Books by Robin McKinley

SHADOWS by Robin McKinley
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"McKinley's writing is an acquired taste. While this is not the book to start with, for those who have already fallen under her spell, it's bound to appeal. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Insanely detailed, sometimes confusing, ultimately rewarding; in other words, classic McKinley. Read full book review >
PEGASUS by Robin McKinley
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Magnificent and magical. (Fantasy. YA)"
Classic McKinley, from the original concept (pegasi!) to the lush, dense prose and the careful unfolding of a nuanced tale. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"McKinley's fans can only hope that she will return to this world in a future novel. (Fantasy. YA)"
Five tales of fiery beasts shimmer in an uneven fantasy collection by the noted husband-and-wife team. Read full book review >
CHALICE by Robin McKinley
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"This tale will go down with fans like a spoonful of honey while attracting new readers to McKinley's previous works. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
This may not be Innisfree, but Yeats would recognize the "bee-loud glade" within its pages. Read full book review >
DRAGONHAVEN by Robin McKinley
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Quietly magnificent. (Fantasy. YA)"
A sharply incisive, wildly intelligent dragon fantasy involving profound layers of science and society, love and loss and nature and nurture. Read full book review >
SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"An intriguing mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter-ish characterization. Mostly for teenagers who don't trip over words like 'eschatology,' and maybe some older fantasy devotees as well."
Mild-mannered vampire fantasy from Britisher McKinley, author of whimsical, rather talky rewrites of classic fairytales for young adults. Read full book review >
WATER by Robin McKinley
Released: June 1, 2001

"Readers who can stick with it will find themselves rewarded with watery riches, and will look forward hopefully to Earth, Air, and Fire. (Short stories. YA)"
Veteran fantasists bring six new short stories to readers in a collection that explores aspects of water both benign and malignant. Read full book review >
ROSE DAUGHTER by Robin McKinley
Released: Sept. 16, 1997

"While the story is full of silvery images and quotable lines, it will strike some as overlong and overblown; for others, perhaps those who were bewitched by Donna Jo Napoli's Zel (1996), it is surely the perfect book. (Fiction. 12+)"
This luxuriant retelling of the story of the Beauty and the Beast is very different from McKinley's own Beauty (1978). Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1994

"Still, for the contemplative, a quality performance. (Fiction. 12+)"
Four stories (three previously published in Ace anthologies in the early '80s), set (like The Blue Sword, etc.) in mythical Damar, plus a contemporary fifth; the four are romances, the fifth concerns a girl adapting to a new place. Read full book review >
DEERSKIN by Robin McKinley
Released: June 1, 1993

"McKinley will have to do much better than this to capture an adult audience."
A first foray into adult fantasy for the author of such well- received children's books as The Outlaws of Sherwood (1988), etc. In an unnamed, standard fantasy kingdom, an unnamed queen dies after bequeathing to her unnamed king a portrait capturing her surpassing beauty. Read full book review >
ROWAN by Robin McKinley
by Robin McKinley, illustrated by Donna Ruff
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"The realistic events are unexceptional, but McKinley recounts them with grace; meanwhile, in her picture book debut, Ruff nicely conveys the child's tender concern and the dog's gradually renewed liveliness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pleasant book describing how the young narrator looks for an appropriate breed ("Irish wolfhounds were big and gentle. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 1992

"An attractive vignette. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A popular novelist (The Hero and the Crown, 1985 Newbery Award) makes her picture-book debut with a perceptive glimpse of an experience that has the autobiographical feel of Yolen's All the Secrets of the World (1991). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1988

"Enriched with entrancing details of life in the forest, graced with a neat pair of satisfying love stories, and culminating in a couple of rousing battles and a dramatic close when the king dispenses justice, McKinley's Robin should be delighting readers for years to come."
In the tradition of T.H. White's reincarnation of King Arthur, a novel that brings Robin Hood and his men—and women—delightfully to life. Read full book review >
BLACK BEAUTY by Robin McKinley
Released: Oct. 6, 1986

"An attractive edition that should win new friends for an old favorite."
An abridgement (to about a third) of the classic horse story by Anna Sewell, first published in 1877. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 1986

"An intermittently rewarding collection for fantasy buffs."
Inspired by McKinley's fascination with fiction with a strong sense of place, stories by nine authors well-known for science fiction and fantasy. Read full book review >
Released: April 6, 1981

"However, girls reluctantly outgrowing the romantic fairy tales now packaged for a younger audience will find these crystal-clear and melodic renditions."
McKinley, who made a young novel out of "Beauty and the Beast" (Beauty, 1978), now offers a quartet of fairy tales—two of them original and two retellings. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1978

"And her choice of a tale for such treatment couldn't be more fortunate; it's a natural for girls who have outgrown fairy tales but not the sort of romance that this one embodies."
McKinley's novel-length retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" incorporates no shift in viewpoint, no special perspective (Freudian or whatever), no witty embroidery or extra dimension of any sort. Read full book review >