The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince

Robin Hobb
fantasy > high fantasy
The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince - Robin Hobb8.18

A novella. Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Jon Foster.

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.

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Release date: February 20, 2013
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Average rating: 8.18/10
Total ratings: 11
Updated: August 22, 2021

The Realm of the Elderlings :: Series

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The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince8.18


6/10 |
November 28, 2015
I have to confess, this short story was not nearly as impressive as the other Robin Hobb works I’ve read. I wanted to love it, but I never felt personally involved in the story. It is told as a narrative—a written record—of the truth of King ...
8/10 |
October 07, 2013
I recommend this to all those who are fans of the Robin Hobb's Farseer series. If you are not familiar with those, read them first. This is a nice little tale telling an important piece of history of the Six Duchies.