The Hero and the Crown

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Harper Collins, Oct 15, 1984 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages

Robin McKinley's mesmerizing history of Damar is the stuff that legends are made of. The Hero and the Crown is a dazzling "prequel" to The Blue Sword.

Aerin is the only child of the king of Damar, and should be his rightful heir. But she is also the daughter of a witchwoman of the North, who died when she was born, and the Damarians cannot trust her.

But Aerin's destiny is greater than her father's people know, for it leads her to battle with Maur, the Black Dragon, and into the wilder Damarian Hills, where she meets the wizard Luthe. It is he who at last tells her the truth about her mother, and he also gives over to her hand the Blue Sword, Gonturan. But such gifts as these bear a great price, a price Aerin only begins to realize when she faces the evil mage, Agsded, who has seized the Hero's Crown, greatest treasure and secret strength of Damar.

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User Review  - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing

First, this is not as good as the Blue Sword. The Blue Sword manages to both use and break stereotypes. This book is too much 80's wish fulfillment fantasy. I've read other books in this same genre ... Read full review

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User Review  - quondame - LibraryThing

A solid, steadily moving story of an awkward princess who becomes a dragon slaying hero, this story goes from specific to vague and has the texture of dry cake. Read in the 1980s it wouldn't seem so ... Read full review

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About the author (1984)

Robin McKinley's other books include the Newbery Award-winning The Hero and the Crown; Newbery Honor Book The Blue Sword; Sunshine; Spindle's End; Rose Daughter; Deerskin; The Outlaws of Sherwood; and the short story collections The Door in the Hedge; A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories; and, with her husband, the author Peter Dickinson, Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits. She lives in England with her husband, three whippets, and over five hundred rosebushes.

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