“One of the most important writers in 21st-Century fantasy.”
—Contra Costa Times
“Robin Hobb is one of our very best fantasy writers…always fresh, entertaining, and completely engrossing.”
—New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson
The Inheritance & Other Stories is a marvelous new collection of short fiction from New York Times bestselling master storyteller Robin Hobb—including tales written under the pseudonym Megan Lindholm, by which the acclaimed fantasist first began her illustrious writing career. Included in this essential volume are Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated short masterworks, as well as brand new tales and the never before published in the U.S. title story—a unique compendium of wonders displaying the breathtaking skill, imagination, and remarkably varied styles of both alter egos.
This compelling collection includes contributions from two pseudonyms of Margaret Lindholm: bestseller Robin Hobb (Dragon Haven) and lesser-known but critically acclaimed Megan Lindholm. An introduction that explains how both pseudonyms came to be gives a fascinating glimpse into the author's mind. The title story's theme of deciding what to do with one's inheritance echoes throughout this poignant compilation. Lindholm's SF tale, "A Touch of Lavender," is a masterful mix of delicately crafted prose and subtle emotional stakes. The deceptively quiet "Cut" examines the violent choice one mother makes to protect her granddaughter from herself. Hobb's "Homecoming" describes in protracted detail the trials of the first settlers to the Rain Wilds. Lindholm's tales sometimes mask deeper themes or play with one significant moment, while Hobb's narrators are often na ve and her prose extravagant. Under any name, Margaret Lindholm's assured prose has an unerring ability to tug on the reader's heartstrings.
Each story was a delightful snack, a small meal of a story that, like the best appetizers, leaves one hungry for more. Even though each story was complete, I found myself considering the characters and their lives long after the story ended. What happened to Lisa's brother? What will Rosemary do next? And the Rainwilds-so much to be filled in there! I just want to devour all of Robb/Lindholm's writing up, it is that good!
The book is highly recommended for all fans. I love short introductions for stories and stories themselves.