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The Hero and the Crown (Damar, Bk 2)
The Hero and the Crown - Damar, Bk 2
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...  more »
PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780141309811
ISBN-10: 0141309814
Publication Date: 11/1/2000
Pages: 246
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 122 ratings
Publisher: Puffin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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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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An absolutely wonderful novel! The Hero and the Crown follows the protagonist through greater, more complicated, and more plentiful trials and tribulations than most 3-7 book series. The character building is logical and beautifully executed. It has such wonderful writing style and beautiful voice that perfectly suits the setting and scenario as to make it a definite addition to the classics. Best of all, the plot is rich and complex, weaving love, adventure, and the hero's self development seemlessly into one story. Love.

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