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The Inheritance by Robin Hobb
Review by Edward Carmien
Amazon.com Short  ISBN/ITEM#: AMAZRHOBB1
Date: Sept 2005 / Show Official Info /

That Hobb/Lindholm is as capable in the short form as she is in the long form should come as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with this remarkable author's career and bibliography. This story is easy on the eyes and apt to drive one to pick up the Bingtown traders novels for rereading.

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