The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley; 1984

I’m trying going back to one entry per book, even if it’s a short one. Picked this up at the Penguin Putnam warehouse sale (catnip for booklovers, and one of the GREAT things about living in the Binghamton NY area!) because I remember liking The Blue Sword years ago. The young-woman-hero-fantasy genre is well-populated now, and McKinley is one of the people who paved the way. Excellent, almost LeGuin quality, with memorable characters (including a wonderful horse, Talat). I can’t believe this hasn’t been made into a movie–it deserves the full Peter Jackson treatment. Actually, this would be perfect for Joss Whedon…sigh…if only… I also did not know McKinley is/was married to Peter Dickinson, whose Changes trilogy I found compelling but disturbing as a child–haven’t gone back to those yet…

2 thoughts on “The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley; 1984

  1. Normally it would be November, but I heard a rumor that they are going to do them every other year. There is a mailing list you can join for information. Unfortunately I can’t find the sign up page… You could call them and ask. Good luck!

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