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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.

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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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Diving into the deep mythology of the Elderlings, bestselling fantasy author Hobb offers a worm’s-eye view of an event that shaped the realm. Felicity, the unfortunate Princess Caution’s servant and confidante, narrates the birth, rise, and fall of Prince Charger, the legendary Piebald Prince, who was the bastard son of a stablemaster and blessed with Wit, the power to speak to animals. Charger is, alas, less skilled at navigating human politics, and his failures give rise to a centuries-long prejudice against the Witted, laying the groundwork for Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. Felicity’s story is as interesting as Charger’s, as her self-interest and weakness lead inevitably to tragedy even as she declares her innocence of all but the purest motives. Hobb (a pen name for fantasist Megan Lindholm) pulls off the difficult trick of telling multiple tales simultaneously and well, adding depth to her fictional world without sacrificing a human connection to it. (Mar.)
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Felicity, a minstrel sworn to the truth, tells the ill-fated love story of the stubborn and indulged Princess Caution and the stableboy Lostler, a former Chalcedean slave and the piebald horse bound to him by the magic of Wit, which gives him the power to communicate with animals. The princess and the stableboy's bastard son, Charger, also known as the Piebald Prince for the birthmarks on his face and body, succeeds to the throne despite the designs of his Uncle Strategy to have his own son become king. Readers then follow Charger's own machinations through the observations of his minstrel, Redbird, Felicity's son. With the inevitability of a Greek tragedy or a Shakespearean drama, the lives, loves, duels, and deaths of the ancestors of the Farseer line play out in lyrical prose. VERDICT Set in the same world as Hobb's Farseer novels, this compact novella provides a glimpse into the distant past of her popular universe and is a good choice for author fans or series followers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596065444
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer, Liveship Traders, and Tawny Man trilogies. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She currently resides in Tacoma, Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Piebald Prince

    Shows early history and future customs of the six duchies, when they were one kingdom. Fast paced story, accurate character portrayal, and shows character twists that are usually hidden. Overall very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2015

    Worthwhile, if short, 'prequel'

    While not a true prequel, I was happy to finally read about the Piebald Prince so often mentioned in the other books. A quick read, and more to satisfy your curiosity about Dutchies history, it's worth the read.

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