Robin Hobb is a major fantasy author.
Here is what you can learn on Wikipedia :
Robin Hobb is the second pen name of novelist Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden (born 1952 in California) who produces primarily fantasy fiction, although she has published some science fiction.
From 1983 to 1992, she wrote exclusively under the pseudonym Megan Lindholm. Fiction under that pseudonym tends to be contemporary fantasy. In 1995, she began use of the pseudonym Robin Hobb for works of epic traditional European Medieval Fantasy. She currently publishes under both names, and she currently lives in Tacoma, Washington. As of 2003 she had sold over 1 million copies of her first nine Robin Hobb novels. She has just finished writing a two volume novel called The Rain Wild Chronicles. The volumes are named The Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven. She is currently working on her next, untitled book.
Margaret was born in California in 1952, but was raised in Alaska. After graduating high school she studied at Denver University for a year and then returned to Alaska. After marrying at eighteen she subsequently moved to Kodiak, an island off the coast of Alaska. It was at this time that she sold her first short story, and began a career writing for children's magazines. "Bones for Dulath" in Amazons! was the first piece of fantasy that she published as Megan Lindholm. The anthology was published by Daw, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, and won a World Fantasy Award for Year's Best Anthology. Over the next decade she moved around America, before settling in Washington and began writing fantasy and science fiction. She has three grown children and a young daughter.
Her books have been praised by Orson Scott Card. Card has stated that she "arguably set the standard for the modern serious fantasy novel."
She has written a lot of books :
As Megan Lindholm
 The Ki and Vandien Quartet
* Harpy's Flight (1983) ISBN 0-00-711252-1
* The Windsingers (1984) ISBN 0-00-711253-X
* The Limbreth Gate (1984) ISBN 0-00-711254-8
* Luck of the Wheels (1989) ISBN 0-00-711255-6
Tillu and Kerlew
* The Reindeer People (1988) ISBN 0-00-711422-2
* Wolf's Brother (1988) ISBN 0-00-711434-6
* Wizard of the Pigeons (1985)
* Cloven Hooves (1991) ISBN 0-553-29327-3
* Alien Earth (1992) ISBN 0-553-29749-X
* The Gypsy (1992) with Steven Brust ISBN 0-7653-1192-5
As Robin Hobb
The Realm of the Elderlings
The Farseer Trilogy
The Farseer Trilogy follows the life of FitzChivalry Farseer (Fitz), a royal bastard and trained assassin, in a kingdom called The Six Duchies while his uncle, Prince Verity, attempts to wage war on the Red-Ship Raiders from The OutIslands who are attacking the shores of the kingdom by turning the people of the Six Duchies into Forged ones; a form of zombification which makes them emotionless. Meanwhile Prince Regal has plans of his own to destroy the Six Duchies.
* Assassin's Apprentice (1995)
* Royal Assassin (1996)
* Assassin's Quest (1997)
Liveship Traders Trilogy
The Liveship Traders Trilogy mainly takes place southwest of The Six Duchies in Bingtown (a colony of Jamaillia) and focuses on Liveships (sentient ships). The trilogy is unusually nautical – an area seldom covered in fantasy – with the germ of it being apparently the idea of portraying ships whose figureheads are literally alive and sentient. While this trilogy does not follow FitzChivalry Farseer's life, it is linked to both the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies.
* Ship of Magic (1998)
* The Mad Ship (1999)
* Ship of Destiny (2000)
The Tawny Man Trilogy
The Tawny Man continues the life of FitzChivalry Farseer from The Farseer Trilogy. It commences 15 years after the events in Assassin's Quest, a period covered in part by The Liveship Traders Trilogy. It focuses on The Fool's attempts to guide others to fulfill his prophecies.
* Fool's Errand (2002)
* Golden Fool (2003)
* Fool's Fate (2003)
Takes place in the years after the Liveship Traders.
* The Dragon Keeper (2009)
* Dragon Haven (2010)
Soldier Son Trilogy
Set in a new world unrelated to her previous trilogies, the Soldier Son Trilogy follows the life of Nevare Burvelle, the second son of a newly elevated Lord of the Kingdom of Gernia, and his preparation for and education at the King's Cavalla Academy.
* Shaman's Crossing (2005)
* Forest Mage (2006)
* Renegade's Magic (2007)
* "The Inheritance" (The Realm of the Elderlings) in Voyager 5: Collector's Edition. Promotional paperback, not for sale. Can be bought as an ebook from Amazon.com.
* "Homecoming" (The Realm of the Elderlings) in Legends II, edited by Robert Silverberg.
* "Words Like Coins" (The Realm of the Elderlings)
* The Triumph, a historical story in the Warriors anthology.
In my mind, her best fantasy books are the ones set in the universe started in The Farseer Trilogy : her universe is rich, complex with a lot of original ideas. Her characters are very interesting, much more original than the orphan boy on a quest to save the world (it starts with an orphan but it gets different very quickly).
There are also epic elements, naturally, but she doesn't forget the human drama !
I really love this author, her writing style, her very well-drawn and human characters and her intricated plots !
I would advise you to read her books chronogically, starting with the Farseer Trilogy (country rather close to medieval Europ), The Liveships Traders (Southern countries, pirates, traders, settlers), the Tawny Man (back to medieval Europ) and Finally The Rain Wild Chronicles (settlers) !
If SF is more your thing, Alien Earth i (under her other pen name Megan Lindholm) excellent as well : there are some interesting aliens (and really different from human beings), ecological themes, flawed characters and
Any readers ?