By Robin Hobb

“One of an important writers in 21st-Century fantasy.”
Contra Costa Times

“Robin Hobb is one in every of our absolute best myth writers…always clean, exciting, and fully engrossing.”
New York Times bestselling writer Kevin J. Anderson

The Inheritance & different Stories is a fabulous new number of brief fiction from New York Times bestselling grasp storyteller Robin Hobb—including stories written lower than the pseudonym Megan Lindholm, wherein the acclaimed fantasist first begun her illustrious writing occupation. incorporated during this crucial quantity are Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated brief masterworks, in addition to fresh stories and the by no means ahead of released within the U.S. identify story—a specified compendium of wonders showing the breathtaking ability, mind's eye, and remarkably various kinds of either adjust egos.

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