Book Review: The Riddlemaster of Hed

The Riddlemaster of Hed book cover
The Riddlemaster of Hed
Patricia McKillip
1978
★★★★☆

(Listened to audiobook)

The stan­dard hero for­mula is here: young boy with hum­ble back­ground, finds he has a Des­tiny, ini­tially re­jects it, goes on a quest, etc.

How­ever, McKil­lip puts her own twists on the story that make it unique. I’m not sure where the story is go­ing, which is good. The world feels real, with a real his­tory. The writ­ing is smart, oc­ca­sion­ally po­etic. I’ll be check­ing out the rest of the tril­ogy.

It’s too bad I did­n’t read this when I first heard of it in ju­nior high, back when fan­tasy ad­ven­ture was my fa­vorite genre.

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