It’s the first Monday of the month and we’re back with Author Addiction! This is a monthly feature here on Of Dragons and Hearts and on A Fool’s Ingenuity, Becky’s wonderful blog. You can also check out my previous editions with Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Laini Taylor, Victoria (V. E.) Schwab, Sarah J. Maas, and Jennifer L. Armentrout.
This month was a freebie so we get to choose our own authors. I’m stepping away from romances for a bit (worry not, though, we’re back with Jane Austen for September!), as I picked a fantasy author, ROBIN HOBB.
The first thing you probably need to know if we’re going to talk about my love for Robin Hobb is that my husband, A., is a huge fan. I think she might be one of his all-time favourite authors. The number of her books we own is something of a give-away (and there’s a whole trilogy missing from this stack because it’s currently being read by people we’ve
forced her books on converted to our cause suggested her books to):
Look at them, all shiny and matching (well, almost all of them are). I love these covers!
So A. bought The Assassin’s Apprentice several years ago (I think it was when we started dating? Yep, he confirms that he didn’t read a lot before we met, aww.) and we both read it and fell in love. The story is just so unbelievably well-written and the characters’ personalities so colourful and real and compelling.
I think Hobb writes the best characters in fantasy. There, I said it! Her novels are sometimes really hefty and it takes some effort to get through them but I immediately connected with Fitz, the young royal orphan/bastard who is sucked into the powerful world of courtly intrigue and passed to the royal assassin to be trained as his apprentice.
I’m currently reading her Liveship Traders trilogy – you can check back for my review of The Mad Ship later this week! – but I’m looking forward to reading the Tawny Man trilogy, which is set in the same corner of the world as The Farseer Trilogy, so I’ll meet the old cast of characters again.
Hobb writes epic/high fantasy, if you’re wondering about that, meaning that her novels are set in a completely fictional world. I’ve said before that I prefer my fantasies to be more subtle, not flashy (let’s say Brandon Sanderson and George R. R. Martin are definitely not on the top of my favourites list in this regard!) and that’s exactly where Hobb excells.
Her world is complex without being bombastic, her character and place names are unique without being unpronouncable, and her magic is awe-inspiring but has a price, a system to it that makes it all the better. This doesn’t mean that her stories lack action – they most definitely don’t but I like that she’s more concerned with her characters than with epic bangs or battles or manly showing off. Have I mentioned that there are also dragons? :)
If I’ve convinced you that you should definitely give Robin Hobb’s novels a try, you can find her here: her website – Goodreads – Twitter. She also writes as Megan Lindholm, but I haven’t tried those books yet.
Don’t forget to check out Becky’s post!
Have you read any novels by Robin Hobb? If yes, which one was your favourite? If not, did you add them to your TBR yet? :)
Do you prefer character- or action-based fantasy?
I’d love to hear from you!