Title: The Hero and the Crown
Author: Robin McKinley
Again, I remembered loving this book, but absolutely nothing about the plot or characters. What a pleasurable re-read. I’ve been a fan of McKinley’s for a long time, and this is a good one. A truly classic fantasy novel, drawing on all the canon rules, this book still manages not to seem formulaic or cut-and-dried. I think she drew from multiple canons, so that it would blend into something new. It’s got an ignored princess, dragons, and an evil uncle, but at least the main character comes into her own without clichéd ‘you can do it’ speeches from her supporters.