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This is a book of short-ish stories from Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm (the same person writing under two different pseudonyms). I have not much enjoyed books by ML in the past, but have enjoyed RH's books. I found the same this time with this collection. The ML stories were a bit grim in places, but the RH ones were set in the Rain Wilds and surrounds where some of her other series are set, and I really enjoyed those.
Didn't quite know what to expect when I purchased this. I had just finished both of Robin Hobb's "Farseer Trilogy" and the "Liveship Trilogy" when I bought The Inheritance.
I thoroughly enjoyed both of these series' so decided to purchase another Robin Hobb book, but wasn't ready to invest my time into another lengthy series so this appealed to me as it appeared to be comprised of multiple shorter stories.
Now I didn't read other reviews beforehand and was hoping for another serene magical adventure so was at first disappointed to see it was more of a book revolving around the author and her personas as Megan Lindholm VS Robin Hobb (same author 2X different writing styles). This book entails true insight into her creative process and connections to her actual life which inspired her to write these stories before each one. This said however they're only short snippets and last a few pages at most. I was initially hesitant about this new more personal connection to the author but by the third story found it gave a new perspective for reading her works in the way she wanted the reader to view them.
This first half or so of the book consists of a multitude Lindholm stories varying in length while the latter half is original Hobb with 2X stories from the Cursed Shores (one linked to Bingtown and the other the Rain Wilds)
The Hobbs stories aren't of major significance in her world however the Rain Wilds story gives insight into the lives of the first settlers generations before the events of the Liveship traders series.
All in all a good mixture of short stories from Robin Hobb's masterpiece universe aswell as a variety of stories in the diction of Lindholm.
Lindholm stories vary slightly from our real world with touches of magic and science fiction in comparison to her overhaul of the world like Hobb does.
I was a bit confused and thought the UK version only had the story 'The Inheritance', hence I went on a crusade trying to buy the US Version in Amazon US, Canada, Italy, France, etc., and was miffed that I couldn't Perhaps it should have been made clear that the UK version had all the same stories by both Megan Lyndholm and Robin Hobb identities of the author as the US version and not just 'The Inheritance', viz : A Touch of Lavender, Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man, Cut, The Fifth Squashed Cat, Strays, Finis, and Drum Machine by Megan Lyndholm and Homecoming, The Inheritance, and Cat’s Meat by Robin Hobb - all with introduction and a preface to the collection. This was not made clear at all in the blurb about the book when it was first offered for sale in the Amazon UK pages, but I see the page has now been updated and some comments are there now that make this clear. Nevertheless it was a pleasant surprise at the time to find that there WERE the ten stories in the book ! For fans of both identities of the author, I'm sure it need no further recommendation than their names....................
So pleased to find this anthology! I have long admired Robin Hobb above all the fantasy fiction writers I have read. Her characters live and breathe, in all their pain and joy, from every page in a way no other writer quite manages. Admittedly Tolkien is supreme but his works are finite and scholarly, whereas Hobb opens vistas of possibility in all her worlds and under every pseudonym, at every turn of every page. I read this in a single sitting, broken only by the infuriating need to sleep and eat, delighting in every single story. The Six Duchies and Bingtown stories cemented her reputation with me and this collection has given me new places to look for this wonderfully inventive writer's work.
Really enjoyed this, the only downside was... What to read next! After immersing myself in Fitz's world for so long, it was really difficult to choose which of my 'to read pile' to follow it. I really hope this isn't the last we see of Bee and her family, the Liveships, the Rain Wilders and their dragons. I can see many sequels so I hope Ms Hobb does too.
I've read a lot of Robin's books and I've never been disappointed. 'The Inheritance' was different from others that I'd read by Robin Hobb simply because it was a selection of short stories. It was intriguing, lots of interesting subjects, leading you on to further pleasures. The one I had the most enjoyment from was 'The Homecoming'. I'd read the Rain Wilds books and found that I wanted more. So I was very pleased to read the beginning of the Rain Wilds, once again, I was begging for more!!! I don't know if there is a book featuring the time between 'The Homecoming' and 'The Liveship Traders', but I would be interested in reading it. I love books to do with dragons and magic, and Robin Hobb always comes up trumps. I reccommend ALL her books and look forward to reading a lot more in the future.