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Spindle's End by Robin McKinley
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Oct 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: re-read
Read in October, 2010

Reread after reading Pegasus...this is the McKinley that's been fuzziest in my mind, one of the few I haven't reread before. I remembered it was about Sleeping Beauty, and had an odd POV, but otherwise I didn't remember much. Certainly not the ending, with the showdown against the bad fairy. This time, the theme that struck me was relationships and love--that of two girls who grow up as best friends despite their differences, the love of a mother, that of an adopted family, the animals, and the romantic m/f pairs. McKinley folds the story inside out to avoid the passive heroine (which I believe is currently a requirement), resulting in unexpected turns of the tale. I think my prior memory is because she starts the story with Rose as a baby and needs another voice until she grows up, but also the author uses a wandering POV, depending on where the action is. And this book is definitely in the same world as the Damar books, and probably the same world as Pegasus.

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