Rating: 3.5 / 5
I’ve been participating in the #elderlingalong readalong of Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderling novels. It was recommended that THE WILLFUL PRINCESS AND THE PIEBALD PRINCE novella would be best read before picking up the next trio of books in the larger series.
THE WILLFUL PRINCESS AND THE PIEBALD PRINCE is told from the perspective of Felicity, the companion to Princess Caution. The princess falls in love (or at least a relationship) with a man who wouldn’t be approved by the family and she gives birth to a bastard son who bears the piebald markings of his father’s horse.
This book is written much like a fairy tale that belongs in the realm of the Elderling series rather than a part of the series itself. This adds some origin stories to the early Farseer line and the introduction of the world’s magic to the royal family.
This was a fun, quick read, perfect for the March bookoplathon fantasy prompt. I will be picking up the next #elderlingalong book later this month and I’m eager to see how this ties in.