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Pre Order Day in the UK for Royal Assassin! (And maybe a signed bookplate!)

Today is the day!  The Illustrated Edition of Royal Assassin is now available for preorder in the UK!  It has the same wonderful illustrations by Magali Villeneuve  but it has a slightly different binding than the US one.  And of course it has the British spellings!

 

Weeks ago, I signed a large batch of bookplates and sent them off to the UK.  So, if you act quickly and use one of these links, chances are that you may receive a book with an autographed bookplate.  No promises!  I couldn't sign an infinite number of them, but they are definitely out there.  We've placed them at these bookstores.

 

Here's the Link to order from Cole's Books

 

And this one is for Forbidden Planet

 

And many thanks to Cole's Books and Forbidden Planet for taking the extra trouble with the bookplates!

 

 

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How to Get a Signed Illustrated Royal Assassin AND UK Edition Launches June 25th

Covers for the Illustrated Editions of the Farseer Trilogy.  Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin are currently available.

Ah, Covid 19, the terrible things you have done to us.  No live readings, no live signing sessions, no book tours, no conventions . . . 

 

I can offer a tiny opportunity in place of all those lost things.

 

You can still get a signed copy of the Illustrated Royal Assasin.  

 

There are two options for this:

 

Go to The Signed Page.  This site specializes in pristine copies of signed first edtiion hardbacks.  I signed over 700 copies for them, in Shawn's garage, as we masked and kept our distance from each other!  Most of those have already shipped, but there are some left.  (And, oh, yes, you can pre-order a Lindholm books called Wizard of the Pigeons at the same time!)

 

Go to University Book Store.  I have not yet gone to the store to sign books, so you can still request a dedication.  If you want me to sign your copy or  write something special in the book, like 'Happy Birthday Sally', please note that in the 'comments' box when you order the book. They ship FREE via media mail for orders over $16.  But that is US shipping addresses only.  And while supplies last, you will receive a set of four color prints of art from the book.  

 

A bright spot: They will also have copies of the Illustrated Edtion of Assassin's Apprentice.  So if you want that book also, to have the first two in matching editions, you can also order it, and I will sign it as well.

 

UK READERS Please note: As of June 25th, 2020, there will be a UK edition  from HarperCollins Voyager, and it will have the same wonderful illustrations from Magali Villeneuve.  Shipping for that book will be substantially less! So if you live in the UK or Europe, you might consider that volume.  Click on the link above to find many book stores that would be happy for your order!

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A Very Special Publishing Day Offer

Images of prints of Nighteyes and Kettricken, and two other 'mystery prints' to be revealed later.
All art by Magali Villeneuve

It's June 16th, 2020, and that is publication day for the Illustrated Edition of Royal Assassin, the second book in the Farseer Trilogy.  Today it will join the Illustrated Edition of Assassin's Apprentice on bookstore shelves!

 

 

To celebrate, and with thanks to Penguin Random House, we will be offering a bonus for each copyordered from University Book Store in Seattle Wshington: a set of four prints of artwork from Royal Assassin.  We have extended this offer to include the Illustrated Edition of Assassin's Apprentice also! So it's a wonderful time to acquire both hardbacks.

 

For each book you order, you will also receive a set of four prints. So, if you order both volumes, you will receive a set of prints with each.  We've selected four wonderful images from this book.  Each set will include Kettricken, Nighteyes, and two more prints yet to be revealed!

 

All artwork is by Magali Villeneuve

 

To order, please use this link: University Book Store, Seattle

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Signing Illustrated Royal Assassin

Cover Art for Royal Assassin, the Illustrated Edition

Several people have asked if they can still get a signed copy of Royal Assassin, the Illustrated Edition.  

 

The answer is yes.

 

Although we cannot do a public reading and signing as I've done so often at University Book Store, the store IS taking orders for Royal Assassin.  And if you wish, in the 'comments' section of your book order, write in that you'd like it signed.  If you want it signed a certain way, please be very specific, as in, "To Amanda, Happy Birthday."

 

(I must admit, it feels a bit awkward when someone asks me to write, "To Herman, my first and only love!"  And then I sign it Robin Hobb!  So maybe that could be, To Herman, beloved of Sally."  ) 

 

I will note that you can order ANY Robin Hobb book from University Book Store and they will do their best to get it for you.  Of course, they'll do that for any book you want by any author!

 

Here's a direct link to the Royal Assassin page on the UBS website.  

 

Many thanks to the people who asked about this.  Duane, my favorite book seller, and I will make this happen.  Somehow! I will probably go in masked and sit down with a stack of books and a pen.  But we will make it happen.

 

 

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Royal Assassin Reveal of Nighteyes

Here we see Nighteyes the wolf as a caged and abused cub, as Fitz first met him
Nighteyes, as envisioned by Magali Villeneuve

On June 16, two weeks from today, the Illustrated Edition of Royal Assassin will be published!

 

Revealed today is Nighteyes, a beloved character first introduced in Royal Assassin. The artwork is by Magali Villeneuve.  This French artist (and friend) is best known for her work on Magic the Gathering, but has also created artwork for The Lord of the Ring, Game of Thrones, books by Brandon Sanderson and Dungeons and Dragons. A visit to her website is highly recommended!

 

Royal Assassin is the second volume of the Farseer Trilogy.  The first book, Assassin's Apprentice, is already available in a handsome matching volume, also illustrated by Magali Villeneuve.  Assassin's Quest, the concluding volume, will be issued in a matching binding and also with Magali's illustrations. This is the first time that all three volumes of the trilogy will be available in matching hardbacks in the US.

 

Penguin RandomHouse makes it very easy to pre-order the volume, with links to many of your favorite book sellers here

 

And yes, there will be a UK edition, also with the Magali Villeneuve illustrations, from Harper Voyager.

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