Synopses & Reviews
A treasure trove of tales from a master storyteller—the first to feature works written under both her pseudonyms, Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm . . .
Before she became an acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, Robin Hobb received resounding critical praise for work written under the name Megan Lindholm. Though they spring from the same imagination, Hobb and Lindholm are separate, diverse identities, each with her own unique style and perspective.
The Inheritance celebrates the boundless vision of Hobb and Lindholm, bringing together for the first time classic and new short works from both names. The collection is comprised of three generous offerings from Robin Hobb, including the title story, which makes its U.S. debut here, and a brand-new tale, "Cat's Meat." Megan Lindholm contributes her Hugo and Nebula Award finalist "A Touch of Lavender" and Nebula finalist "Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man," as well as several classic and new gems.
Each piece is prefaced by a brief yet informative author's note, offering insight into each story's genesis. Fascinating, compelling, and wonderfully entertaining, The Inheritance reveals the full spectrum of skill and talent of one of the world's finest fantasy writers.
"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 naÃ¯ve and her prose extravagant. Under any name, Margaret Lindholm's assured prose has an unerring ability to tug on the reader's heartstrings. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“One author, two pseudonyms, and a wonderful collection of short stories…an exciting addition to the fantasy genre. Her stories are fresh and surprising as she weaves in subtle twists.” Portland Book Review on THE INHERITANCE
“A priceless reading experience.” Paul Goat Allen on THE INHERITANCE
“Fast action, deep emotional bonds and a great ending...[I] encourage you to check out Dragon Haven.” Blogcritics.com
“FOREST MAGE presents a darker and more complex hero in Nevare . . .Ms. Hobb has given a lot of thought to her world and characters. Dark as they are, they stand out like jewels on velvet.” Romance Reviews Today
“Taken as a whole, the two voices represented here provide a richly textured body of work from one of the genres most accomplished writers. VERDICT Fans of both Lindholm and Hobb will appreciate the diversity of this one-woman showcase.” Library Journal on THE INHERITANCE
“All [of the stories] are beautifully written parables, expressing a clear message but managing not to be too offensively preachy about it.…You dont have to be a fan of either of the authors identities to enjoy this collectionbut you may become one.” Kirkus Reviews on THE INHERITANCE
“An engaging, entertaining introduction to both sides of the authors work.” Booklist (starred review) on THE INHERITANCE
“[D]elicate, vivid language . . . [a] fine example of how to avoid a middle-book slump.” Booklist
“Displaying Hobbs gift for creating unusual and compelling worlds, [Shamans Crossing] maintains her high standard of storytelling.” Library Journal
“At once harrowing, unexpected, and morally complex. . . . Im eager to see what happens next.” Locus
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."
“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.
About the Author
Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska. It was there that she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of five critically acclaimed fantasy series: The Rain Wilds Chronicles (Dragon Keeper
, Dragon Haven
, City of Dragons
, Blood of Dragons
), The Soldier Son Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, and The Farseer Trilogy. Under the name Megan Lindholm she is the author of The Wizard of the Pigeons
, and Cloven Hooves
. The Inheritance
, a collection of stories, was published under both names. Her short fiction has won the Asimov's Readers' Award and she has been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.
Robin Hobb / Megan Lindholm was born in California, grew up in Alaska, and currently lives in Tacoma, Washington. As Robin Hobb, she is the author of fourteen novels and numerous shorter works. Megan Lindholm has published nine novels; her short fiction has won the Asimov's Readers' Award and been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.