People standing in line at Comic-Con talk to each other. When you're standing in line for books it's natural to talk about favorite authors. Robin Hobb was a name that came up frequently. I was excited to get both Assassin's Apprentice (Book One in the Farseer Trilogy) and an ARC of Fool's Assassin.
Publisher: Del Rey, an Imprint of Random House
Target Audience/Age Group: adult
Part of a Series? Yes
Will the Reviewer Keep It In His/Her Library? Yes
First line: A history of the Six Duchies is of necessity a history of its ruling family, the Farseers.
I liked Assassin's Apprentice because it's a high fantasy novel with solid characters in an interesting world that's well-written. I didn't like the fact that it did nothing to resolve the main plot 'issue' of the kingdom but left it for the next 2 volumes. Still, pretty solid stuff.
The giveaway of Assassin's Apprentice did the job the publisher hoped it would–sell Books 2 and 3. Then it's on to Fool's Assassin.
One of our members was thrilled that Robin Hobb signed her copy. It came with a little card with "JUST TELL THE STORY" on one side and this on the other side:
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Tacoma, WA 98407
On the contact page on her website she says she'd love to hear from her fans. "I really love hearing any feedback from my fans. It helps to know what kind of experience you've had being a reader or what you might like to hear or see in the future." There wasn't a link to an e-mail or a form, so it looks like you have to create an account and log-in to send her feedback through her site. If you want to meet her, you can find out where she's going to be on the site.