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Well, I am safely arrived in my London hotel and I’ve even paid back a bit of my sleep debt from this crazy week. I’m now ready for adventure!

For a detailed listing of bookstores that I’ll be visiting click on the appearances tab at the top of my home page to see where I’ll be reading and signing books.

For specific information on where I will be during Loncon3, please visit their page at

Here is the quick reference to find me in the UK!

August 9, 1 PM Waterstones Reading Oracle, 12 Holy Brook Mall, The Oracle, RG1 2AQ Signing
August 9, 7 PM Waterstones Birmingham, 128 New Street, Birmingham B2 4DB Reading and Signing

August 10 1PM Waterstones Sheffield, 24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB Signing
August 10 6PM Waterstones Liverpool One, 12 College Lane, L1 3DL SOLD OUT (see note below)

August 11, 7PM Waterstones York, 15 Coney Street, York Y01 9QL SOLD OUT (see note below)

August 12 6PM Forbidden Planet, London

August 13 LONCON 3

August 14 LONCON 3 Panels: 1:30 PM The Changing Face of the Urban Fantastic
4:30 PM What’s In A Name?

August 15 LONCON 3 Panels: 1:30 Fantasy and Medievalism
5:00 Kaffeeklasch
6:00 Liveship Trading: Fantasy Economies

August 16 LONCON 3 9:00 AM Morning Stroll!
Workshop 11:00 Children’s Writing: Right Here, Write Now!
3:00 Worldbuilding
6:00 I Before They Except after You (point of view)

August 17 LONCON 3 Panels 11:00 Food Politics
1:30 Keynote Interview
5:00 Signing

August 18 LONCON 3 Reading 10:00
Panel 1:30 When Assassin Didn’t Need To Be Hooded

August 19 The George RR Martin and Robin Hobb Interview with Jane Johnson
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ

Some of the bookstore events are sold out. If you could not get a ticket, or have to work, you can still get a book personalized to you. Contact the bookstore and pre-order the book, paying for it. Then request the dedication you want in the book. I will sign and personalize the book for you to pick up later. And if you just want a signed book, that’s even easier. I will be leaving signed stock at the bookstores for readers to buy in the following days.

If you could not get tickets to my chat with GRRM at the Freemasons Hall, you can still enjoy
it, live, no matter where you live. BlinkBox Books will be livestreaming it from their Facebook. That’s an important detail. Not their website, their FACEBOOK. Details are here:

That’s all for now!



Launching Fool’s Assassin!!!! Monday, University Book Store

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US cover Fool's Assassin   That is one gorgeous cover!  And before anyone can ask, I will tell you it is by Alejandro Colucci

On Monday, August 4, at 7 PM, well ahead of the official US publication date, I will launch this book from University Book Store in Seattle Washington. 1.800.335.7323 | 4326 University Way, N.E. – Seattle, Washington 98105

This is our plan for that evening. I will do a short reading from The Fool’s Assassin. Then we will have a question and answer period. During that time, you are welcome to enter for our two doorprizes. Just print your name on the back of any University Book Store receipt and put it in the basket. After the Q and A, and before I sign books for people, we will draw two names. The prizes I’ve chosen this time are two baskets of books. One holds three books that I regard as essential reading for any fantasy fan. The other holds three books whose authors’ works I am enjoying now. And maybe a random dragon or two.

I will be happy to sign any books you bring with you, old or new, and even happier to sign books you purchase that night at the store. Please remember that it costs stores time and effort and money to invite authors in, so purchase accordingly, please! If you have more than three books to be signed, the standard courtesy is to circulate back to the end of the line with the ‘more than three’ books and take a second turn. That way everyone gets a chance to have at least three books signed. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there!



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Well, Loncon3 is just around the corner! In terms of the calendar, that is. I’ll actually be flying a substantial distance to be there.

Every year, the World Science Fiction Convention is held in a different location. This year, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention will be held at the ExCel center in London, from August 14 to 18th. And I am both proud and humbled to say that I’ve been invited to be one of the Guests of Honor!

If you’d like to know more about Loncon 3, click Here.

If you’d like to know my specific schedule, you can find that Here.

Or, for a quick glance, I’ve put together my schedule with a very much abbreviated description of what the panel will be about:


Thursday‎, ‎August‎ ‎14
The Changing Face of the Urban Fantastic (Where is urban fantasy headed?)
Capital Suite 13 1:30pm – 3pm
What’s In a Name? (Why do writers change their names?)
Capital Suite 7+12 4:30pm – 6pm

‎Friday‎, ‎August‎ ‎15

Fantasy and Medievalism (The medieval setting in fantasy tales)
Capital Suite 7+12 1:30pm – 3pm
Kaffeeklatsch: Robin Hobb (1), Elisabeth Vonarburg (2)
London Suite 4, 5pm – 6pm
Liveship Trading: Fantasy Economics (We can’t all be mercenary soldiers!)
Capital Suite 8 , 6pm – 7pm

‎Saturday‎, ‎August‎ ‎16

Stroll with the Stars (Let’s all go for a walk this morning.)
Front of Aloft , 9am – 10am
Right Here, Write Now (For kids, mostly. When do you start to be a writer?)
London Suite 3 , 11am – 12pm
Worldbuilding Masterclass (Worldbuilding that says it all!)
South Gallery 33 3pm – 5pm
I Before They, Except After You (Point of View characters? He or me?)
Capital Suite 2 6pm – 7pm

‎Sunday‎, ‎August‎ ‎17
Food Politics What are we eating these days? Do we know?
Capital Suite 3 11am – 12pm
An Interview with Robin Hobb
Second Stage 1:30pm – 3pm
Signing: Robin Hobb
Boulevard Signing Space 5pm – 6pm

‎Monday‎, ‎August‎ ‎18
Reading: Robin Hobb
Capital Suite 9 10am – 10:30am
Robin Hobb: When Assassins Didn’t Need to Be Hooded Writing about killers.
Capital Suite 8 , 1:30pm – 3pm


I’ll hope to  meet some of you there!



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Now this is a special double notice, so read carefully.
If you pre-order Fool’s Assassin from Waterstones by July 31, you can add the code RH2014 to your order and get 7 pounds off the price. And if you go to my link here, and preorder the book, you might also win a lovely print by Jackie Morris of Withywoods! But that second part is only good until August 11. So, to get both offers, follow this link today!



Tickets on Sale Now! I get to share a stage with George RR Martin!

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So, here is the HarperVoyager announcement!

HarperVoyager presents…

George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb in conversation

We’re excited to announce that tickets for our world exclusive event with George RR Martin and Robin Hobb are now on sale.

Spend an evening listening to two of the world’s greatest storytellers, discussing how they build their fictional universes, create their characters and balance fantasy and reality; about their influences and inspirations, their struggles and successes.

The event will be taking place on 19th August, 2014 at 7:30pm in a central London location that we’ll disclose nearer the time.Tickets cost £45 and each will include a copy of Robin Hobb’s new book, Fool’s Assassin.

If you aren’t lucky enough to buy tickets, our event sponsor blinkbox Books will be streaming the full event – live and exclusively – on their Facebook page.

Ask a question and win!

We are also running a competition to win a signed box set of A Song of Ice and Fire AND a signed copy of Robin Hobb’s Fool’s Assassin. Simply ask your best question for either author on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr using #AskGeorgeAndRobin before 5pm on the 8th August and the 3 best questions will win.

Find out more about Robin Hobb’s books her

Start reading George RR Martin’s epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire, here


Packed for San Diego Comic Con! and looking forward to August Book Launch!

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Yes, I know that technically it’s called International Comic Con, but most of us still think of it as SDCC.

I intend to have a wonderful time. My personal schedule has me on the Epic Fantasy Panel at 4 on Thursday. Brent Weeks will be attempting to moderate Joe Abercrombie, Ray Feist, Django Wexler, Morgan Rhodes, Patrick Rothfuss and myself as we explain Epic Fantasy to everyone, in less than an hour! And afterwards, we will all be signing our respective books. Later that Thursday, at 8 PM, Anne Groell of Random House will be doing an interview with me in Room 9.

I have two other signings at the Random House Booth #1514 on Friday, at Noon and at 2 PM.

I will be wandering the convention for the full weekend, so please don’t hesitate to stop me and say Hi!

And when I return . . .

AUGUST 4, AT 7 PM at University Book Store in Seattle Washington, we will be launching Fool’s Assassin! Yes, that’s a bit ahead of the official date but as I’ll be in England then, we wanted to get some books out to readers before I left. Signed books may be pre-ordered, as well. Details are HERE

If you cannot meet up with me in England and cannot come to the signing in Seattle, you can still get a signed first edition of Fool’s Assassin. Please visit The Signed Page, a website owned by Shawn Speakman. There you can pre-order not only Fool’s Assassin but all sorts of hardback first editions, and Shawn will arrange to have them personalized, signed, and then shipped to you so they arrive in meticulous condition. Shawn has a substantial backlist of signed stock so even if you have missed the publication date, you can still get a signed first edition.


George RR Martin and Me

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When did you first encounter George RR Martin? I think that for most of the world, it may be when his extraordinary series of books, A Song of Ice and Fire became the HBO series A Game of Thrones.

But my first encounter with his work came long before that.

In 1991, Kat and I were at Norwescon. Pulphouse Press, operated by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch had a booth there and were offering a number of chapbooks. I had met both of them a number of times, considered them ‘writer friends’ and wanted to support this latest endeavor. I was pretty broke at the time, but Kat selected “The Pear Shaped Man” by someone called George RR Martin, we paid, and took it home in our con bag.

That chapbook proved to be the most engaging, horrifying and yet strangely humorous thing either of us had read in a long time. At the time, I had little idea who George RR Martin was. I did not know that I’d already been exposed to his story telling, via the television series Beauty and the Beast.That series starred Ron Perlman as the Beast and Linda Hamilton as the Beauty in an urban fantasy version of the classic tale. I did not know that the man behind this mesmerizing tale was again George RR Martin. I just knew it was worth climbing up on the roof of the shed and twisting the antenna pole and cleaning the corrosion off the PL-259′s to try to get better reception.

I won’t claim to have read “The Sand Kings” when it came out in Omni in 1979. But by the time it was an episode on the revived Outer Limits in 1995, I knew George’s name and made a date to tune in for it. Again, I was not disappointed.

What else was there along the way? Fevre Dream. Published in 1982, but not discovered by me until years later. The Wild Card anthologies, super heroes in print instead of graphic novels.

But my most significant encounter? One day, an ARC came in the mail. That’s an Advance Reading Copy, a copy of a book that isn’t a book yet. Pages and pages and pages of manuscript, sent to me by one of my editors in the hopes that I would offer a blurb. I was at a time in my life that was both strange and sad. As a writer, I had vanished. Megan Lindholm had stopped writing novels and few outside of my agency and publishing house knew that I was now writing as Robin Hobb. And my mother was dying of complications of diabetes. A horrific combination of bacterial and fungal infections in her feet were taking her down slowly. She was in hospice care, at my sister’s home. I and my little daughter Ru were taking the night shifts there. I would sleep on the floor next to my mom’s bed so I could hear her if she needed her pain medication in the night. Or, more accurately, that was where I was not sleeping.

Nights were very long. But there was that huge manuscript. A Song of Ice and Fire, book one, A Game Of Thrones. So I lay on the floor on my belly, a tensor lamp focused on the pages so the light wouldn’t bother my mom, and I read. I read like I read when I was a kid, hiding my book and my light. And sometimes I would say, “Mom, you would love this book. You would LOVE this book.” And because all my life we had shared books, it seemed horribly sad to me that I had this wonderful book in my hands and she would never wake up to read it.

And, of course, as I finished the book she died.

Then I did something that still makes me cringe when I think of it. I wrote to a relative stranger, a fellow author, a heart-felt letter thanking him for sending his characters and his story to be with me as I kept that death watch. There is loss in that first book, terrible irrevocable loss, shocking as death is always shocking. And the reading of it interlocked with my living of it. I thanked him and I told him how much I loved his book and how much I regretted that my mom never got to read it. I meant every word of thanks.

But what a letter to send someone! I did get a reply from George, a rather awkward thank you note, as you might well imagine. I gave him a very honest blurb and he gave me one for Assassin’s Apprentice that to this day, I’m proud to have on the cover of the Hobb books.

And on we went, building our careers.

I’m not going to claim that George and I are intimate friends. I’ve been fortunate to have had coffee or dinner with him a handful of times. He’s edited my work and accepted it for publication in several of his anthologies. And from a writerly distance, I’ve rejoiced in his well deserved success as I continued to read each volume of A Song of Ice and Fire as they came out. So. While I am not a confidante or BFF of the man, I have what I regard as the best possible friendship. With his books. With the parts of himself that he has labored over and polished and then offered to us, his readers, as the part of himself that he wants to share with the world. Those are mine, in the way that very good books become extremely personal possessions. I own George RR Martin’s world and characters. They are interlocked with my life like the pieces of a Chinese wood puzzle.

I will confess that I have avoided watching the HBO series because I have such strong visions of his characters, and I want to keep them mine until I’ve finished experiencing the books. But the temptation to view is becoming stronger and stronger with each passing season.

So. I feel greatly honored and excited to be invited to share a stage with George. I look forward to hearing him speak and to finding out more about him. But I also know that I’ve already got the best part of him shelved in my office.

Some of you will be able to come and watch this interview. Most of you won’t be able to. Below I’ve extracted from the HarperCollins news release the relevant information that will let you join us online via blinkbox books’s facebook. Live, streaming and free. I hope you will join us.


HarperVoyager will host an event with two of their highest profile authors, George RR Martin and Robin Hobb. The event will take place in a central London venue on 19th August 2014. Tickets will go on sale later this week.

Tickets will be £45 each and will include a hardback copy of Robin Hobb’s latest novel Fool’s Assassin

This unique event offers readers the perfect opportunity to spend an evening listening to two of the world’s greatest storytellers, discussing how they build their fictional universes, create their characters and balance fantasy and reality; about their influences and inspirations, their struggles and successes.

HarperVoyager’s Publishing Director, Jane Johnson said ‘This is a uniquely exciting event, bringing together two of the greatest storytellers in modern fiction talking candidly about their writing lives. I have worked with them both for years, but in all that time I’ve never had the chance to eavesdrop on them in conversation: I can’t wait.’

Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK, said, ‘We’re thrilled to have George and Robin together for such an event – they are two experts at their craft, and have taken fantasy writing to the widest possible audience through their amazing worlds and characters. HarperCollins is immensely proud to publish both authors. I, for one, am hugely looking forward to attending this event.’

Live Streaming from blinkbox Books

The event is sponsored by ebook retailer blinkbox Books ( In support of their pledge to bring readers closer to authors, they will be streaming the full event for free – live and exclusively – on their Facebook page,

The event will also be supported by Waterstones.

HarperCollins is anticipating huge demand for tickets. HarperVoyager and blinkbox Books newsletter subscribers will be first to hear about tickets,

About George RR Martin

George R. R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. George R. R. Martin’s series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE has now sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has been adapted by HBO into major TV series GAME OF THRONES which has been a critical and commercial success since its premiere in 2011. The fourth series aired in the UK on Sky Atlantic in 2014.

About Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction. She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska, where she learned how to raise a wolf cub, to skin a moose and to survive in the wilderness. When she married a fisherman who fished herring and the Kodiak salmon-run for half the year, these skills would stand her in good stead. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington State.


FREE SAMPLES for US readers

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Thank you, Del Rey, for an extraordinary sampler of forthcoming books!

Go HERE for a look at what is being offered.

There’s a sample of Fool’s Assassin, of course. But also so much more!

◾CLASH OF EAGLES by Alan Smale
◾FOOL’S ASSASSIN by Robin Hobb
◾A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin
◾HALF A KING by Joe Abercrombie
◾OLD VENUS, edited by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
◾OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon
◾RED RISING by Pierce Brown
◾ROGUES, edited by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
◾A STUDY IN SILKS by Emma Jane Holloway
◾STAR WARS: A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller
◾STAR WARS: TARKIN by James Luceno
◾UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

What a great way to test drive a book before you buy!