History Creator / RobinMcKinley

13th Oct '15 4:28:24 PM EllaV
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* TaughtByExperience: Unless Luthe is in the story, most of her protagonists have to find their way by improvising madly and fumbling for anything that looks like it might work. Sometimes even when Luthe ''is'' in the story.
29th Jan '15 6:37:43 AM JoieDeCombat
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* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" .

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* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: In "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" .Princesses," the soldier disposes of the drugged wine the oldest princess gives him by surreptitiously pouring it into the thick velvet cloaks he's been given to wear.



* EvilUncle: The Regent in "The Stagman" is Ruen's.

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* EvilUncle: The Regent in "The Stagman" is Ruen's.



* SlippingAMickey: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses".

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* SlippingAMickey: One of the pieces of advice given to the soldier in "The Twelve Dancing Princesses".Princesses" is not to drink anything the princesses give him. The old woman giving this advice remarks that she's surprised none of the other men before him have thought of it on their own.
29th Jan '15 6:31:50 AM JoieDeCombat
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* MortonsFork: ''Chalice''.



* SpeaksFluentAnimal: ''Spindle's End''.

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28th Jan '15 8:05:06 AM JoieDeCombat
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* RecurringCharacter: Luthe, the immortal mage featured most prominently in ''The Hero and the Crown'', turns up in a lot of [=McKinley's=] stories whenever an enigmatic mentor figure is called for.
28th Jan '15 7:58:49 AM JoieDeCombat
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* PortentOfDoom: Invoked by the Regent in "The Stagman," who goes to considerable pains to conjure up unseasonable thunderstorms which he can claim as a bad omen over his niece's upcoming ascension to the throne. Luthe is distinctly unimpressed with his sloppiness.
28th Jan '15 7:49:22 AM JoieDeCombat
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* EvilUncle: The Regent in "The Stagman" is Ruen's.


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* RightfulKingReturns: In "The Stagman" in ''A Knot in the Grain''... very reluctantly on the part of Princess Ruen, the rightful ruler in question, who has to be pushed into it by Luthe.
28th Jan '15 7:42:09 AM JoieDeCombat
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* [[AllGirlsLikePonies All Girls Like Ponies (and/or dogs or dragons)]] - almost all of her protagonists (even the one boy) have a horse, dog, or exotic animal as a best friend.

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* [[AllGirlsLikePonies All Girls Like Ponies (and/or dogs or dragons)]] - almost all AllGirlsLikePonies: Most of her the (usually female) protagonists (even the one boy) have a horse, dog, or exotic animal an appreciation for horses, and often have one as a best friend. companion.



* [[CoolHorse Cool Horse]] - ALL of them, but pegasi especially.

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* [[CoolHorse Cool Horse]] - ALL CoolHorse: ''All'' of them, but pegasi especially.especially.
* CuteMute: Lily in "The Healer" in ''A Knot in the Grain'' can't speak. She and her teacher Jolin work out a form of communication via whistling, but it's very limited.


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* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: Courtesy of Luthe in "The Healer." [[spoiler:Sahath believes that his power as a mage is gone, but it's actually more that he cut himself off from it out of trauma and self-loathing. Luthe points out that Sahath has in fact been unconsciously using his magic to help him repair and build things for Lily and Jolin, and dryly teases him a little for assuming that someone with no training or previous experience in carpentry could be as good at it as Sahath has been without ''some'' kind of supernatural help.]]
18th Nov '14 8:42:38 PM PaulA
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She has written two novels and a number of short stories in the world of Damar. ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' was a Newbery Honor book and ''The Hero and the Crown'' won a NewberyMedal.

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She has written two novels and a number of short stories in the world of Damar. ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' was a Newbery Honor book and ''The Hero and the Crown'' ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown'' won a NewberyMedal.



* ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' (including prequels ''The Hero and the Crown'' and ''A Pool in the Desert'')

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* ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' (including prequels ''The Hero and the Crown'' and (and ''A Pool in the Desert'')


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* ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown''
18th Nov '14 8:23:46 PM PaulA
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* WizardsLiveLonger: Various works, including ''Sunshine'' and Luthe in ''The Hero and the Crown'' and ''TheBlueSword''.

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* WizardsLiveLonger: Various works, including ''Sunshine'' ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'' and Luthe in ''The Hero ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown'' and the Crown'' and ''TheBlueSword''.
''Literature/TheBlueSword''.
19th May '14 10:38:14 AM Tesseract
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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Shadows'' trades McKinley's poetic, lyrical writing style for a more teenager-y first person tone filled with GratuitousJapanese.

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Shadows'' trades McKinley's [=McKinley=]'s poetic, lyrical writing style for a more teenager-y first person tone filled with GratuitousJapanese.
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