The Hero and the Crown Author:Robin McKinley "Refreshing... haunting... an utterly engrossing fantasy." -- The New York Times — Winner of the Newbery Medal — Aerin could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it. — It was the story of her mother, the witchwoman who enspelled the king into marrying her, to get an heir that would rule Damar; and it was t... more »old that she turned her face to the wall and died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a son.
Aerin was that daughter.
But there was more of the story yet to be told; Aerin's destiny was greater than even she had dreamed -- for she was to be the true hero who would wield the power of the Blue Sword...
"A work of considerable imaginative power." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
"McKinley knows her geography of fantasy, the nuances of language, the atmosphere of magic..." -- The Washington Post« less
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.