Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2012 book 283

Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown
This is kind of a weird followup to The Blue Sword, and I'm actually not sure I've ever read it before. It's a prequel detailing the early life of the legendary queen mentioned in the earlier book, but like there's no dramatic tension, b/c we know she grows up to be a legendary queen (and we know who she marries). Things feel a little slower, too; one climactic battle has a ridiculous amount of lead-up and then ends in like a page. And I found the end really depressing somehow, which I don't think was intentional. I mean, it's still a good book! Just not as awesome as the Blue Sword. And I forgot to say--both books have GREAT animals. McKinley is clearly a horse girl. B.

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