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Assassin's Quest March 2021

A gorgeous dragon ripples to bright blue life.
A stone dragon ripples to life under his hands.  Art by Magali Villeneuve.

Well, I had hoped to show you a brief animation of this image from Assassin's Quest. But as I cannot seem to upload it to my website, I must, with great reluctance, send you to the Robin Hobb Facebook page for that treat, if you wish to see it animated.  Or, you can stay right here and enjoy every detail of the image as the artist created it.   


As many of you already know, Magali Villeneuve and I have been friends for years, so I was delighted when she agreed to do the illustrations for these editions of the Farseer Trilogy.  If you click on her name, you will be taken to an animated illustration of Verity at the Skill River, another image from a set of ten she has done for the Illustrated Edition of Assassin's Quest.


Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin are already available.  Assassin's Quest, the concluding volume, will be available March 2, 2021 and can be preordered from Penguin Random House here:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/80901/assassins-quest-the-illustrated-edition-by-robin-hobb/



But, if you want it to be very special, as in, signed by me possibly with the inscription of your choice, order it from University Book Store in Seattle.  I'll be making a special trip up there to do a covert Covid signing, masked and distanced.  



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Dymocks 101

Hi Australia!  This is a heads up that you have until February 1, 2021 to vote for Dymocks 101.  These are the 101 books that are displayed iN Dymock's Book Stores for 2021 as their top reads.   And readers choose them.  You can vote for up to ten books. 


Assassin's Apprentice is one of the nominees, but there are many fine books on the list.


And if you are especially lucky, you may win a Dymocks gift card worth $101!


Good luck!

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Here Comes 2021!

I wish all of us a Happier and healthier 2021!


I have bits of pieces of news to share.  


On January 7, I will be doing an Ask Me Anything over on Reddit Fantasy.  I hope to be mostly talking about the new edition of Wizard of the Pigeons from Grim Oak Press. The illustrations for ths 35th anniversary edition are by noted fantasy artist Tommy Arnold.   That's a Megan Lindholm book, of course, but I still hope that Robin Hobb fans will drop in to chat.  And maybe be willing to try a book by my Alter Ego. But as always, an Ask Me Anything truly means that you can ask me anything.


Coming up very soon, as in March, Del Rey will be publishing the third and final volulme of The Farseer Trilogy, in hardback.  This well designed hardback of Assassin's Quest perfectly matches the two previous volulmes,  with illustrations by Magali Villeneuve.  (If you missed it, scroll down to an interview with her just below this blog!)  It's available for pre-order now, from Amazon or your favorite independent book seller. Now, if you want it as a signed edition, with a personalized inscription, there are two sources.  One is The Signed Page.  If you visit there,you will see that it's not too late to order the previous two volumes of the Del REy editions, and Wizard of the Pigeons as well.  The Signed Page specializes in first editons that are signed and shipped to you in such a way as to arrive in perfect condition.  The other source to get Assassin's Fate or Wizard of the Pigeons as a signed book is University Book Store in Seattle.   When preording Assassin's Fate, mention in the Comments Section that you would like the book signed.  And if you want it personalized, please let me Emphasize:  Carefully type in EXACTLY what you want me to write in the book! It is so much appreciated when I don't have to guess!


Thanks for beiing a reader!


Robin Hobb

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