Robin Hobb books reading order

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  1. ginshun

    ginshun Registered User

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    So I read the Farseer Trilogy a while back, but didn’t ever start the Liveship Traders or the Tawny Man trilogies. Just a few days ago I saw that her newer book “Dragon Keepers” is available free as an ebook. (no idea why).

    My question is, do you think I should go back and read the Liveship and Tawny Man trilogies, or does it not really matter? Doesn’t seem like any of the characters overlap, just that it is a different story set in the same world, so I am thinking that it doesn’t really matter, but was wondering if somebody who read all of them could comment on it.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Walt

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    I haven't read the Rain Wild Chronicles yet (Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven) but from what I understand, the series picks up from where Liveship Traders left the dragons.

    I just finished reading Liveship Traders last week and the ending made for a perfect setup to these newer books. I'm looking forward to checking them out but I've got to get through Tawny Man (Almost done with Fool's Errand) first.

    If you haven't read Liveship (and the Rain Wild Chronicles are what I think they are) reading Liveship will give you an understanding of where the dragons came from and just how dire their situation is/was. I don't know if there is any connection in Tawny Man. In the first book there have been a couple of vague references to actions going on in Bingtown which related to the dragons.
     
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    For the most enjoyable reading experience and to avoid spoilers, read them in the order they were published. :)

    Patrick
     
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    Enough time passes in Dragon Keeper to pass by the Tawny Man timeline, so there is at least one huge spoiler if you read the books out of order. Tawny Man also provides context for Rain Wild, so unless you simply don't want to read more Fitz and Fool stories, I'd finish the original 9 before moving on to Rain Wild.
     
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    You will find that the two series are more related than is evident in Fool's Errand when you read Golden Fool. I'm currently reading Fool's Fate and cannot wait to see how this turns out. Robin Hobb is currently my favorite author. (I think I'll even attempt Soldier's Son regardless of the many dismal reviews of that series.)

    To address the original question: Read them in published order and you'll be glad that you did.
     
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    I found much to like about Soldier Son. It's true that Hobb puts her poor protagonist through hell, but she tends to do that in varying degrees in all of her books. I enjoyed the series, although not nearly as much as the Elderlings world.
     
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    I enjoyed it as well, though it's not quite as good as her other series.
     
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    That's a fair assessment. I thought Soldier Son was entertaining enough to recommend, but it wasn't her best work.
     
  9. Industrious1

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    For me the wheel's of the Soldier's Son trilogy completely fell off in the 2nd book. I finished it, but just barely and i have not read the third as of yet. I do plan on reading it...eventually.
     
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    I recommend that they be read in order: Farseer -> Liveship -> Tawny Man -> Rain Wild.

    Not only is the order preferable in terms of receiving the right information and context and to avoid spoilers, each of them are highly enjoyable and don't deserve to be passed over. Don't just read them to get to Dragon Keeper, read them for themselves, they're all amazing books with amazing characters.
     
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    I was bored with the Liveship series and I'm into ships. That being said I'd read it in order.
     
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    robin hobb to March 2012 series order.

    Well, now have all the Dragon series in hand, thanks to Amazon and eBay...
    So if you read them...Id suggest this order..
    Start with the Farseer Triology. Fabulous.
    Follow that wth Tawny Man series(same characters continued)
    You might then want to read the Ship series..okay, but not my favorite..
    In the Dragon series, the Mad ship and Althea is back, the mother dragon, Tintalgia, and other of the characters in the Farseer and Tawny man are in the background. Really am liking this series.
    Soldiers Son is a separate world. I liked it, but then Im an Army brat to start with, three generations worth, so it really strikes deeply in this long time SF fan. and seems strongly flavored with the American West/Native American subjugation.
    That being said, the Farseer world is THE most excellent adventure. And since the Tawny Man feeds my hunger to find out what happens to Fitzchilvary, his children and the Fool..that one is next.
    I dont usually read Fantasy being classic fifties/sixties SF fan...but willing to bend the mind for such wonderfully drawn characters. These are very real people with serious flaws, which makes their actions even more human and forgivable.
     
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    If you are following the timeline of one of the characters I think it would have to go like this:

    Farseer trilogy
    Liveship trilogy
    Tawny Man trilogy
    Rain Wilds trilogy

    ymmv
     
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    The third one was the one that saved the series for me.
     
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    I would def read them in order.


    Farseer
    Liveship
    Tawny
    Dragon

    Soldier Son can be read whenever, but I would skip it.

    If you like Hobb you'll probably also like Fiona McIntosh.
     
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    Farseer should be the starting point, if you finish that and like it you might as well move to Tawny Man at once, and then read Liveship and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. There's no need to read the Liveship series in between Farseer and Tawny Man really. You can of course opt to do so, but I didn't care nearly as much for that series and just want to prevent people from reading Liveship and then giving up on Hobb, when the Tawny Man series is a return to Fitz narrated books and intrigue.
     
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    I completely disagree. You are allowing your personal opinion of the books to do a disservice to anyone reading your post. There is an absolutely massive spoiler of Liveship if you read the Tawny Man books before the Liveship ones (like I foolishly did, going off a similar suggestion to the one quoted above).
     
  18. Contrarius

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    That's exactly what I did -- read Tawny Man straight after the Assassin books -- and I thought it worked pretty well. In my case I didn't really plan on reading the Liveship books (and I still haven't).
     
  19. Mithfânion

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    Personally I didn't find it that great a revelation and I think it's more important to consider that the difference in style and story between Liveship and the Fitz-narrated stories is significant, and again, if you go from Farseer to Tawny Man, there's not much at all that you will miss by not ploughing through Liveship. You find it important that Liveship is read first because Tawny Man reveals something about a character in Liveship; I don't find that all that interesting and certainly not a reason to read Liveship first, per se.
     
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    I thought the first Soldier's Son book was excellent. I liked the second one too but felt it wasn't on par with the first. The third I didn't like at all. I think the series suffered from her moving it too far from the original setting established in the first volume and the plot getting progressively weirder and more depressing as it went along.