The Willful Princess and The Piebald Prince

Subterranean Press just announced a new Robin Hobb novella set in the Farseer world, at 37,000 words/184 pages. Coming early next year, The Willful Princess and The Piebald Prince. The Piebald Prince!

Here’s the official blurb:

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.

It’s being illustrated by Jon Foster, who did some lovely Buffy artwork for Season Eight, as well as covers for Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn novels.

250 signed and numbered copies will be released, leather bound with two full color plates inside for $60. The trade, cloth bound hardcover is priced at $35. Subterranean Press caters to collectors, so this release isn’t for the frugal reader. Not to worry – there will likely be an ebook edition released later on, as they did with Words Like Coins (a Six Duchies short previously only available in the A Fantasy Medley collection).

You can preorder a copy from their website here. Or, if you’re super cheap, you can wait until I get my copy for a tragic campfire read aloud!

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