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Preview — The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
The Hero and the Crown (Damar #1)
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 g...more
One year when I was in my early teens, the family was getting ready to go on the dreaded yearly camping trip. "Dreaded" because it meant a week in the outdoors, with no books. Well, almost no books: Mom's rule was that we each could take two—only two??—so we spent hours dawdli...more
Second wave feminist novel The Hero and the Crown illustrates how Aerin is the equal of any man in the patriarchal land of Damar - indeed, she is the equal of any man, anywhere.
Third wave feminist novel The Hero and the Crown celebrates Aerin's sexuality, her ability to move beyond prescribed, essentialist notions of gender ro...more
Aerin is the only daughter of the king of Damar. The problem is, she is also an offspring of a woman who was accused of being a witch and an enemy of the country. Even more, unlike all members of the royal family, Aerin possess...more
beautifully and dreamily written. I remember reading this and wanting to fight dragons. a big surprise when I re-read years later and still enjoyed it, still found the heroine a sympathetic character. good messages about not tak...more
I bought a paperback of this book when I was in elementary school through one of those school book order programs (I was ADDICTED to them), and it was the first Robin McKinley book I ever read. It is now so battered and worn that I have actually been thinking about...more
So I was gratified that the book holds up so well. Better, really, because I came away from it not only renewing my...more
As it turns out, I enjoyed The Hero and the Crown much more than The Blue Sword. The story revolves around Arlbeth's (the king of Damar) daughter, Aerin, whose mother was a woman from the North (in McKinley's world, the Nort...more
The legendary Aerin from The Blue Sword is a solitary young woman in The Hero and the Crown. She grows up in her father's castle surrounded by those who hold her and her ancestry in suspicion and must find her place among them.
McKinley has a gift for creating heroines who do great, heroic things in a completely h...more
I really enjoyed the way the author brought together this story of meaning and growth to a young girl’s life. Aerin at the beginning is a young women of 19 living in her father's castle surrounded by her cousins, some nice some not so nice. She is wracked with self-...more
There are many reasons why I love this book, not least among them being the fact that it was actually the first Robin McKinley book I ever read, back in the days when I browsed library shelves at random and begged my parents into buying books for me, before I knew much about what I was really doing, and I count myself eternally lucky to have stumbled upon this book because it is, it really is, writing as art. It is not writing for money, as some books targeted at my age gro...more
The truth is, I find that a dozen re-reads later, and with full adulthood under my belt, I *still* think that whole section is like a bad acid trip. And I think it’s supposed to be, but honestly I’m *still* not *absolutely* sure what (or perhaps more accur...more
Aerin--clumsy, shy, and bullied (but not beaten)--is an unusual princess. She has none of the magic (called kelar) that supposedly courses in great waves through the large and extended royal family -- and she's the legitimate daughter of the reigning king! After her cousin taunts her into a magical dare that debilitates her for the better part of a...more
Aerin is a princess in the city of Damar. Her father is a good, righteous king and her mother died shortly after giving birth to Aerin. The people love her father, but they believe her mother was a witch and they don't trust her daughter. As a result, Aerin becomes a bit of a loner, her only real friend is Tor, the boy who will inherit the throne. All members of the royal family should develop magical...more
And somewhat of a surprise! I had not liked Sunshine very much and thought The Blue Sword was only "okay," but now I want to re-read Blue Sword just to appreciate better th...more
it opens with Aerin the king's daughter, but not heir, musing about her mother, and where she had first heard the story about her mother being a witch-woman from the North who had enchanted her mother. Not from her cousin Galanna, despite all the other trouble she's been. . . . And then she asks her father for leave to come with him on a mission, and her father, and her father's heir and her cousin Tor, must reject...more
Good points. Rich and vivid descriptions of the land, animals, and people. A strong, imperfect female protagonist. I find flawed women more believable, and sexier than perfect ones .. think Rhapsody. Fighting for a dream, for country, and for the needs of her country against extreme odds.
Things I did not like in this book. Again, as in the sword and the crown, magic is, imho, overused to create an epic, unsatisfying conclution. Whil...more
This rating of 4 stars baffles me. It has a confusing plot, ridiculously one-dimensional characters, and a horrid writing style.
Now, I think of myself as a fair person. I'm that one person who gives things more chances than they deserve. When everyone else says something's horrible, I'm always still undecided. But this book is an exception -- I actually agree with the opinions of people I know. And when I saw how much praise it had gotten, I had t
Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she began to remember events, places, and time periods by what books...more