Release Date: 01/04/11
A collection of novellas and stories from one of the most critically acclaimed authors in the fantasy genre, Robin Hobb. Including work written under her pseudonym, Megan Lindholm. Bingtown heiresses rub shoulders in this wonderful collection with vampires and alien musicians, tramps and feral cats. In The Homecoming, Lady Carillion Carrock and a number of other Jamaillian nobles are sailing to the Cursed Shores. Their journey is not by choice: for plotting against the Satrap, their wealth has been confiscated and they have been exiled. Until now, Carillion has done nothing but lead a life of privilege. She believes they are bound for wondrous cities, cities where ancient kings and queens dusted their skin with gold and wore jewels above their eyes. But when she is marooned by the ship's unscrupulous captain, she will soon discover the grim reality of what survival in the Rain Wilds entails. The Silver Lady is a would-be writer, ekeing out a dull existence by working in a Sears store. The one day a man comes in: fortyish, pleasant-looking. Nothing out of the ordinary. Except he says his name is Merlin, and he's about to change her life. Rosemary got involved with the wrong man. Pell is lazy, good for nothing, a bully. Her best friend Hilia knew it and so did her tom cat, Marmalade. But love is blind: Rosemary had Pell's baby, renovated the cottage his grandfather left in his will, turned its land to good use; and then he left her for another woman. Now he's back, and something must be done!
Compendiums are a great way to get a whole host of stories and are ideal for readers who have short journeys and want a title that they can dip into when their time allows. Alas, the problem with this is that it can feel at times like the author and publisher are looking for a way to cash in on previously released titles allowing them to essentially get money for old rope. Within this new release from Robin Hobb are ten short stories that will more than please the fans, alas the major downside to this is that seven of them have been previously released in various compendiums. If however you don’t already own any it’s not a bad title.
The writing as you would expect is starting to show its age but with Robin/Megan’s writing style you get a story that takes you on a journey, it gives the reader great pace, decent plot line and characters that you can understand and like. All in its acceptable although I do think a number of fans may feel that it’s quite a high price for a very limited amount of never released titles who may well decide to rent from the library rather than pay the purchase price.