Robin Hobb is the second
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
. 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 Fantasy.
currently publishes under both names, and she currently lives in
As of 2003 she had sold over 1 million
copies of her first nine Robin Hobb novels. She has just finished
writing a two volume novel called The Rain Wild Chronicles. The
volumes are named The Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven.
Margaret was born in California in 1952, but was raised in Alaska.
graduating high school she studied at Denver University for a year and then returned to Alaska.
marrying at eighteen she subsequently moved to Kodiak, an island off the coast of Alaska.
at this time that she sold her first short story, and began a
career writing for children's magazines. Bones for Dulath
in AMAZONS! was the first piece of fantasy that she published as
Megan Lindholm. The anthology was published by Daw
, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, and won a
World Fantasy Award for Year's Best Anthology. Over the next decade
she moved around America, before settling in Washington and began writing fantasy and science
She has three grown children and a young
Her books have been praised by Orson
. Card has stated that she "arguably set the standard
for the modern serious fantasy novel."
As Megan Lindholm
The Ki and Vandien Quartet
Tillu and Kerlew
As Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy
The Farseer Trilogy follows the life of FitzChivalry
(Fitz), a royal bastard and trained assassin, in a
kingdom called The Six
while his uncle, Prince
, attempts to wage war on the Red-Ship Raiders from
who are attacking the shores of the kingdom by
turning the populace (primarily the coastal people) into Forged
ones; a form of zombification which makes them emotionless.
The Liveship Traders Trilogy mainly takes place southwest of
focuses on Liveships (sentient ships). The trilogy is unusually
– an area seldom covered in
– with the germ of it being
apparently the idea of portraying ships whose figureheads are
literally alive and sentient. While this trilogy does not follow
FitzChivalry Farseer's life, it is linked to both the Farseer and
Tawny Man trilogies.
The Tawny Man Trilogy
The Tawny Man continues the life of FitzChivalry
from The Farseer Trilogy
. It commences 15
years after the events in Assassin's
, a period covered by The Liveship Traders
. It focuses on The Fool
attempts to guide others to fulfill his prophecies.
The Rain Wild Chronicles
Takes place in the years after the Liveship Traders.
Set in a new world unrelated to her previous trilogies, the Soldier
Son Trilogy 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.