A different take on the fish-out-of-water fantasy experience. It also reminds me a little of the Daenarys storyline in GoT. Robin McKinley's earlier work is a great one, but it's evident that Harimad-sol's adventure was merely a warm up to the epic tale of Aerin Firehair.
More titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. A Newbery Honor Book and a modern classic of young adult fantasy, The Blue Sword introduces the desert kingdom of Damar, where magic weaves through the blood and weaves together destinies.
Stand alone or series: Has a prequel written after this book was done, thoughbut can be read alone. Summary: from Amazon. Her life is quiet and ordinary-until the night she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk King, who takes her deep into the desert. She does not know the Hillfolk language; she does not know why she has been chosen.
The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion. We've got to have a dream if we are going to make a dream come true. Is man one of God's blunders?
Cancel anytime. The only daughter of a beloved king and queen, Princess Lissar has grown up in the shadow of her parents' infinite adoration for each other - an infatuation so great that it could only be broken by the queen's unexpected passing. As Lissar reaches womanhood, it becomes clear to everyone in the kingdom that she has inherited her late mother's breathtaking beauty.
October 25, by leavesandpages. Orphaned misfit tomboy rather unwillingly travels to a new home, finds herself, falls in love and is fallen in love with, saves a kingdom. There we have it in a nutshell.
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This, my friends, is how young adult fantasy is done. Or in this case, until it is a dusty desert full of horse riding warriors, a dwindling magic, demon barbarians invading from the north, and civilized white men invading from across the ocean. McKinley is a master of prose, and this book has stood the test of time for almost 25 years now.