Title: The Hero and the Crown
By: McKinley, Robin
Call #: Science Fiction McKin.R
The first book in McKinley’s Damar series. Despite the dragon on the cover, this story subverts as many fantasy tropes as it upholds…the heroine’s chief weapon is hard work, not magic. Her horse is white because it is old and lame, and no one in her kingdom particularly appreciates her heroics. It’s a beautiful story of perseverance and love in the face of overwhelming odds, and the writing is wonderful.