February 12, 2016

FOF Book Club: Damar Series


So, I am still waving in the wind trying to figure out a way to handle my blogging and student teaching. It is almost half way over and I honestly can’t wait! But, one of the few books I was able to finish reading was for the FOF reading club. Each month we are asked to read one specific author and the following month to talk about what we thought on the books that we read. For January, the author was Robin McKinley! The two books that we were asked to read were one of her more famous books that I was so happy to reread!


511gixRwc-L._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_The Hero and the Crown happens to be one of my all-time favorite books. It rates up there with the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce. Hero and the Crown follows Aerin – the only child to the king and his second wife, who many believe was a witch who ensnared the king for nefarious reasons. In the beginning, Aerin defines her worth, or lack thereof, based off of what the people around her see her having. Instead of folding under the pressure of those who would see her broken, Aerin soon proves that she is worthy of everything (and more) that she has. It would be detrimental to the plot to go through more than this but I can tell you that it is such a wonderful story and that you should at least give it a try. If you love strong females (that might not start out that way), fierce and AWESOME battles, and a love that doesn’t get in the way of the woman’s fierceness this is the book for you!
I cannot give McKinley any more praise for not only her story but the way that the words paint such a picture that I can imagine myself in the story right along with Aerin.





8941560Which leads me to The Blue Sword, the companion, but published first, book The Blue Sword. To be completely honest I did not find this book as entertaining as I did The Hero and the Crown. I felt that The Blue Sword was more formalistic than the Hero and the Crown. While the surprises in The Hero in the Crown surprised me, the ones in the Blue Sword I could see a mile away. The story follows Harry Crewe who after the death of her father has to move away from her home, at her brother’s insistence, to live in an eastern outpost of the Homelander empire – which if you read The Hero and the Crown used to be part of Damar many years ago. Both protagonists crave something more than what they have and find that they are at odds with the society they live in. Harry wants more than to be a woman bound by the whims of men. She is forced into an adventure that challenges everything that she knows.



Every time we share about our book club reads, we’ll be answering these three questions below! We’d love for you to join us and share your answers in the comments or in your own post. Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments or in the monthly link-ups.

1. Who is your favorite character?

As much as I love both Aerin and Henry, there is no competition in my eyes. Aerin – hands down is my favorite character out of the two books. Aerin has so many moments were she has to fight not only those around her and their perceptions of who and what she is capable that it breaks my heart. But, on the other hand she slays those opinions with not only grace but in a strong and capable way. Go her!

2. Which is your favorite book?

Again, this award goes to The Hero and the Crown. I love swords, sorcery, and strong women. While The Blue Crown also has some of these things I feel that the way McKinley brought together in such a vivid way just makes me love this book so much!

3. Would you read more books by this author?

Yes, actually I have read a lot of McKinley’s books in the past due to my love of these two books. It has been YEARS, but I am sure that I am going to add some of these to my reread pile.


  1. Oh my goodness; I haven’t read these in so long, but loved them! I’ve liked others of her work, but these two are far and away the best. I’m glad they held up to re-reading for you.

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