Originally Posted by GreenMonkey
I'd recommend starting with the Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice) myself if you're going to read the Hobb books. Hobb's my favorite author, so I'm biased, though.
I recently started on the Farseer trilogy after coming from Ruthfoss and The name of the wind which I thought was great, but so far the story in Farseer doesn't really appeal to me but I will continue to see what happens.
Finished book 1 rather quickly and it certainly got better from book 2 and onwards. I'm now on book 3.