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The Hero and the Crown
The Hero and the Crown
Author: Robin McKinley
Although she is the daughter of Damar's king, Aerin has never been accepted as full royalty. Both in and out of the royal court, people whisper the story of her mother, the witchwoman, who was said to have enspelled the king into marrying her to get an heir to rule Damar-then died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a s...  more
PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780441328093
ISBN-10: 0441328091
Publication Date: 4/15/1987
Pages: 240
Reading Level: Young Adult
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4.4 stars, based on 164 ratings
Publisher: Ace
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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.
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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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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Good book. I believe it is the background history for The Blue Sword (could be centuries?). It was good, but I liked The Blue Sword better. I got a bit confused at times about what was really happening, but some of that could be that I get just a little bit of time to read each night before I crash! I would recommend this book if you enjoy McKinley's books.
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If you love science fiction this book will not disappoint you.
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Fine book, great characters, good story. Magic, teen girl finding her heritage, standard stuff for McKinley in a way. Satisfying, and not dull. Mild sex scene in there, only a sentence or two. Enjoyable.

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Aerin (Primary Character)
Tor (Major Character)
Luthe (Major Character)
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