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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Robin’s blog serial fiction.

In which we meet our heroine, who is on the brink of a major life change...
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Published 2013
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Selah Pike
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I LOVE Robin McKinley and it hurts my heart to give her less than 4 stars, BUT this story is unfinished (and given that it's been 10 months since the last installment, will likely remain so) and it took a really crazy turn not long before she quit writing. :(
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Note that the "Date I finished this book" is incorrect because it is an ongoing serial. At this point there are something like 266 full-size pages for this novel? That's at least 450 paperback pages? Something like that. Long enough to merit a review.

So far, I LOVE this story. Kes is a relatable main character, the supporting cast are entertaining and interesting and PLEASE can we go back to New Iceland for more muffins? I follow Robin McKinley's blog but have been "saving" the serial so that I
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The oddball heroine of this story is just recovering from the breakup of her 18 year marriage. Through a random twist of fate she ends up leaving the familiarity of the city she has lived in all her life for the unknown country to start her new life. Here she faces such sinister forces as whooshing pine trees, teeth gnashing crickets, and cows. But at least there are no cockroaches in the country. Right?

Luckily she is welcomed by a host of friendly, helpful, quirky characters who help her reloca
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story is currently up to part 91 and I enjoyed every paragraph. I love Robin McKinley's work, but I don't normally read much other than fantasy and science fiction, so I wasn't sure how I would like something so contemporary. I was pleasantly surprised. The story is about a divorced writer moving to a small town, but there are hints of magic and whimsy, along with a lot of nerdy references. It's hard to tell in which direction this story is going, but I'm looking forward to the next update!
Julia Blake
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The hardest part about this is having to wait a week for the next few paragraphs. I want to buy this book today, so I can see what happens next! This ranks up there as one of my favorite McKinley books so far. I love the way she takes an ordinary, realistic story, and you turn the corner and smack into fantasy. And Kes is awesome!
Zach Sparks
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm all caught up with the updates, and I have to say I'm loving it so far. The opening chapters feel so true to a person having to confront (and occasionally run from) a major life change that I was drawn in instantly wanting to know what happens next. And I still want to know, but from now on I will be one of those eagerly checking the blog for new updates.
Kat Anderberg
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 for being unfinished, otherwise a really solid four. I really enjoyed this, and I wish it had been finished/published, but it's very fun for what it is. I really liked Kes, and wish we got to know her more and spend more time with her, but she's such a great character that I'm happy we got the 146 little chapters that we did!
Coyora Dokusho
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I love Robin McKinley and I hope she doesn't kill me dead for my presumption in adding her book...ish-thing to goodreads but I LOVE. THIS. and I read it all the time so I want to add it to my currently reading. She's such an amazing writer that I gobble up everything she does and this Kes thing does not disappoint!!! So very, very, very amazing, go check it out!!!
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an ongoing serial on McKinley's blog. It is well written, and though it is not the type of story that I would usually get absorbed in, I find that I really am liking it. McKinley has written some great novels, and it is interesting to see some of her writing process in a serial novel.
Marianne Dobie
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Each new chapter is posted on Robin McKinley's blog as it is written, which means waiting... I am really enjoying it, particularly the idea of a main character who is able to write about strong heroines, yet is bewildered and extremely reluctant when that role is thrust upon her
Dr susan
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had another migraine today, and was looking for something to distract me, so I read Kes. McKinley is up to #122, so I had about 6 hours of awesome distraction. I look forward to this continuing story.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
As nothing has been added in over a year, I'm going to have to assume this is as far as we'll follow Kes.
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Born in her mother's hometown of Warren, Ohio, Robin McKinley grew up an only child with a father in the United States Navy. She moved around frequently as a child and read copiously; she credits this background with the inspiration for her stories.

Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she began to remember events, places, and time periods by what books

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