Robin McKinley Books

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Author Robin McKinley was born November 16, 1952 in Warren, Ohio and her full name is Jennifer Carolyn Robin McKinley. McKinley’s mother was a teacher and her father was an officer in the Navy. Because of his different naval posts, she grew up around the world in places like Japan, California, Maine, and New York. In the state of Maine, she went to Gould Academy, which is a prep school there. She went to Dickinson College in the state of Pennsylvania from 1970 until 1972, and would graduate summa cum laude from Bowdoin College which is located in Maine in the year 1975.

Order of Damar Series

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1The Door in the Hedge and Other Stories 1981Description / Buy
2The Blue Sword 1982Description / Buy
3The Hero and the Crown 1984Description / Buy
4Imaginary Lands 1985Description / Buy
5A Knot in the Grain 1994Description / Buy
6The Stone Fey 1998Description / Buy

Order of Folktales Series

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1Beauty 1978Description / Buy
2Rose Daughter 1997Description / Buy
3Spindle's End 2000Description / Buy

Order of Pegasus Series

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1Pegasus 2010Description / Buy

Order of Tales Of Elemental Spirits Series with Peter Dickinson

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1Water ( With: Peter Dickinson) 2002Description / Buy
2Fire ( With: Peter Dickinson) 2009Description / Buy

Order of Robin McKinley Standalone Novels

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1The Outlaws of Sherwood 1988Description / Buy
2Black Beauty 1989Description / Buy
3My Father is in the Navy 1992Description / Buy
4Rowan (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
5Deerskin 1993Description / Buy
6Sunshine 2003Description / Buy
7Dragonhaven 2007Description / Buy
8Chalice 2008Description / Buy
9Shadows 2013Description / Buy

Order of Robin McKinley Short Story Collections

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1The Door in the Hedge and Other Stories 1981Description / Buy

Order of Snow White, Blood Red Anthology Series

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1Snow White, Blood Red 1993Description / Buy
2Black Thorn, White Rose 1994Description / Buy
3Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears 1995Description / Buy
4Black Swan, White Raven 1997Description / Buy
5Silver Birch, Blood Moon 1999Description / Buy
6Black Heart, Ivory Bones 2000Description / Buy

Robin McKinley Anthologies

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1 Imaginary Lands1985Description / Buy
2 Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture1991Description / Buy
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She loves bell ringing, learning the piano, gardening, riding horses, and cooking. During her time working as a research assistant and in a bookstore, she would work on her retelling of the “Beauty and the Beast” story that she called “Beauty”. Not only was it accepted by the very first publisher she sent it to, but it made her a household name. She has never had any children (her husband did, with his first wife), but she does have two dogs named Darkness and Chaos. From the year 1991 until 2015, she was married to Peter Dickinson, also an author; the marriage ended when he died at the age of 88.

Robin McKinley has written some stand alone novels, some children’s picture books, the “Pegasus” series, and the “Damar” series. McKinley has adapted some classic folk-tales and fairy tales and rewritten them to make them her own and add a feminist twist to them. These stories involve a woman in danger, but she does not wait for someone to rescue her. Instead she saves her own skin. She has also written some short stories and edited an anthology, one that she also contributed to. Most of her work is children’s fantasy novels.

ROBIN MCKINLEY AWARDS

In her writing career, McKinley has taken home quite a few awards. McKinley has won the Newbery Honor for “The Blue Sword” and a Newbery Medal for “The Hero and the Crown”. She has also won the World Fantasy Award for Anthology or Collection while editing “Imaginary Lands” and Phoenix Award Honor Book for her book “Beauty”. Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for the novel “Sunshine” from the Adult Literature category.

BEST ROBIN MCKINLEY BOOKS

For those looking to get into Robin McKinley’s work, this next section will help with that. It will look at the novels: “The Blue Sword”, “Pegasus”, and “Beauty”.

The Blue Sword: This is the first novel in the “Pegasus” series that was released in the year 2010. The story is told in the third person and focuses on Angharad Crewe or Harry. Harry is an orphan who goes to live in Damr, a desert country that is shared by both the magical and secretive Hillfolk and the Homelanders. Everything, for Harry, is quiet and nice. That is until she is taken by Corlath, King of the Hillfolk, who takes her into the desert. She knows nothing of why she was taken or how to speak to the Hillfolk. Corlath knows why she was chosen of course. She is to be trained so that she is a match for any of his men. Is there enough courage in her to accept her true fate?

Pegasus: This is the first novel in the “Damar” series that was released in the year 1982. On Princess Sylviianel’s twelfth birthday, she is bound to her Pegasus named Ebon in a ceremony. For a century now, both the humans and pegasi have lived together in peace, and they rely on pegasi shamans and human magicians to communicate with each other. Sylvi and Ebon are close friends who can talk to each other, but as they grow even closer together, is this bond able to destroy the peace between nations?

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast:” This is a stand alone novel that was released in the year 1978. Beauty does not like her nickname, never has. She is both awkward and thin. It is not her, but her two sisters that have all of the beauty. She knows that she has far more courage, however. Her father comes back and tells her about the enchanted castle in the forest and the deal that he made with the beast that lives there. She must go to the castle as a prisoner, one of her own free will. Her father does protest, but Beauty goes anyway.

When Does The Next Robin McKinley book come out?

Robin McKinley doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Shadows and was released on September, 1st 2013.

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  1. I’ve always had an interest in fairytales, and I find it fascinating when authors try to rewrite or recreate them. Robin McKinley does an exceptional job of it, although her writing style can be a turn off to some. Either way, I suggest her works as I found them highly entertaining. Plus, a lot of them are short so they’re easy to spend an afternoon with!

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