The Farseer trilogy is the first segment of the Realm of the Elderlings novels, and the first ever story published under the pen name Robin Hobb. The trilogy tracks the years of the Red Ship War in the Six Duchies as experienced by a young royal bastard, Fitz.
The Farseer trilogy
The novel The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince takes place chronologically before Assassin's Apprentice, as does the short story Cat's Meat. The short stories Blue Boots, Words Like Coins and Her Father's Sword take place around the time of Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin. None of these are prerequisite reading before starting the trilogy. The trilogy is followed chronologically by the Liveship Traders trilogy.
Robin on signing the contract:
On the origins of the story:
Farseer trilogy cover art
For cover art of special standalone editions, audiobooks and translations, see the the article page of each individual title.
Original UK covers (hardcover and paperback)
UK paperback reprint 2007
UK paperback reprint 2014
UK slipcase hardcover edition 2015-2017
UK illustrated 25th anniversary edition 2019-2021 by HarperVoyager
Original US covers
US paperback reprint 2014
US hardcover edition 2016 by Subterranean Press
US illustrated 25th anniversary edition 2019-2021 by del Rey
Folio Society illustrated boxed set 2020
- http://suvudu.com/2010/06/25-years-of-spectra-assassins-apprentice-1995-by-robin-hobb.html Suvudu: 25 years of Spectra: Assassin's Apprentice (1995) by Robin Hobb
- http://www.locusmag.com/1998/Issues/01/Hobb.html Locus magazine interview, january 1998