The Stone Fey (Damar)
I have no idea who decided to make this a picture book. It is a perfectly fine short story in McKinley's usual style; i.e. not decipherable by little kids. Even her YA novels I found more enjoyable as an adult. I can't imagine a younger child following sentences like, by its individual geography the land was a little more arable than much of what lay near it. The pages are mostly full text with only occasional "illustrations" between them, and the the illustrations were more like paintings inspi ...more
This story was beyond boring. The writing was convoluted and hard to follow. The plot was all over the place and the characters were not fleshed out well. This to me really came across as a short story that she never bothered to finish and went ahead and published anyway. Best to just pass on this one.
It's hard to have a strong opinion on this because to me there was . . . nothing . . . there? Maddy has some characterization but it's so one-sided and holey that she was hard for me to connect and empathize with. The entirety of her relationship with this fey is written so bloody vaguely if you didn't read between the lines you would think they just took a few walks, he talked about plants, and she sat next to him mostly feeling awkward. He barely gets any actual p ...more
That said the actual story is fairly blah. Somewhat typical girl meets strange elf guy, and falls in love with him, even though she's already pretty much betrothed to a guy she choose, and already has plans to start a life together with him, has their farm planned out and everything.
I really dislike books that make me feel...more
Though I do have to say, the pictures were nice. And gave me a better idea of what the stone fey looked like (because honestly I was picturing it being like a thing out of Minecraft).
Normally, I'm very drawn to stories about fey. Because for some weird reason they enthrall me. This one was just kind of so-so. I mean yes ...more
Very interesting... The story would have been fine without the pictures. At the same time, I would be lying if I said that they ruined the book--I enjoyed them. The outcome is not what one is generally lead to expect in todays fiction trend, and that was refreshing. Should have been listed as YA instead of children's at my library, but then so should so many "children's" books. For one, ...more
The artwork was beautiful, and I think it helped me to get into the mood of the book. It's really more of an illustrated short story; I read it in less than an hour.
If you are unfamiliar with this style of fantastical, otherworldly writing then the story might be hard ...more
Like I said, it's a little book. Maddy is a shepherdess and is waiting for her fiancee Donal to come back from a year of working away to save up for their home. She loses a sheep one day and it is returned to her by a stone fey, Fel, a rare magical creature that lives in the Hills be ...more
Beautifully written; yes it is not really a children's story although it can be read aloud to children. Like the best tales often ...more
Robin McKinley's writing is beautiful, as always, but there is something particularly haunting ...more
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 ...more