The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown

eBook - 2014
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In Robin McKinley's Newbery Medal-winning novel, an outcast princess must earn her birthright as a hero of the realm Aerin is an outcast in her own father's court, daughter of the foreign woman who, it was rumored, was a witch, and enchanted the king to marry her. She makes friends with her father's lame, retired warhorse, Talat, and discovers an old, overlooked, and dangerously imprecise recipe for dragon-fire-proof ointment in a dusty corner of her father's library. Two years, many canter circles to the left to strengthen Talat's weak leg, and many burnt twigs (and a few fingers) secretly experimenting with the ointment recipe later, Aerin is present when someone comes from an outlying village to report a marauding dragon to the king. Aerin slips off alone to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment . . . But modern dragons, while formidable opponents fully capable of killing a human being, are small and accounted vermin. There is no honor in killing dragons. The great dragons are a tale out of ancient history. That is, until the day that the king is riding out at the head of an army. A weary man on an exhausted horse staggers into the courtyard where the king's troop is assembled: "The Black Dragon has come . . . Maur, who has not been seen for generations, the last of the great dragons, great as a mountain. Maur has awakened."
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media Teen & Tween : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781497673656
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Call Number: eBook


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Apr 29, 2018

One of the best YA fantasy novels of all time. The heroine, Aerin, rejects everyone's perceptions and expectations of her, and fights to create her own place in the king's court and kingdom. Her determination and courage bring her from clumsy outcast to dragon-slayer and beyond. Magic threads through the narrative, as Aerin learns to lay claim to her true birthright.

Dec 19, 2017

The first half is significantly better than the second, though it's still a pretty great book overall. Aerin is a fantastic protagonist, but there are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many mediocre dudes wasting space in her world.

Aerin Firehair is a hero anyone could love, and it's all the better when you see her humble roots and awkward teenage years. This book probably has had a noticably large impact on YA literature.

May 27, 2015

Its a classic. But, I did not like this high fantasy story of a underdog shepherd who defeats the dragon...Thats Old fantasy. To old for me. I like very gritty thick epic political fantasies (this sub genre I like is Grimdark) Grimdark fantasy is the best (Game of Thrones) is an epic example. This was to happy for me. Nothing exciting or intense happened and I knew exactly what was going to happen...

Mar 02, 2015

This beautifully written book is near perfect and I only gave it a 4.5 stars is because I don't know what a perfect book is but The Hero and the Crown is up there.

Oct 21, 2013

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

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

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.

Yavril Jul 13, 2012

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

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!

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Oct 21, 2013

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Yavril Jul 13, 2012

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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