by Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm

Harper Collins, $15.00, 374 pages

One author, two pseudonyms, and a wonderful collection of short stories – expect this and more when you read The Inheritance by Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm. Hobb is a New York bestselling author who is known for writing longer stories filled with rich detail. Fans of Lindholm praise her for her shorter and direct tales of fantasy. Whether you call her Robin or Megan, you’ll agree that her work is an exciting addition to the fantasy genre. Her stories are fresh and surprising as she weaves in subtle twists. The pseudonyms do differ in subject matter and style. Hobb’s section consists of 3 stories. “Homecoming” follows the lives of settlers forced to accept their fate. They must explore an ancient and magical buried city and a strange landscape. You won’t want to stop reading until you reach the mysterious and poetic conclusion. Lindholm’s half of the book encourages readers to question societal traditions. “Cut” asks a reader to consider tattoos, piercings, body modification and male and female circumcision. “Strays” compares the value our culture puts on unwanted animals and people. Enjoy these stories as they entertain and challenge you.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin