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Robin Hobb - Is there a correct, or logical order to the books?


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Initial post: 18 Jan 2013, 09:20:12 GMT
Kev the Rev says:
I've read the Farseer trilogy, which I loved but I haven't yet decided which books to move onto next.

I want to know more about the Fool, so I was thinking those ones, but I'm not sure if there's any crossover with storylines and I don't want to prematurely find out anything or get confused if there are characters I should know about that I haven't yet met.

I asked a similar question with Terry Pratchett books a couple of years ago and got sent some great stuff; even links to charts and timelines. Geeks really came through for me on that one, and I'm hoping the same will happen here.

Obviously when I say Geeks, I don't mean YOU!!

Thanks
Kevin

Posted on 24 Jan 2013, 07:17:59 GMT
K. Babková says:
Hi,

I had the same dilema when I finished the Farseer trilogy. I've decided to read the books from the Realm of the Elderlings in the order in which they were written:
1) The Farseer Trilogy
2) Liveship Traders Trilogy
3) The Tawny Man Trilogy
4) The Rain Wilds Chronicles

I'm finishing the Liveship Traders trilogy book 2 and there have been only few references to the Farseer trilogy so far but I suspect (from some info I read somwhere) there might be more refences to the Liveship Traders trilogy in the Tawny Man trilogy, including some character spoilers - so it would be better to keep the order of the books (and the Liveship Traders trilogy is definitely worth the reading, I'm enjoying it much more than the Farseers).

You may try to search for more info/help here: http://www.theplenty.net (its unofficial fans site for Robin Hobb, there's wiki and forums).
There's also some info on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hobb

Enjoy your reading

Katka

Posted on 4 Feb 2013, 15:45:19 GMT
I read them in this order...

1) The Farseer Trilogy
2) Liveship Traders Trilogy
3) The Rain Wilds Chronicles
4) The Tawny Man Trilogy
..in other words 3 and 4 swapped. I am on the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy now and I have to say that it is like welcoming an old friend home. I suspect that going straight from The Farseer Trilogy to this wouldn't be a problem but it's worth doing your research as I am only reading the first book of the Tawny Man now. On the other hand I am less in love with the characters of the Live Ship Traders than I am with the Fitz, the Fool, etc. Sure Fitz dithers too much and wallows a bit (traits that are seen again in characters in the Live Ship Traders) but the dynamics of the interplay of Wit, Skill, bigotry, and faith combined with the moral character of Fitz to create an interesting flawed character at the heart of a compelling tail. There is humour too in this trilogy as well as warm fires, smoked fish, and craftmanship.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013, 10:31:19 BST
K. Babková says:
Hi,

now, after finishing The Tawny Man Trilogy, I can tell you that it is quite important to keep the order of reading the series as they were written. There are many things from Liveship Traders Trilogy you should know to fully understand and enjoy The Tawny Man Trilogy. And reading the Tawny Man first would also spoil a lot from the Liveship Traders for you (there would be almost no surprises left for you in these books).

Posted on 24 Jan 2014, 13:56:41 GMT
There's a new Fitz and Fool trilogy coming this year...

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2014, 01:00:13 GMT
Sallie Raven says:
Fabulous books all of them! I would agree with your arrangement only the Rain Wild Chronicles def come last. So looking forward to the next trilogy!!! I'm reading the four books about Ki and Vandien written under robin Hobbs' other, earlier pen-name of Megan Lindholm, as i've run out of all the Robin Hobb books, what a intreging writer she is, you can hardly ever guess where the plot will twist next!
thank you Robin Hobb.

Posted on 10 Aug 2014, 13:16:55 BST
Last edited by the author on 10 Aug 2014, 13:33:14 BST
Gavin Sheedy says:
And when you're done with those, start on the books that she wrote as Megan Lindholm. Alien Earth is especially good.

Posted on 5 Sep 2015, 15:03:50 BST
Acinom says:
This is the chronological order, and also the order of publication of all her Realm of the Elderlings books, that really constitute one massive story.

Farseer Trilogy
Liveship Traders Trilogy
Tawny Man Trilogy
Rainwild Chronicles
Fitz and the Fool Trilogy

Tawny Man can be read straight after the Farseer books, but I would definitely recommend reading Liveships before getting stuck into Tawny Man. Without giving anything away, there are certain links between the trilogies and there is a particular element of the narrative that will be spoiled for you if you go straight into Tawny Man.

The Liveships trilogy is very enjoyable anyway, although it does start slowly. Takes a while to get going, but once it does...wow! You're in for a big treat, and a massive expansion of the scope of the story.

If you're going to skip any series then the Rainwild Chronicles are the obvious choice. They're not on the same level as the rest of the books. I'm not a big fan, though they're not awful. While they do add some extra information to the rest of the story, you won't be missing much if you skip them.

I would also recommend reading The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince before tackling the Fitz and the Fool books. By no means essential, but it adds a certain something. I'm being intentionally vague.
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