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The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince Hardcover – 28 Feb 2013

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; Deluxe edition (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781596065444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596065444
  • ASIN: 1596065443
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,212,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.'
The Times

'Robin Hobb writes achingly well'
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'Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.'
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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.

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`The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince' is technically flawless and thoroughly engrossing. As one of Robin Hobb's few ventures into the short story medium (in complete contrast to her pseudonym Megan Lindholm's prolific output in this area) there may be some criticism leveled at this novella that it fails to set the reader's heart racing in the manner of her previously published novels and series. But such criticism would be misplaced, because the author has infused this novella with as many heroically flawed characters as is possible in its 184 pages and the precision of the writing is breathtaking.

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.
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Having read nearly all of Robin Hobb's and Megan Lindholm's works, I have never been disappointed by any of her novels. And this is no different. An absolutely beautiful, mesmerising and often heartbreaking account of love, court rivalry and family connection. This is such a well-written story that is somehow condensed to only 150 pages but you feel like you have read a book of at least 500 pages with the lasting impression it leaves you when you get to the dramatic finale.

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!
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This is Hobb at her best - a beautiful story, told with charm and finesse. The illustrations fit perfectly; and although it isn't a very long book (I read it all in one sitting) it is much better to have quality rather than quantity.
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Alright, this is nicely written, and completely up to Robin Hobb's usual standard. Sub Press have made a nice little 150-page book, and thrown in two gorgeous colour plates that actually do add to the text. Its two linked parts, each reflecting a titular character some years apart. It does provide us with an understanding of why certain attitudes were the way they were in the Farseer series.

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.
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This prequel novella to The Farseer Trilogy is just perfect! It reveals the truth behind why there is such distrust of and disgust for the Wit, and why so many people believe such awful, completely untrue things about what the Wit can do. And it all comes down to rivalry, which spawns jealousy, and leads to lies.

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...
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