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The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
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Mar 04, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: young-adult, fantasy
Read from March 02 to 04, 2010

My experience with The Hero and the Crown was disappointing. I felt the story was disjointed and the plot did not flow well. I never quite got a feel for the world of Damar. It felt as though the author had a huge story to tell but was only given a limited space to tell it in and the result is choppy.

I may have been able to overlook all that but then there was Aerin, the main character. I felt she was very much a caricature of the girl warrior. But that was as far as she went. Her character had no depth. She endured tremendous physical challenges and conquered seemingly insurmountable odds. However at the end of the book her character seemed to have grown not at all. I saw her as a self consumed character at the beginning and she was only slightly less self consumed by the end.

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