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The Hero and the Crown (Damar, Bk 2) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
The Hero and the Crown - Damar, Bk 2 - Audio Cassette - Unabridged
Author: Robin McKinley, Roslyn Alexander (Narrator)
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.  This is the prequel to the Newbery Medal Book,  "The Blue Sword". 8 sound cassettes (10.75 hrs.)
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ISBN-13: 9781556905902
ISBN-10: 1556905904
Publication Date: 1992
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Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.
Book Type: Audio Cassette
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Hero and the Crown (Damar, Bk 2) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
The companion novel to The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown was/is one of my favorite fantasy novels as a teenager because it featured a girl as the protaganist and her "coming-of-age"-type saga as she teaches herself the skills she needs to become the heroine of her land. All of Robin McKinley books are awesome, but this one holds a special place in my heart.
reviewed The Hero and the Crown (Damar, Bk 2) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I first read this book and The Blue Sword when I was a preteen and I still absolutely adore both and have them as keepers and often go back and read them when I just want to relax with an old friend.

I truly love Aerin, her stubbornness and the way she does what she knows is right and forget the consequences. Aerin and her faithful horse Talat are underdogs you can't help but cheer for.

This duology is one of the reasons I'm such an avid reader today.
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Absolutely love Robin McKinley-very desciptive-you feel like you are there. Characters are enjoyable to watch grow. Wonderful to have a strong heroine!!
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Aerin has never felt complete at home among her fellow dark-colored Damarians. Fair-skinned and redheaded, Aerin prefers riding with her father's discharged war horse Talat instead of attending balls. People whisper about her being a "witchwoman's daughter," a reference to how her mother, a poor Northerner, supposedly enchanted Aerin's father the king and had a child with him, then died when she found out her child was a girl. Despite that, Aerin has no magical abilities, unlike all other members of the royal family, another reason why she thinks she does not belong.

One day, Aerin discovers an old recipe for an ointment that could keep the wearer safe from dragonfire. This starts her off on an incredible, legendary journey, where she fights one of the greatest dragons of all time and an evil sorcerer. Could it be that she really isn't as awkward and unmagical as she thinks she is?

Robin McKinley has written a splendid book, with breathtaking action sequences and touchingly romantic moments. Every kind of reader will find something he or she likes in this book that is every bit as legendary as its heroine.
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reviewed The Hero and the Crown (Damar, Bk 2) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on + 297 more book reviews
There were so many things to love about this book. First off, our young hero-in-the-making doesnt suddenly come into magnificent powers. No, she has to work for it, and overcome several obstacles such as poisoning, the hatred and distrust of her fathers people for her dead mother and her people. Over time, she bonds with the lamed war horse, Talet, and he becomes such an integral part of the story with his own personality. Equine lovers will especially enjoy Talet being treated as a full character in this novel.

With time and training, Aerin becomes an accomplished horse woman, sword master, dragon slayer, and herbalist. Yet, this is not enough. Her quest to save her fathers kingdom takes her far, and she looses much. Shes not invulnerable and when she is hurt, she is truly hurt, requiring mending and time before she can go out adventuring again. This tale was not about one single quest, but rather about several challenges a young lady faces as she comes of age.

The narrator, Roslyn Alexander, was an excellent voice for this story. She had the perfect auntie story-telling voice. I could almost see her with knitting needles in a comfy chair by the fire spinning me a yarn.

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