So I’ve been re-reading Robin Hobb recently and, well, her books are just awesome. Not only are they unique stories in an interesting world, and written really well, but they have some pretty cool stuff in them:
- A character whose gender is unknown and who expresses male and female gender (Assassin and Fool books);
- A character with Down’s syndrome (Fool books) who is portrayed as a complex human with valid emotions and experiences (ie. he is a real character);
- A huge swathe of women and girls, all different, all complex, all with their own character arcs;
- Feminist themes (Liveship and Rain Wild Chronicles);
- Gay characters who are actual complex people, one of whom is a main character (Rain Wild Chronicles);
- Discussion on consent and abusive relationships (Rain Wild Chronicles);
- Characters with physical disabilities (Rain Wild Chronicles).
I’ve read a lot of fantasy, and Hobb has to be one of my very favourites. Hobb’s books are very fantasy (magic, dragons) and they are incredibly original and beautiful to read.