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The Hero and the Crown

McKinley, Robin (Book - 1984 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: McKinley, Robin
Title: The hero and the crown
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c1984
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 246 p. ;,24 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Robin McKinley
Summary: 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.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Medal, 1985
ISBN: 9780688025939
0688025935
Branch Call Number: j MCKINLEY
Subject Headings: Fantasy Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Fantasy
LCCN: 84004074
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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.

The prequel to The Blue Sword, usually read second.

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.


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Oct 21, 2013
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Robin McKinley is fantastic. I loved the character of Aerin and her writing style is also really amazing. I did like The Blue Sword more than this one, though, but I liked having a prequel to it as well. I wish she had written more books in the Chronicles of Damar series.

Aug 24, 2012
  • rixonkarla rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I definitely like the first half of the book better than the second half, but that said, this is one of my favorite books. I don't usually buy books, but this is one I own, because I know I'll want to re-read it many times.

Jul 23, 2012
  • adelaideblair rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I've read this book a couple of times, and while it starts out great, it always disappoints in the end. It's a prequel of sorts to "The Blue Sword" and has none of that book's great storytelling. Aerin works hard to find a place in her father's court, but after she develops her initial skills, magical accidents and coincidences save the day. She's a Mary Sue character who is progressed through the story by outside forces. This would have been a much better story if it had not tried so hard to match the world of "The Blue Sword", but it is still worth a read if you are a McKinley fan.

Jul 13, 2012
  • Yavril rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A rich bold story that gets to the core of "The Hero's" feelings.

Oct 19, 2011
  • rain_blood_tears_ink rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful, slightly challenging read. The description is a bit off, but I'll let it go. Aerin is one of my favorite characters ever, and I'm sure she'll be yours too, she's charming, realistic, and fearless. Great book!

Jun 29, 2011
  • 22950006336531 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The description of this book, first of all, isn't very accurate; first of all, Luthe isn't a wizard. Now, for the book itself ... This is my favourite of all Robin McKinley's books -- the characters are the most alive of any characters she has portrayed, and the story is riveting. I have read it SO many times that I know it by heart. Aerin now lives in my mind as one of my heroes. The word I thought summed the book up for me was: refreshing. I felt awakened and alive and refreshed once I had finished, and immediately began reading it again.

Mar 10, 2011
  • lieslok rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Anyone looking for a book with a strong, female protagonist, dragons, and a hint of romance has found the perfect book! It was one of my first books I read in the fantasy genre as a child and it still remains one of my favorite books. You will not be disappointed!

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Oct 21, 2013
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 13, 2012
  • Yavril rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 13, 2012
  • Yavril rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Aerin is the daughter of the king of Damar, King Arlbeth. But even though she is the king's daughter, Aerin was never fully accepted. Most of the common folk, and many others, believe her mother was a witchwoman, who cast a spell on the king to marry him, and have a child, who would rule Damar after Arlbeth. They beleive she died from her grief of bearing a girl not a boy, as a girl could not rule. Aerin always questioned herself, even though those closest to her tried to make her believe that her mother was very frail, and could not live through childbirth. But Aerin just went on questioning.
In this story, Aerin finds meaning.

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