If so, did you think it was a good read?
Im a big fan of fantasy (Lord of the Rings related works, His Dark Materials) but I haven't had time recently to find anything to read.
I know the authors done a few trilogies before this, should I read them first?
Robin Hobb, imo is one of the best character developing authors out there.
Reading in order isn't essential, but will give you a better understanding.
If your looking for a f*cking epic, well planned, well developed, complex series, go for Gardens Of The Moon, by Steven Erikson. That book essentially restored my faith in good fantasy.