|The Riddlemaster of Hed|
(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.