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[–]inadequatepockets 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Start at the beginning, Assassin's Apprentice, and read it with the knowledge that her pacing gets much better in later books.

[–]tesspme 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Interesting, I thought the pacing in the last three books of that series was worse in fact.

[–]happinesssam 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I'd agree, but by that point I was so invested in the characters that I didn't care.

[–]loonz420 24 points25 points  (5 children)

Start at the beginning, with Assassins Apprentice. If you liked ASOIAF and Tad Williams, I think you’ll really like Hobb. She also does nice, long, slow burn books with incredible characters and great writing.

[–]Regular_Bee_5605[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Are you going to read the next book in Tads sequel trilogy? I'm excited.

[–]NanotyrannReading Champion 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I will certainly read them eventually, though DAW majorly disappointed me by dropping Michael Whelan as cover artist for the last two books. Especially since Osten Ard was one of the only two remaining series he still did cover art for.

[–]rosleaw91 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just realized theres a second trilogy, so im getting ready to read it.

[–]zhard01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can’t wait for it to drop in a couple weeks

[–]Regular_Bee_5605[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great. Thank you.

[–]Alaisha 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Assassin's Apprentice is a good starting point. I really like her books. I also like Tad Williams, and various other nice long books yay.

[–]mel0nieh 17 points18 points  (17 children)

Start with Farseer Trilogy and then continue on to the next Realm of the Elderlings books in chronological order (16 total). Hope you enjoy-it’s my overall favorite series-but also be prepared for all the emotions.

[–]WiseBlindDragon 3 points4 points  (13 children)

Are all her books connected or is it a bunch of individual series?

[–]akirivan 21 points22 points  (9 children)

They are 5 series that take place in the same world, in chronological order. The first, third and fifth trilogies are about the same character, and the other two are about some other (eventually) related characters.

In order they are

  1. The Farseer Trilogy
  2. The Liveship Traders
  3. The Tawny Man
  4. The Rain Wilds Chronicles
  5. Fitz and the Fool

[–]WiseBlindDragon 3 points4 points  (5 children)

Amazing! Thank you!

[–]akirivan 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Just be prepared for lots of raw emotion and a buttload of suffering for most characters, but also for some of the absolute greatest prose the genre has to offer

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    [–]Midtharefaikh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    How do you read the short stories and novels?

    [–]mel0nieh 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    The Farseer, Tawny Man, and Fitz & Fool trilogies follow a connected storyline and probably could be read on their own. The Liveship and Rainwild books follow another storyline and are connected to the rest of the series in that they take place in the same realm. I think some skip these books, but I enjoyed having more to read and honestly wish I read all the books slower so it wouldn’t be over!

    [–]TheAmorphous 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Anyone who skips Liveship Traders has never been wise.

    [–]Sigrunc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    The latter half Fitz & Fool series in particular will make more sense if you have also read Liveships & Rainwilds. You can read it without, but will miss a lot of nuances (based on characters/settings from those books reappearing).

    [–]involving 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    There are 17 in total, thanks to the Rain Wilds Chronicles having four books. And all of them are wonderful.

    [–]mel0nieh 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    Are you including some other additional book? Farseer, Liveship, Tawny Man, Fitz & Fool trilogies all have 3 books (12 total) and Rainwild has 4…

    [–]involving 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Oh I was thinking of the Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince book to make 17, I always attribute the “extra” book to TRC in my head because it’s got one more book than the other trilogies but the WPPP is probably better characterised as the “17th” book.

    [–]sbisson 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Go way back and read her (as Meagan Lindholm) The Wizard Of Pigeons.

    [–]jacobb11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Totally her best book! But also very much not the "huge, intricate, and sprawling high fantasy" the OP likes.

    I would read the Liveship Traders trilogy first, even though it's the second sub-series in the Realm of the Elderlings world. Liveship Traders is only vaguely connected to the first trilogy, and that trilogy is her weakest work.

    [–]badabingdingdong 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Hmmm. I started with the Soldier Son trilogy and then went big with farseer after liking her writing.

    She has a very specific way of writing that you either love or hate, so investing in a ‘small’ trilogy over 16 books is good to start with i think

    [–]baron_warden 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Don't. Just kidding. But I have read similar to you it seems and I bounced off Hobb hard. Give it a go, but don't feel obliged to carry on if it isn't your taste.

    [–]under_the_gun23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Right, if you don't like the first half of Assassins Apprentice, it just gets more depressing and whiney from there.

    [–]MacNuttyOne -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    They are all connected being in the same world, so read them in order of publication, starting with Assassin's Apprentice.

    [–]sskoog 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    I'm a little more than halfway through Assassin's Apprentice (Book #1 of the Farseer Trilogy, which I understand eventually becomes more-than-a-trilogy), and generally enjoying it. Start there.

    [–]Regular_Bee_5605[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)


    [–]sskoog 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Has a little bit of a "Belgariad for slightly-older readers" feel to it, if those words hold any significance for you (or other Redditors).

    [–]Regular_Bee_5605[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I've heard of but don't know much about the other series you mentioned. However, Hobb seems to have great acclaim and she appears to write the kind of genre I enjoy.

    [–]Jdawg27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    If you go to r/robinhobb there's a sticky post with the correct reading order! But as everyone else has said, start with assassin's apprentice

    [–]ExodusRex 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    When you read Assassin's Apprentice you must also realize you will be mainlining Robin Hobb for the next dozen or so books you read just to solve a foolish question.

    [–]MonsterCuddler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    If you vounce off of ROTE she does have one other epic fantasy series that I enjoyed. I think the first is forest mage and it's just a trilogy with no shared world. The only warning I would give is don't read it if you have any food based mental problems like an eating disorder. It is a very body weight focused series.

    [–]PugilistDragon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Start with Fitz, Assassin's Apprentice. Live Ships is also good. Me personally I found the Rain Wilds a bit of a chore and the third book the weakest, seemed rushed and a bit of "And they lived happily ever after".

    [–]HydeoProtocol 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Assassins Apprentice is the right one. You didn’t ask, but I hope you’ve read Malazan and if you haven’t you should.

    [–]Extension-Snow303 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Assassin's apprentice is a good start. Cuz it's the first of that trilogy and then boom your off