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Win Robin Hobb’s Rain Wilds Chronicles books

You’ve made it through another week, and we’re here to celebrate with you. We’re giving away four sets of New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb’s Rain Wilds Chronicles books. You might lose one hour worth of reading time this weekend, but you’ll be so absorbed in this acclaimed fantasy series you won’t even notice.

We’ll be giving four lucky winners the first three books of the series:

DRAGON KEEPER

DRAGON HAVEN

CITY OF DRAGONS

And one lucky winner will receive the complete set of The Farseer Trilogy: ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE, ROYAL ASSASSIN, ASSASSIN’S QUES.

Enter to win by leaving a comment below, or RT us on Twitter: @HarperVoyagerUS! The giveaway ends today at 7 p.m. EST. Good luck! The winners will be selected at random and contacted directly.

This is open to the US only.

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Voyager authors up for RT Magazine awards

RT Magazine has announced this year’s Reviewer’s Choice Awards, and two Harper Voyager authors – Kim Harrison and Robin Hobb – have been nominated! The Reviewer’s Choice Awards honor the best books of 2013, and the winners and nominees are selected by the RT Magazine staff of more than 50 reviewers.

Kim Harrison has been nominated for the Urban Fantasy Career Achievement Award for her fabulous work with the Hollows series! This is Kim’s fourth time to be nominated for this career achievement award; two of her books (FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE and DEAD WITCH WALKING have won RT Magazine awards; and two of her books (EVERY WITCH WAY BUT DEAD and A FISTFUL OF CHARMS) were nominated for awards in the past.  Kim is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and her latest Hollows book EVER AFTER came out in paperback on Oct. 29.

Robin Hobb has been nominated for the 2013 Epic Fantasy Novel for BLOOD OF DRAGONS, book four of her Rain Wild Chronicles series. RT Magazine says in its review of the book, “The rich drawing of characters is fabulous and never does it seem incongruous.” This is Robin’s second Reviewer’s Choice award nomination. BLOOD OF DRAGONS is the final volume of the Rain Wild Chronicles, and is available in hardcover now.

Congratulations to both Kim and Robin for their nominations!

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The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

 We at Voyager are so excited to be welcoming Robin Hobb to the UK this weekend. The timing is marvellously auspicious, coinciding as it does with the publication of her fabulous novella, The Wilful Princess And The Piebald Prince (sumptuously illustrated by Jackie Morris); with the announcement of her new 3-book deal with us — the long-awaited return to pick up the threads of the story of our favourite characters, Fitz and the Fool (beginning with Fool’s Assassin in August 2014); and also with the rare arrival of the World Fantasy Convention in the UK, this year in Brighton, where she will be appearing on several panels, meeting with fans and guesting at the Voyager party.

But for me the nicest coincidence of all is that this year marks a quarter of a century since Robin — or as I know her, Megan — and I have been working together. Our first correspondence is dated 1988, when as an editor at the small independent publisher Unwin Hyman I bought the UK rights to The Reindeer People and Wolf’s Brother by a certain little-known American fantasy writer working quietly under the name ‘Megan Lindholm’. ‘Robin Hobb’ was some years away from being even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, and by the time it came into existence Unwin Hyman had been swallowed up by HarperCollins and the Voyager list was in the process of being formed.

Assassin’s Apprentice, the first of the Farseer books to which The Wilful Princess And The Piebald Prince forms a sort of prequel, was published in 1995 as part of the launch of Voyager, became a worldwide bestseller and kicked off one of the most beautifully written and passionately loved fantasy series in the history of the genre. We can’t wait to see her and to celebrate her remarkable achievements in style.

Jane Johnson, Publisher, HarperVoyager UK 

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Brand new series from Robin Hobb!

HarperVoyager is thrilled to announce that the new trilogy of epic fantasy novels we have acquired from international bestseller Robin Hobb (‘a remarkable storyteller: a diamond in a field of zircons’ — George RR Martin) via agent Chris Lotts in a major 7-figure deal, will mark a return to her most beloved characters, Fitz and the Fool.

UK Publishing Director Jane Johnson, who made the acquisition and has been publishing the author since 1987, says: “Fitz (FitzChivalry Farseer) and the Fool are my two all-time favourite characters in fantasy literature. The friendship between them is the most passionate, poignant and elusive relationship I can think of in the field. There are 9 bestselling novels in which the pair feature, starting with ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE and ending with FOOL’S FATE, and it’s been over a decade since Robin Hobb revisited them. I was so excited when Chris submitted the mystery novel and by the end of reading the first volume was in floods of tears, to such an extent that a woman travelling opposite me offered me a hankie and asked if I was OK. Anyone who knows me will tell you that’s a rare occurrence, but that demonstrates the emotional power Robin Hobb wields over her readers. Her fans, who learned of the long-awaited return by a pair of humorously oblique videos posted on YouTube and on social media, are ecstatic at the prospect.”

Video one: Waking up to text messages
Video two: Fitz and Fool

HarperFiction Publisher Kate Elton says: “A new Robin Hobb hardback is always a highly anticipated event, but a new episode in Fitz and the Fool’s story is particularly momentous. Hobb’s powerful storytelling and effortless world building have won her a worldwide following, who will no doubt be as excited as we are about the publication of Fool’s Assassin next year.”

Agent Chris Lotts says “It has been nearly eighteen years since ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE first turned up in book shops and achieved the status of a modern fantasy classic, launching a trilogy that went on to sell over a million copies in the UK and US. The first instalment of Hobb’s new trilogy brings Fitz gloriously back to life, in a novel full of dazzling twists and turns. It will be happily embraced by her long-time, dedicated fans. I am also really gratified to see Hobb’s audience grow and grow, not just in the UK but throughout the world. She is that rare fantasy writer whose works are now eagerly read by people who do not normally read fantasy, and HarperVoyager and I feel there is super potential going forward.”

Voyager UK will publish the first volume in the series, FOOL’S ASSASSIN when Robin Hobb will be Guest of Honour for the London WorldCon. It will be simultaneously published by HarperVoyager Australia.

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Five great Harper Voyager ebooks on sale!

We’re kicking off the month of October with some great ebook deals for our Harper Voyager titles! If you haven’t had a chance to read these authors, now is the perfect time to dive in — all titles are just $1.99!

DREAMS AND SHADOWS by C. Robert Cargill. A fabulous fairy tale/horror mash-up and brilliantly crafted modern tale from acclaimed film critic and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill — part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Toro, part William S. Burroughs — that charts the lives of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the realm of magic and mystery to their anguished adulthoods.

DRAGON KEEPER, Volume One of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, by Robin Hobb. In this enthralling novel, Hobb returns to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies with a story of dragons and humans, return and rebirth, and the search for meaning, belonging, and home.

SECONDS by David Ely. Antiochus Wilson is completely and utterly bored with his life, until he receives the call that changes everything. When the voice on the other end of the line promises him excitement, wealth, and happiness, he is more than a little intrigued.

THE SAVAGE BOY by Nick Cole. Amid the remains of a world destroyed by a devastating armageddon, barbaric tribes rule the New American Dark Age. A boy and his horse must complete the final mission of the last United States soldier, and what unfolds is an epic journey across an America gone savage. Get this ebook just in time for the paperback of THE WASTELAND SAGA, out on Oct. 15.

A KINGDOM BESIEGED Book One of the Chaoswar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist. Midkemia’s fifth and final Riftwar — the devastating Chaoswar — explodes in the opening volume of Feist’s spectacular epic fantasy trilogy of magic, conflict, and world-shattering peril.

All ebooks available from: Amazon | iTunes | Books-A-Million | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Google

U.S. promotion only. Most sales end 10/14.

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Start reading Robin Hobb’s The Wilful Princess & The Piebald Prince

Click on the link below to start reading Robin Hobb’s fantastic new novella, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, featuring illustrations by Jackie Morris.

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince – Extract by HarperCollinsPublishersUK

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Q&A with illustrator Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris has been illustrating Robin Hobb’s covers for many years. With Robin’s next book, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, due out next month, with another beautiful Jackie Morris illustration on the front, we thought you might enjoy to hear a bit more about the woman behind the art…

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

How did you come to read Robin Hobb’s work in the first place?

Someone recommended the Liveships series to me, because of the dragons I think. I started reading them and was gripped straight away. It was like finding an old friend I hadn’t seen for ages. I lost myself in the stories in a way I hadn’t since I was a child.

What was it that you loved about it so?

I love her characters and the way that they change and develop as things happen to them. I love that although they are only made from letters of the alphabet on paper they seem to live and breath. They aren’t perfect. They have flaws. But they grow and learn. I also love the characters of the animals and the dragons.

And how did you come to be commissioned to create the covers for her books?

I was reading the second of the Liveships books while busy working when I had an email from Jane Johnson. It seemed that Jo Fletcher, then of Orion, had sent Jane a Christmas card of mine that I had designed for the Musicians Benevolent Fun, now known as Help Musicians. She wondered if there were prints of the image and bought one. She then said that she had a series of books that she was looking to re-jacket and wondered if i would be interested. I was busy. I said I would, in theory, but only if they were by Robin Hobb. It was like a strange kind of Rainwilds magic was working because they were indeed, so I then had to read all of the books, in order. Imagine!

Do you have a favourite character or set of characters?

I always think the answer to this would be easy. Obviously it’s Fitz and the Fool. But then I begin to think again and I love all the characters in the Liveships too, and Nighteyes. Even Chade. Molly is wonderful. And Heeby and Sintara. I think my favorite literary landscape is The Rainwilds. They intrigue me with their memory stones, and the wizard wood and the dragons and elderlings. I love to travel there.

Like Robin, you have a strong emotional and spiritual connection with animals. We’ve heard that she raised a wolf cub when she was a youngster in Alaska. Do you have similar stories to tell?

I wish I had raised a wolf cub. The best moments of my life have been when out walking meeting the wild, the creatures that care nothing for our stupid games of politics. Coming face to face with wild foxes, weasels, seals, badgers, watching birds fly. I live with cats and dogs and the cats are wonderful companions for writing with. They also walk with me to the hill tops where I write and also, when i am searching for cover ideas, where i read.

Can you describe how you go about capturing the perfect cover image for one of her novels? How do you decide what to illustrate? And do you share your ideas and/or roughs with Robin Hobb herself?

All jobs are different. With Robin’s books Jane Johnson had sent me A Song of Ice and Fire. She wanted a similar ‘clean’ look. One image on a wash background. I had been working with gold leaf and suggested this instead and so a ‘look’ grew. With each book it was finding then the ‘emblem’ that would grace the cover. I suppose it wasn’t necessary to read the whole book, but I always have when designing a jacket. I think that it is important to do so.

And at first I didn’t ‘bother’ Robin with my doodlings, but now I include her in conversations about the covers. I have got to know her over the years and welcome her thoughts. And how I love it when a new book is ready and searching for something to wrap around it to make it stand out on a shelf in a crowded bookshop.

You’ve just illustrated her novella, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince. Did you enjoy having the chance to illustrate an entire story, to have the freedom to choose to create a visual flow to enhance the narrative?

I love books. Given the chance to paint for an entire book is such a gift. If I could I would have done more. I do hesitate to illustrate characters. I think that everyone who reads a book like Royal Assassin has their own idea of what Fitz looks like, but would love to describe the landscape of the Duchies in paint. And The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince is a great story to illustrate. I also love working in black and white.

Tell us about creating the spectacular endpapers: how did you come up with the idea and how long did they take you?

I was asked to do folios for the book, and in doodling for these I came up with patterns that I thought would suit the endpapers. I could have painted a few diamonds and then worked in photoshop to make them into a pattern but I love pushing paint around. I was working large on this piece, but in the end I only did the one side. It was then flipped by the wonderful art dept and reduced. I do love a book with endpapers.

You maintain a strong social media presence via your website, on Facebook and also on Twitter. Do you enjoy interacting with the fan community and with authors?

I do. I live in quite a remote place, well, not really remote but a long way from publishers and publishers’ parties and the likes. As a writer and illustrator I worked most of my life in isolation. Facebook and Twitter allow me direct contact with many other authors and illustrators as well as bookshops and most importantly readers.

You do sometimes have to be careful of what you look at. I still sting a little from someone who said on some forum somewhere that the covers I design for Robin’s books look like poorly executed school projects. But I do think it isn’t bad to get criticism as well as praise. I find so many beautiful things online that people show me, meet some amazing people. It has changed some of the way that I work. The only problem is that sometimes as I wander through its labyrinths I forget where I am and time passes. Time when I should be writing, or painting.

Tell us about your own work. What are your influences and your most recent book?

I have 5 books out this year, including The Wilful Princess.

The first, East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a retelling of a traditional tale. As with all storytelling it took on a life of its own, and has an unexpected ending that perhaps is really a new beginning. It’s small. You can read it almost like watching a film. And it has pictures.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Then there is Little Evie in the Wild Wood that was written by me and illustrated by Catherine Hyde. It was a wonderful experience for me to have my words taken and flesh put onto the bones of them.

The next book is a re issue of Starlight Sailor, written by James Mayhew and illustrated by me and i have been having wonderful fun playing with paperboats for this book. You can read more about this on my blog, and join in the fun.

Last but not least is Song of the Golden Hare which came into my head early last year and pushed its way into the schedule of work. It’s about hares, song, finding your voice, courage. It is filled with hares and birds and dogs and a journey and seals. It is very much set in the landscape of Wales, though sadly few hares are found here.

And now I am working on a book of bears and I am hoping that soon I will have another manuscript from Robin, and that HarperCollins will always allow me to decorate her beautiful books with intricate endpapers.

Song of the Golden Hare

Jackie Morris lives in a small house on the Welsh coast. She wanted to be an artist from the earliest she could remember. After studying art at Hereford and Bath Academy she went on to illustrate for magazines and newspapers. She began her first book for children the week after her first child, Thomas was born and has gone on to illustrate and write many books.

You can find out more about Jackie and her books on her website at jackiemorris.co.uk.

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince is available for pre-order now.

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Robin Hobb visits England and Scotland!

Robin Hobb will be visiting England and Scotland later on this year to meet her fans and sign copies of The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, her wonderful new novella set in the Farseer world. Full details of the tour (including four days at World Fantasy Con!) are below – we hope to see you at one of the events!

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

Robin Hobb Tour schedule 2013

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BLOOD OF DRAGONS is today’s Kindle Deal!

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is BLOOD OF DRAGONS, the fourth and final volume in the thrilling fantasy series Rain Wilds Chronicles, by New York Times bestselling novelist Robin Hobb. For today only, it is $1.99!

In BLOOD OF DRAGONS, the dragons and their motley crew of keepers (who are slowly turning into elegant Elderlings) have finally found the long lost city of Kelsingra where the mythical silver wells that the dragons need to survive supposedly exist. But the legendary city is shrouded in secrets and ancient memories trapped in stone and the wells are no where to be found. In a desperate attempt to unlock the whereabouts of the wells the keepers risk “memory walking”—immersing oneself into the drug-like memories of long deceased Elderlings—to find clues necessary to their survival.

To make matters worse time is of the utmost importance because Tintaglia will not survive the wounds from her long sojourn to Kelsingra without silver. And if Tintaglia dies, she’ll take with her the ancient memories needed to survive and doom the group to extinction.

Get your copy of BLOOD OF DRAGONS for just $1.99 TODAY!

 

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We’re gearing up for San Diego Comic-Con!

Let the countdown begin — only 15 more days until San Diego Comic-Con! Harper Voyager and Morrow will be there, so be sure to stop by our booth (booth #1029) and say hello. We’ll have lots of author signings, booth giveaways, panelists and much more! We’ll post a complete schedule closer to the date, but here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

Author signings - Stop by our booth to meet the following authors and get their signature!

· David Wellington, CHIMERA
· Raymond Feist, MAGICIAN’S END
· C. Robert Cargill, DREAMS AND SHADOWS
· James Rollins, EYE OF GOD
· Robin Hobb, BLOOD OF DRAGONS
· Richard Kadrey, KILL CITY BLUES
· Nick Cole, THE OLD MAN AND THE WASTELAND

 
Panelists – Some authors will be on panels, and our very own Richard Kadrey is the Guest of Honor!

· Richard Kadrey – Urban Fantasy: Myth & Magic in the City
· Brom – Monsters and Mortals
· Nick Cole – Apocalyptic/Zombie
· C. Robert Cargill – Witches and Fey
· James Rollins – Keep ‘em At the Edge of Their Seats
· David Wellington – Science Fiction and the Future
· Robin Hobb – Epic Fantasy

 

Giveaways and merch - What’s a convention without some swag? Attendees will have a chance to get the following:

· DRAGON KEEPER by Robin Hobb, mass market edition
· KILL CITY BLUES by Richard Kadrey, exclusive Comic-Con advance sale
· WASTELAND SAGA by Nick Cole, ebook bundle promotion
· CHIMERA by Daving Wellington, exclusive Comic-Con advance sale
· Raymond Feist will be signing special Midkemia maps
· An ebook Voyager sampler with more than a dozen excerpts from our hottest books and new releases

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @HarperVoyagerUS for up-to-date info while we’re at Comic-Con.

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Robin Hobb's Blood of Dragons now available! Tour dates and more…

Blood of Dragons, the final installation of the Rain Wild Chronicles, is out in the States today!

Robin Hobb will be touring to promote the book too! See if she’s coming to your town below. If not, do not fear, as she will be doing two online events as well. First, she’ll be on all day of April 11th (this Thursday!) for an Author Chat on Goodreads and will be doing a Reddit AMA chat on April 16th.

 In Person Signings/Events:

UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE: Seattle 04/10/2013 – Bookstore Event

UNCLE HUGO’S: Minneapolis 04/13/2013 01:00 PM – Bookstore Event

MYSTERIOUS GALAXY: Los Angeles 04/19/2013 07:00 PM – Bookstore Event/

LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS: Los Angeles 04/21/2013 11:00 AM – There Be Dragons! LATFOB Fiction Panel

BARNES AND NOBLE: Seattle 04/22/2013 07:00 PM – World Book Night

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: Boston 04/30/2013 06:00 PM – Bookstore Event/Signing

TUMWATER TIMBERLAND LIBRARY: Washington State 06/01/2013 Event

HYPERICON: Tennessee 06/15-17 HYPERICON: Tennessee Guest of Honor

BOOKMARKS FESTIVAL: North Carolina 09/07/2013 – Speaker for Festival