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The Hero and the Crown
The Hero and the Crown
Author: Robin McKinley
Winner of the Newbery Medal — Aerin could not remember a time when she had nto known the story; she had grown up knowing it. It was the story of her monther, the witchwoman who enspelled the king into marrying her, to get an heir that would rule Damar; and it was told taht she turned her face to the wall and died of despair when she found she ha...  more »
ISBN: 11771
Pages: 227
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Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Hero and the Crown 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.
Shaylinn avatar reviewed The Hero and the Crown 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.
horselover419 avatar reviewed The Hero and the Crown on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Absolutely love Robin McKinley-very desciptive-you feel like you are there. Characters are enjoyable to watch grow. Wonderful to have a strong heroine!!
skywriter319 avatar reviewed The Hero and the Crown on + 784 more book reviews
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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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ophelia99 avatar reviewed The Hero and the Crown on + 2527 more book reviews
I read the Hero and the Crown back in the early 90s for the first time...the book was first released in the 80s. Actually, I read this book many many times when I was in elementary and middle school (about 20 years ago). Open Road Media is releasing this as an ebook, so I was excited to get a copy for review. I was also interesting to see what I thought about the book reading it as an adult. I shouldnt have worried, it was still an excellent fantasy novel.

Aerin is the daughter of the King of Damar and one of the only nobility not to have the Gift. She is desperate to prove herself and finds solace in learning to hunt dragons. Then she is forced to face the greatest dragon ever. However, the dragons arent the only problem there is a deeper evil at work in the Kingdom of that only Aerin can face.

This is an excellent fantasy novel. I still really enjoyed it a lot. Although I will admit I have read this book so many times it is hard to review it, I just have so much past linked with it.

Aerin is an excellent heroine. She is caring, tough, and struggling to find her place in the world. I love her determination and her strength. When I read books like Graceling by Kristin Cashore and The Glass Throne by Sarah Maas I always think about Aerin. In some ways I think Aerin is the YA fantasy heroine that a lot of characters that come after are modeled from.

The two male leads in the book, Tor and Luthe, are amazing. Tor is Aerins childhood friend and the one who teaches her swordwork and riding. Luthe is an amazingly mysterious mage that helps Aerin in a time of great need. And its not a love triangle! There is so much more to the story. Although I will admit I had a crush on Luthe in my preteen years and I still kind of do.

So much happens in this fairly short book. Dragons are fought, battles take eons, heroes are pulled through time, and kingdoms rise and fall. When I first read this book I was relatively new to the genre (and to reading in general) and I was worried that rereading it now would ruin it for me. It didnt, this is just a really well done fantasy book. A huge story is told in such a small space, it is amazingly creative and amazingly well done.

Overall this is an excellent fantasy with adventure, a brave heroine, and some romance. So much happens in this small book. I love the characters, the fast-paced adventure, and the battles with dragons. This is classic YA fantasy at its best. Highly recommended to fans of YA fantasy everywhere, I feel like this is where the YA fantasy genre started.
PrintsS avatar reviewed The Hero and the Crown on + 20 more book reviews
Great fantasy read! wonderful characters!
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A wonderrul book for the adventerous mind
Hairsprayartist avatar reviewed The Hero and the Crown on + 38 more book reviews
Wonderful book. I've kept a copy for my children and my hope someday g'babies! You'll love it!
reviewed The Hero and the Crown on + 30 more book reviews
Dragons, high fantasy, good character development and very well written.
angele avatar reviewed The Hero and the Crown on + 15 more book reviews
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.
reviewed The Hero and the Crown on + 157 more book reviews
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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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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