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I have a fair collection of Robin Hobb publications and find that The Inheritance is nowhere near the quality of the Fool's,Assassins, Mad Ship and Dragon series of books. Some of the stories are interesting.
This book was recommended to me by Amazon ahead of time as a Robin Hobb book and had the tag line - "a collection of short stories from the Rain Wilds and beyond." I imagined that 'and beyond' meant Bingtown or perhaps some Farseer aspects and eagerly pre-ordered it. A second author wasn't mentioned. In fact even now, the hardback author is still shown only as RH - and it is only in the paperback version that it identifies that some of the stories were written as Megan Lindholm. It wasn't until I actually received the book that I realised that. I feel that this was very misleading on Amazon's part.
Perhaps it's because of this that I was so disappointed with this book, but I really didn't like the style of her Megan Lindholm writing - a very different style from her RH approach. A previous reviewer has very thoroughly outlined all of the 10 stories - so any future purchaser should be warned that you are half way through the book before any Rain Wild stories actually appear.
So - I enjoyed the second half of the RH stories, but the other half did not entice me to explore any of the Megan Lindholm books. However, all power to the author that she's able to change her style so much between genres.
I greatly enjoyed the books written under the Robin Hobb pen name but this collection of short stories was at best "okay" and simply did not grab nor maintain my interest. I've read all the Rain Wild and Assassin series and can readily recommend those but I'd pass on this short story collection.
Apparently "Robin Hobb" is one of 2 pseudonyms this writer uses and this book includes pieces from both pseudonums: longer ones by "Hobb" and shorter pieces by "Megan Lindholm." Three of the stories are far superior to the others and are what make this book worthwhile. A lot of the other stories are too short and unformed to make an impact- I don't think either pseudonym is capable of developing a story in a few pages even though shorter works are supposedly Lindholm's realm. Hobb/Lindholm's strengths lie in building a world gradually increasing in weirdness containing a large cast of characters all of whom grow more fascinating as time passes. She doesn't get a chance to do this in the shorter pieces and instead tries to go for brief explorations of some surprising idea (often a social premise like "what if you could only bear children with approved DNA") but I never found the ideas or characters very interesting. Although not as good as any of Hobb's longer works, I'd recommend this book for the stories that are pretty good: "The Inheritance," "A Touch of Lavender," "Homecoming," "Cat's Meat."