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For questions about Robin Hobb, the pen name of novelist Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden. She is primarily known for her fantasy works in "The Realm of the Elderlings": the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. Only use for questions about the author herself, for questions about her works use the specific work tag instead.

Robin Hobb is a pen name of novelist Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden (born 1952 in California) who produces primarily fantasy fiction, although she has published some science fiction. From 1983 to 1992, she wrote exclusively under the pseudonym Megan Lindholm. Fiction under that pseudonym tends to be contemporary fantasy. In 1995, she began use of the pseudonym Robin Hobb for works of epic traditional European Medieval and American Frontier Fantasy.

As Robin Hobb, she has written four trilogies in "The Realm of the Elderlings":

  • The Farseer Trilogy (1995–97), starting with Assassin's Apprentice, follows the life of FitzChivalry Farseer (Fitz), a trained assassin, in a kingdom called The Six Duchies.
  • The Liveship Traders Trilogy (1998–2000) mainly takes place southwest of The Six Duchies and focuses on Liveships (sentient ships). The trilogy is unusually nautical – an area seldom covered in fantasy – with the germ of it being apparently the idea of portraying ships whose figureheads are literally alive and sentient.
  • The Tawny Man Trilogy (2002–03), starting with Fool's Errand, continues the life of FitzChivalry Farseer, starting 15 years after the events of the Farseer Trilogy
  • The Rain Wilds Chronicles (2009–13), four books starting with Dragon Keeper, takes place in the years after the Liveship Traders trilogy and runs concurrently with and following the events of the Tawny Man Trilogy.

In addition to those and several short stories in the same realm, Hobb has written a trilogy set in a different universe:

  • The Soldier Son Trilogy (2005–08) follows the life of Nevare Burvelle, the second son of a newly elevated Lord of the Kingdom of Gernia, and his preparation for and education at the King's Cavalla Academy. Unlike her other series, this work draws strongly on myths of the American Frontier.

Writing under the name of Megan Lindholm, she has also written two more sequences – the Ki and Vandien Quartet (four books, 1983–89) and Tillu and Kerlew (two books in 1988) – and four other books (1985–92)

Source: Robin Hobb on the English Wikipedia.

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