created. Felicity, who is burdened with a name (like many of the characters in Hobb's stories whose names are intended to encourage in them a specific virtue) which in her case seeks to promote good fortune, is a wonderfully complex and sympathetic character who (also like many of the characters in Hobb's stories) is swept along by events, often against her will and often at great cost to her personal happiness.Read more ›
As usual with Hobb, the characters are so well-constructed. From the narrator who comes across as such an honest, loyal individual who carries the story excellently from beginning to end, to the Wilful Princess whose unpredictability reminds me a lot of Epiny from the Soldier Son trilogy, and of course the Piebald Prince who like other Hobb characters such as Fitz and Nevare, you have such sympathy for his plights from beginning to end, you continue to love the character because he has such internal strength.
This is also such a fantastic book to read either before or after having read the Assassins trilogy as it explains exactly why the hatred of the Wit had become so ingrained in Buck society by the time Fitz showed up. I read this in one sitting which is easy enough as it is such a short book. And also had it signed by Robin Hobb herself when I met her at one of her book signings. Am so looking forward to her new Fitz and Fool Trilogy!
But having said all that, I kinda wonder why this was written. Its all ancient history from the perspective of the Farseer/Liveship series we have to date, and simple prejudice serves as well as any other explanation: and for all that there are some nuances and shades of grey involved here, basically it all boils down to prejudice and lust for power: stuff we already knew.
So, for the price, think before you buy. If you have enough spare cash, and like Robin Hobb, feel free to plonk it down: but after an hour or so's reading, dont expect to attain Enlightenment, or even a great "a-ha" moment in which you see the Farseer trilogies in a whole new light. Its a book, well made and a good read. But dont regard it as essential: you need not read it simply because it is there.
Two men, vying for both the crown and the heart of the same woman. One oddly marked and in possession of the Wit, and rightful heir to the throne, the other the King's nephew, older, charming, and knowing how to work a crowd. An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. Until there's only one final outcome.
It's great getting to see the whole story, not just because of what happened to the Piebald Prince, but because of what happened with his mother, Princess Caution. If things were different there, then maybe things would have been different with the Prince. There's so much to come out, and if only people in the present day Six Duchies knew the truth, how easier life would be for the Witted!
I can't really say much more, I don't want to spoil this awesome story! But it's fantastic to get to see the truth! And hopefully, the truth will come out one day...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Big thanks to Amazon for selling me a book that isn't compatible with my Kindle and has text too small to read on my tablet. £5.99 lostPublished 1 month ago by Big Dave
In this prequel to the Farseer trilogies, Robin Hobb reveals a part of the History of the Six Duchies, telling us how the Wit became a shameful and forbidden magic, through the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephanie Noverraz
If you are expecting a story on par with all of Robin hobs books in the Farseer series I am afraid you are out of luck. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kiwi
This was quite quirky, wasn't sure if I should have given it to grandchildrenPublished 8 months ago by liz mann
Intriguing little story, beautifully written, as usual for Robin Hobb. Over too soon, and feels like a prequel to a longer story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs Wright
Delivered a couple of days early , very good. A book that I had on my " must have" list for some considerable time, written by my favourite author, well worth the wait . Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. Jacqueline A. Thomas
Loved the artwork and as ever Robins Hobbs writing is brilliant, though it was a slightly shorter book than I expected!Published 12 months ago by Gee
This is a great short story - if you love Robin Hobb you'll love this! Just wish it had been a longer story in a series a some really interesting characters/idea.Published 13 months ago by Anon
Was good to learn more about the Piebalds that feature so heavily in the Fitz stories. The style of writing is different to the other books but very good.Published 13 months ago by Jamie Lawson