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Internationally-bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Robin Hobb takes readers deep into the history behind the Farseer series in this exclusive, new novella.

One of the darkest legends in the Realm of the Elderlings recounts the tale of the so-called Piebald Prince, a Witted pretender to the throne unseated by the actions of brave nobles so that the Farseer line could continue untainted. Now the truth behind the story is revealed through the account of Felicity, a low-born companion of the Princess Caution at Buckkeep.

With Felicity by her side, Caution grows into a headstrong Queen-in-Waiting. But when Caution gives birth to a bastard son who shares the piebald markings of his father’s horse, Felicity is the one who raises him. And as the prince comes to power, political intrigue sparks dangerous whispers about the Wit that will change the kingdom forever…

Internationally-bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Robin Hobb takes readers deep into the history behind the Farseer series in this exclusive, new novella, The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince. In her trademark style, Hobb offers a revealing exploration of a family secret still reverberating generations later when assassin FitzChivalry Farseer comes onto the scene. Fans will not want to miss these tantalizing new insights into a much-beloved world and its unforgettable characters.

©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

“Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers…what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.” (The Times)
“Robin Hobb writes achingly well” (SFX)
”Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.” (Guardian)

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A great short story

Another excellent story from Robin Hobb. Shorter than the other books, and self contained. I'm not sure if it's set before or after the other books, but it didn't stop me enjoying it.

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great

I found Robin Hobb's story as gripping as all her tales, salutory and inspirational,
fine writing indeed.

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Worth a listen

This book provides a great look into the history of the Wit within the Farseer family.

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Robin Hobb never disappoints!

I would recommend this book whole heartedly. Short and sweet, it answers some key questions from the Farseer and Fool's trilogies.

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Wonderful

Excellent narration, fantastic story with the usual twists and turns we can expect from Hobb.
A wonderful piece of history to accompany her other works.

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not the best

I love Robin Hobb as an author usually so i was looking forward to this book. but it was not the best read. I've had.

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great story

Loved the whole thing from start to finish. Great books that just flow. I need more.

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Great little story of the Farseers.

I revisited "The Wilful Princess" via Audible. It's a must-read if you're a devotee of Hobb, though it's not necessary in order to complete the wonderful "Fitz" books. Beautifully read.

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Was OK....

Wish I had seen that it was only 3hrs long for 1 credit, as although the story was OK am not sure it was worth that tbh

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A good short story

beautifully narrated, a good short story but not as good as hobbs famous trilogy books