The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince

The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince By Robin Hobb, The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince 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 Farsee
  • Title: The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince
  • Author: Robin Hobb
  • ISBN: 9781596065444
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince By Robin Hobb, 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 FeliOne 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
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      I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star I liked it rating is a bad rating What I liked it I LIKED it That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me It s a good book that survives the reading process with me If a book is so so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van So a 2 star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I d loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it A 3 star means that I ve ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes A 4 star means I m probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book But I want you to know I don t finish books I don t like There s too many good ones out there waiting to be found.Robin Hobb is the author of three well received fantasy trilogies The Farseer Trilogy Assassin s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin s Quest , The Liveship Traders Trilogy Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny and the Tawny Man Trilogy Fool s Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool s Fate Her current work in progress is entitled Shaman s Crossing Robin Hobb lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, and has been a professional writer for over 30 years.In addition to writing, her interests include gardening, mushrooming, and beachcombing She and her husband Fred have three grown children and one teenager, and three grand children.She also writes as Megan Lindholm, and works under that name have been finalists for the Hugo award, the Nebula Award, and the Endeavor award She has twice won an Isaac Asimov s Science Fiction Readers Award.

    617 thoughts on “The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince”

    1. There needs to be novella like this.The Legend of the Piebald Prince was first briefly mentioned in chapter 31 of Royal Assassin In this novella, we get to see the full story of the legend, which mostly focused on explaining the dark history of the Farseer line long before FitzChivalry Farseer s storyline and the most important one, it shed light on why The Wit became despicable by the society in the first place.This is a short book, just around two hours read for me, but within 160 pages Hobb [...]


    2. First let s talk about the book the physical thing The edition I have is a Voyager hardback and they have gone to town on it The cover artist, the excellent Jackie Morris, has additional artwork scattered through the text, including two coloured illustrations at the start, and pen and ink work through the body Each page ends in a narrow scrolled design too It s a lovely thing.This is a short book, technically a novella at 38,000 words.You should be aware when picking this up that it s in a diffe [...]


    3. I wish Robin Hobb would write books like this Well, I wish she would write books in general, which speaks volumes considering how many she has already written Her prose is simply excellent it is so easily to become lost in it This book tells the tale of a legend that is often referred to in the Farseer books So, it s great to see the story in depth, as it adds a sense of history to her already remarkable novels.An excellent backstory The Witted folk often claim to have a kinship with the Farse [...]


    4. First let s talk about the book the physical thing The edition I have is a Voyager hardback and they have gone to town on it The cover artist, the excellent Jackie Morris, has additional artwork scattered through the text, including two coloured illustrations at the start, and pen and ink work through the body Each page ends in a narrow scrolled design too It s a lovely thing.This is a short book, technically a novella at 38,000 words.You should be aware when picking this up that it s in a diffe [...]


    5. It probably surprises no one that I absolutely loved this It s been available for a while but I preordered the paperback version that came out today 30 11 17 to match the rest of my Hobb collection It was well worth the wait I read it in one glorious sitting This novella is the story of the Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince Well known to those of you that have read the Realm of the Elderlings books by Robin Hobb Through the course of that series you hear many tales of the Piebald Prince and [...]


    6. This novella covers the backstory of the Piebald Prince referred to in the Tawny Man trilogy In the first book of the trilogy, the movement of those afflicted with the Wit Magic, calling themselves the Piebalds, claimed legitimacy because the Farseer Kings were said to have been descended from old blood through the Piebald Prince centuries before This is that story.We hearken back to a time when Wit magic wasn t despised and learn how it came to be hated and why those with wit magic are treated [...]


    7. I have to say that I am a little disheartened that The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince isn t getting as much love as it rightfully deserves That title alone is simply delightful and deserves a star just for that alone They say that history is always written by the victor and in a way that is what exactly happens here The Farseer books showed us the prejudice displayed against anyone showing signs of the Wit and from the tale being told by Felicity, a simple servant and maid in the employ [...]


    8. I think it s fair to say that at this point I m addicted.Some time will go by without reading any Robin Hobb, and I start getting the shakes, dreaming of the Fool, and wanting to go run in the woods alongside Nighteyes.Now, while this doesn t quite slake my thirst as much as the forthcoming Fool s Assassin will, it s still a welcome adventure.The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince is a delightful novella looking at the history of these two characters and how the Wit became demonized in the [...]


    9. A prequel or ancillary to Hobb s Farseer series This short novel very brief, compared to other volumes in the series takes a point of history referred to in the other books view spoiler How those with the animal focused telepathy known as the Wit came to be maligned hide spoiler , and fleshes it out, showing how rumor and propaganda can become future generations accepted facts As the title suggests, there s a lot of the fairy tale in this story, which is narrated by a wet nurse s daughter, raise [...]



    10. The only lie I ever told her was my undoing, and hers, and the Stablemaster s Such is the power of a lie given to one you love.


    11. A great story of one historical event of the Six Duchies, giving some background info about the persecution of the Witted in the Farseer trilogy.


    12. Short tale, sadly wasnt that interested in what was told Well thats not true entirely, if you summed it up its awesome to know what actually happend I did enjoy the writing as I always do but the content was ok.


    13. The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince is wonderful novella which serves as a a prequel to Hobb s classic Farseer Trilogy, illuminating the history of the Six Duchies stories as richly as her earlier story Homecoming collected in The Inheritance does for The Liveship tradrers Homecoming told the tale of the first settlers arriving in the Rain Wilds and how they discovered the lost cities of the Elderlings This story explains how the wit , the magical bond formed by those who carry its gift w [...]


    14. I don t know why I was unprepared for the amount of agony and upset in this novella From the title, anyone who has read the two trilogies featuring Fitzchivalry could deduce that this has something to do with the Witted, and in Robin Hobb s world, they don t get a lot of happy endings Still, even when putting her characters through one hell after another, Robin Hobb writes with a skill that can t be denied The voice of the narrator simultaneously makes the reader disgusted with her character and [...]


    15. This book combines two novellas that take place many years before the events in the Farseer Trilogy However, it is best to read this trilogy first before reading these novellas Otherwise, you ll have, in my humble opinion, a harder time appreciating the stories and getting into the story, into the context The Wilful Princess This story is about a low born wet nurse, working at Buckkeep, whose daughter should follow in her footsteps and thus assure a bright future for herself and her own family S [...]


    16. 12 Feb 17 reviewsYet again, Robin Hobb reminds me why she is amongst my very few, all time favourite writers I decided to read this novella before I dived into my re read of the main Farseer trilogy This you don t need to do, as the series stands well on its own without any of its historical context The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince offers the truth behind many of the distorted beliefs passed as historical fact in the Farseer trilogy, and it s just fascinating to understand how much of [...]


    17. So here it is, 4 30 a.m and I just finished Robin Hobb s new 183 page novella The Willful Princess The Piebald Prince A story given to tell of the Farseer lineage I must say, it s a really well written, entertaining piece of literature I actually never put it down after I picked it up Two reasons the book doesn t get five stars from me 1 I haven t read any of the other books involving the realm of the Farseer s I have them, but haven t read them yet Although, I will be informed now because I w [...]


    18. Over the years, Robin Hobb s Realm of the Elderlings has become one of fantasy s most beloved settings So far, the series consists of three completed trilogies Farseer, Live Ship, and Tawny Man , as well as the Rain Wilds Chronicles, a four book cycle whose final installment is due out in March In addition, there are a number of shorter works set in this fantasy universe The most recent of these is the brand new novella The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince.It s best to think of The Willfu [...]


    19. This was a great short story giving some background and perspective on the royal lineage of the Six Duchies and why The Wit is so hated Besides the background story which is like a mini prequal to The Farseer Trilogy, it s just a thumping good story The main characters are interesting, the drama that ensues is engaging, and I was really drawn into it I read it because I m currently reading Fool s Errand, and there were multiple mentions of the Piebald Prince Since I already had this book, I thou [...]


    20. The story of the Piebald Prince and the events that led later on to the persecution of the Witted It lacks the passion which usually accompanies RH s characters, for it is told from the objective PoV of Felicity, the prince s wet nurse Not a must, because it s not that compelling, but interesting enough.



    21. Robin Hobb takes us back to the early days of the Farseer reign in this slim tale of love and betrayal and, yes, magic The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince should stand well enough on its own, but it will be much richer for those who have read her original Farseer trilogy, because they will understand just how grave and long lasting are the consequences of what happens in this novella.The text is presented as a document written by the servant Felicity and hidden deep in the royal archives [...]


    22. This is a collection of two novellas, both set in the Realm of the Elderlings but based many, many years before the storyline of Fitz and other Fareseer character we know and love You could certainly start with these books and they wouldn t spoil anything for you, and I would say they re a great place to try out Hobb However, I will say if you have read the other books in the Realm of the Elderlings then some of the things Hobb mentions within this will resonate a lot with you and enchant you as [...]


    23. Set in the Farseer world, with Wit magic the ability to speak to and bond with animals this book follows the story of Princess Caution the Wilful Princess and Prince Charger the Piebald Prince Told by the companion of the Princess, Felicity, we see the story of the Witted prince overthrown from the throne, through jealousy, prejudice and pride A story of how being witted has become such a bad thing in the Farseer world, this is a brilliant little piece of history which not only helps to add colo [...]


    24. Mm This is a complicated one On one hand lots of good things On the other the rest.If anyone has ever wanted to know what event it was that turned the Six Dutchies against the use of the Wit and all who wield it, and where all those dark mutterings point when FitzChivalry Farseer begins to display that same predilection, this is the place Here, in two parts, comes the story of Queen in Waiting Caution, Lostler the Stable Master, and King Charger the Piebald Prince himself.We shall begin with the [...]


    25. A prequels of sorts to the Farseer series, this book s gives us the history of the Piebald Prince and an insight into the reasons why the witted are sonrevioed in Fitzchivalry s time As always, wonderful characters and storytelling and a hugely enjoyable fleshing out of Hobb s world.


    26. Originally posted at FanLit.fantasyliterature reviRobin Hobb s FARSEER series is one of my all time favorite fantasy epics It s about FitzChivalry Farseer, the bastard son of a dead prince Fitz is a sad case, not only because his father s dead and he s illegitimate, but perhaps mostly because he has the Wit an ancient magic that lets him communicate with and bond to animals The citizens of the Six Duchies fear the Wit and kill those who practice it But that wasn t always the case Now, in Robin H [...]


    27. It s a good year for Robin Hobb fans This month Blood of Dragons the final installment in her current series the Rainwild Chronicles, appeared and on top of that The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince, a new novella also set in the Realm of the Elderlings, was released by Subterranean Press I m currently reading Blood of Dragons but when This beautiful little book arrived I couldn t help myself an read that one first As usual the people at Subterranean did an great job of making the book lo [...]


    28. The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince is a lovely little book following two stories of the individuals mentioned in the title and is a little bit of lost Buck history as Robin Hobb wrote in the front of my copy which helps to explain why the Wit is so despised in the Six Duchies in the present day.It is a wonderful book with some lovely illustrations inside and is a perfect new bit of Hobb to keep me going until The Fool s Assassin is out later this year It is written as a recollection of [...]


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