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Robin Hobb's Infrequent and Off Topic Blog

AuthorFest at Powells Books, Beaverton Oregon

AuthorFest is coming up!  On November 10, at 4 PM, Powells Books in Beaverton Oregon will be hosting a horde of SF and fantasy writers!  I will be there to sign.  And for purchasers of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Assassin's Apprentice, I will have a special bonus.  I have bookplates signed by Magali Villeneuve, the illsutrator.  (Of course, if you've already purchased the book bring it in for me to sign and to get a bookplate!)  


There will be a host of other authors there, all ready and willing to sign their books for you! Look for your favorites on this list.

 Fonda Lee

Terry Brooks

Brent Weeks

Sebastien de Castell

Shawn Speakman

Caitlin Starling

Jason Gurley

Brenda Cooper
Curtis C Chen

Kevin James Breaux

Spencer Ellsworth

Ken Scholes

Emily Suvada

Devon Monk

C J Cherryh


I will hope to see you there!


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Audio Books for Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven

Original US cover art for Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven. Image on left is blue dragon with a girl standing beside it.  Image on right is a ship approaching a city with dragons overhead.
Original US cover art for Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven

Several months ago, I began hearing from readers that they could not order the audio books of Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven, the first two books in the Rain Wilds Chronicles. Audio books for book three, City of Dragons remain available, as does book four, Blood of Dragons.  But I certainly understand that readers don't want to skip the first two books in a set and jump into the middle of a story.


The issue seems to be that there was a lapse in the contract for the audio rights for those two books.  I think most readers understand that the creation of an audio book is outside the realm of my being a writer.  How it works is that an audio book company requests to buy the rights to create the audio book.  The audio book company creates the version using their readers and equipment and distribution system.  It's something that most writers have little control over once the contract is signed. 


The news I have right now is what you may already have seen on   The new versions of the audio books will be available in June of 2020.  That's an eight month wait, and I can do little except apologize. 


What I can recommend in the meantime is that readers check with their local libraries.  My library uses a wonderful app called Libby.  Using my card, and from anywhere with wifi, I can check out ebooks and audio books.  It is my hope that you can check out the older versions of Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven from your local libraries and enjoy them as audio books that way. 


Thanks for your understanding!



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Jet City Comic Show

Once upon a time, Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions and comic book conventions were places where a few hundred folk gathered to talk about the genre they loved.  


They became more popular, and included more slices of the fandom. Costuming, films, television series, illustrators, editors, agents, musicians, actors and of course more and more merchants.  Soon the hundreds of attendees had become thousands, and then hundreds of thousands!  The big conventions were expensive and sold out fast.  You might want to attend with your friends, but you couldn't be sure that all of you would be lucky enough to get tickets.


Gone were the days of leaning on a table and chatting with an illustrator, one on one.  Even  old friends seemed to have less and less time to chat as they had to hurry off to one of the multiple track programming events. Sometimes it's hard to see the displays past the shoulder to shoulder people.


But smaller gatherings still do exist.  Jet City Comic Show, at the Convention Center in Tacoma, Washington is one of them.  It's a two day show, on October 26 adn27th.  It's affordable, not sold out, and one can either bus there or find good parking!    And once you are there, there are both wonderful things to do and see, and still time to meet people and have a real conversation.  You can discuss how a piece of jewelry was made, or compare the styles of favorite illustrators.  It's a place to meet up with old friends and find new ones.  It's family friendly, so even the youngest (or oldest!) fans are welcome.


Who might you meet?  Gil Gerard.  Or Felix Silla. A  Bumblebee Transformer Car. Jim Valentino. Ben Templesmith.  Well, the list is actually too long for here, so try this link: Jet City Guests


I will be there for both Saturday and Sunday.  I'll be presenting a panel on Write Here, Right Now, about why you should, indeed, start your story writing right now.


I hope you'll be able to join us.  Please feel free to bring any of my books that you would like signed.

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Book Disasters

Dear Readers,


Accidents happen, even at the best publishing houses and printing services.  I have been alerted by two readers that their copies of the 25th Anniversary Illustrated edition of Assassin's Apprentice have reached them in less than perfect condition.


In one instance, the pages were coming loose from the binding.

In the second one, some pages and an illustration were completely missing!


I appreciate readers letting me know that some of the copies are flawed.  It's important for me to know that. 


If this, or anything similar happens to you, with any book (not just my own), it's good to let the author and the publishing house know.  Then contact the bookstore or online retailer that sold you the book, and tell them that you need a replacement.  You paid for a perfect copy: you should get one!


Unfortunately, it is beyond my ability to simply send you a new copy. Writers seldom have a large store of their own books that they can simply send out.  It's up to the retailer to replace the bad copy, which they can then send back or notify the distributor to be reimbursed.


Please be tenacious about this.  I want every reader to get the quality of book they paid for!



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Authors Disappointing Dogs

An image of author Robin Hobb, looking into the disappointed face of a black and white dog.
Poor, poor Fox.

Clearly, Robin refused to sign her book.

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How to Get a Signed Book

I really need to put up a Frequently Asked Question page for this site!


But, until I get that done, I'm going to answer this frequently asked question right here.  


How Can You Get a Signed Book?


There are two excellent sources.  The first is for a book that is going to be released soon, such as the 25th Anniversary edition of Assassin's Apprentice.  If you would like a pristine copy of this, signed by me and shipped to you in absolutely perfect condition, then The Signed Page is for you.  Shawn has been operating that service for years now, and you will find there books by many SF and fantasy authors, all signed for you.  For instance, right now you can get books signed by Joe Abercrombie or Brent Weeks. But if you explore the site, you will find many others including some by me!  These books sell out, so if you want one, you shoudl order it.


But suppose you want a paperback signed or yes, you want the 25th anniversary edition of Assassin's Apprentice.  Then I suggest you visit Seattle's University Book Store site. In the search bar, put Robin Hobb.  Up will pop an extensive list of my books.  Choose the one or ones that you want.  As you complete the order form, note that you will see a 'comments' box.  In that box, note that you would like the book signed.  The store will send that book or books down to their Tacoma branch, I will drive to town and sign it, and it will be shipped to you.  Pretty easy for all of us!


And thank you for asking!



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The 25th Anniversary Illustrated Editions of The Farseer Trilogy

The covers of the hardback illustrated editions of The Farseer Trilogy.  Assassin's Fate features a stylized buck in gold, Royal Assassin has a red ship, and Assassin's Quest has a blue dragon.
The three lovely covers of the illustrated editions of the Farseer Trilogy: Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest

Well.  There they are.  After more than 25 years, I am thrilled to say that the Farseer Trilogy will exist in matching editions in hardover in the US!  


Moreover, these books will be of excellent production quality.  All three will feature art by Magali Villeneuve.  The endpapers are a gorgeous map of the Six Duchies.  Assassin's Apprentice also features as a frontspiece the original paperback cover art by no other than Michael Whelen.  


As I have with every book I've writtern, the initial launch for Assassin's Apprentice 25th Anniversary Edition will be from University Book Store in the University District of Seattle, Washington State. I will be there to sign and chat with readers on October 1, 2019 at 7 PM. 1.800.335.7323 | 4326 University Way, N.E.
Seattle, Washington 98105 


Duane tells me they already have over 50 pre-orders, but its still not too late to add yours!  If you want the book personalized, please add that information to the 'comments section of the order form.


The very next day, I will be flying to New York City for New York Comic Con.  I'm very excited to be there again, to meet readers and to sign books for them.  We will also have some free books to give away at the Del Rey Booth.  So if you have your tickets to NYCC, please be sure to come by and see us! 

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25th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of Assassin's Apprentice

Magali Villeneuve's illustration of The Fool, from Assassin's Apprentice
The Fool by Magali Villeneuve.  One of the illustrations in the 25th Anniversary Edition of Assassin's Apprentice.

A number of years ago, in France, I had the good fortune to meet a wonderful illustrator named Magali Villeneuve. I was very impressed with her work, to put it mildly. She had illustrated such well known properties as A Song of Ice and Fire, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. I attended Imaginales in Epinal, France several more time, often encountering Magali and getting to know her better. At one time, she presented me with a lovely book of her work, entitled A Journey Through Illustrations ; in the front was a hand drawn sketch of FitzChivalry. And immediately I wished I could see more of her impressions of my characters and the Realm of the Elderlings.


When discussing with Anne Groell, my longtime US editor at Random House, the possibility of a 25th anniversary edition of Assassin's Apprentice, Anne asked me what illustrators I might like. As it happened, Magali Villeneuve was someone we both wanted for the project.


I was delighted when Magali agreed, and remain so!


On October 1, in both the US and the UK, the 25th Anniversary Edtion of Assassin's Apprenticed will be released. It features ten lavish color illustrations by Magali.

I will launch the book, as always, from University Book Store in Seattle, Washington, on October 1 at 7 PM. I will be available to sign copies that evening. If you are unable to attend, but still desire a signed copy, it is possible. When pre-ordering the book from the bookstore website (above) , just fill in the 'comments' section of your order with the request that the book be autographed.


For those attending New York City Comic Con from October 3 to 7, I will also be making appearances there and signing the book. I will post more on that as my exact schedule is known.

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Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven Audio Book difficulties for US

The UK cover of The Dragon Keeper.  The art is by Jackie Morris, and features a blue dragon, wings folded.
Cover Art by Jackie Morris

Good Afternoon!
In the last few days, I've received a number of emails from US readers about the audiobooks for Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven.

For reasons my agent and I are still untangling, US readers are unable to purchase these titles as audiobooks.

We are still trying to determine what is wrong. When we find out what is going on, or remedy the situation, I will post about it here.

For now, I fear I can only recommend that you try your local library! My Timberland Regional Library here has a wonderful app that I can use to download ebooks and audiobooks directly to my phone without even leaving my bedroom! I can only hope you are as fortunate, and that the books are available to you through the library.

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