Realm of the Elderlings Reading Order, Robin Hobb’s classic fantasy series

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The Realm of the Elderlings is a classic fantasy series written by Robin Hobb.

Reading the Realm of the Elderlings in Order

The Realm of the Elderlings series, also known as the World of Eda and El, is the setting of multiple trilogies, a tetralogy, and a few short stories. You’ll find below a listing of the novels, then a chronological order with the novels, the short stories and the novels

The Realm of Elderlings Books in Order (only the novels)

The chronological order of the main novels is the same as the publishing order. The books form one gigantic story, but with different viewpoints.

The Farseer trilogy

Assassin’s Apprentice (1995)
Royal Assassin (1996)
Assassin’s Quest (1997)

The Liveship Traders trilogy

Ship of Magic (1998)
The Mad Ship (1998)
Ship of Destiny (2000)

The Tawny Man trilogy

Fool’s Errand (2001)
Golden Fool (2002)
Fool’s Fate (2003)

The Rain Wild Chronicles

The Dragon Keeper (2009)
Dragon Haven (2010)
City of Dragons (2011)
Blood of Dragons (2013)

The Fitz and the Fool trilogy

Fool’s Assassin (2014)
Fool’s Quest (2015)
Assassin’s Fate (2017)

The Farseer Trilogy published by the Folio Society

The Realm of Elderlings Books in Chronological Order (with short stories)

All short stories and novellas can be read at any time.

– Homecoming (short story)
– The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince (novella)
– Cat’s Meat (short story)
Assassin’s Apprentice (novel)
– Words Like Coins (short story)
– Blue Boots (short story)
– Her Father’s Sword (short story)
Royal Assassin (novel)
Assassin’s Quest (novel)
– The Inheritance (novella)
Ship of Magic (novel)
The Mad Ship (novel)
Ship of Destiny (novel)
Fool’s Errand (novel)
Golden Fool (novel)
Fool’s Fate (novel)
The Dragon Keeper (novel)
Dragon Haven (novel)
City of Dragons (novel)
Blood of Dragons (novel)
Fool’s Assassin (novel)
Fool’s Quest (novel)
Assassin’s Fate (novel)

More about the Realm of the Elderlings series

The Story of the Realm of the Elderlings

The Realm of the Elderlings is the name of the universe where all the books are set. Even though these stories take place in different parts of the Realms and have different points of view characters, one of the most important characters in that universe is FitzChivalry Farseer, the bastard son of the ruling family of the Six Duchies, trained as an assassin in service of his King.

He is the sole narrator of the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies and narrates some parts of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. He possesses a strong bond with his wolf Nighteyes, and the Fool, an albino with a mysterious past who believes Fitz is the Catalyst destined to transform the world.

The Liveship Traders Trilogy focuses on the lives of Bingtown Trader families and their magical “liveships,” and The Rain Wild Chronicles continues to explore the lives of the Liveship Traders and take us on a journey along the Rain Wild River.

Does the Realm of the Elderlings series need to be read in order?

For an enhanced experience, it is recommended to read the novels in the Realm of the Elderlings in order (the publication and chronological order are identical). Though the stories take place in different parts and have different point of view characters, there is various connexion between the series, from plot lines to characters. Sometimes it is not always evident if you are not familiar with the other series, but it is there!

The short stories can be considered optional and read at different points.

How many books are there in the Realm of the Elderlings series?

Robin Hobb’s The Realm of the Elderlings comprises of four trilogies and one tetralogy, for a total of 16 books (and some short stories).

Where can I find Realm of the Elderlings’ short stories and novellas?

The novella and short stories set in the Realm of the Elderlings have been mostly released in anthologies/collections of stories:

“Homecoming” in The Inheritance & Other Stories.
“The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince” is a novella released independently.
“Cat’s Meat” in The Inheritance & Other Stories.
“Words Like Coins” in A Fantasy Medley and as an e-book.
“Blue Boots” in Songs of Love and Death.
“Her Father’s Sword” in The Book of Swords.
“The Inheritance” in The Inheritance & Other Stories.

Has the Realm of the Elderlings books series ended?

The story came to a conclusion at the end of Assassin’s Fate (2017), and nothing has been released in this universe since then.

Robin Hobb has mentioned in the past having a planned Bee story and working on a Patience and Lacey story. It means that the Realm of the Elderlings could still expand in the future.

Is there an adaptation of the Realm of the Elderlings books series?

Not all books are destined to become a TV series or a movie. For the moment, no adaptation of the Realm of the Elderlings is planned.

About the author of the Realm of the Elderlings series

Who is Robin Hobb?

Born Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden on March 5, 1952, in California, Robin Hobb grew up in Alaska and the Pacific Northwestern United States and married Fred Odgen at age 18. She first published short work of fiction for children under the pen name Megan Lindholm, before shifting to short fantasy during the 1970s. Her first novel was published in 1983, and she continued to use exclusively the name Megan Lindholm until 1995.

Under the pseudonym Robin Hobb, she began publishing works of epic traditional fantasy. Assassin’s Apprentice, the first book in the Farseer trilogy, was released in 1995. It introduced the reader to FitzChivalry Farseer, the illegitimate son of a prince, and the mysterious character called the Fool. Their stories took place in the Realm of Elderlings, where most of Robin Hobb’s stories take place.

Other books by Robin Hobb

As Robin Hobb, the Soldier Son trilogy (Shaman’s Crossing, Forest Mage, and Renegade’s Magic) are her only works to be set outside the Elderlings world.

As Megan Lindholm, she has released stories exploring the different sides of fantasy: The Ki and Vandien Quartet, Tillu and Kerlew novels, Wizard of the Pigeons, and more.

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