The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley A New Fairy TaleFrom childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother-awitchwoman who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leavingbehind a newborn daughter and an heirless land. Left to her own devices,Aerin grew up wild, doing her best to live up to her reputation as thedisappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know thelong-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, andleave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldnt refuse.Features:* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping PricesWinner of the Newbery Award, this story is basically a new fairy tale. It hasall classic elements: a princess, a dragon, a kingdom on the verge ofdestruction, and an evil which will destroy the world. Why is it new?Because the hero is the princess, and shes the one who fights the dragon,and attempts to save her kingdom.As simple as the story may sound, McKinley has written it masterfully.Aerin, the main character, is a strong woman, trying to find her place in theworld. She follows her dreams, regardless of what others think of her; butat the same time she learns that sometimes the cost of following yourdreams is high.I can understand why some people might think this books style of writing isslow. The book is divided into two parts. Part one begins in the storyspresent, with Aerin as a young woman, but then easily shifts into herchildhood, explaining and chronicalling how and why Aerin becameDragon-slayer. Part two is where most of the action takes place - sheconfronts the last of the Great Dragons, faces the most powerful evil mageever known, and returns home where her kingdom is facing destruction
One of my favorite aspects of this book is that even though Aerin suffersfor what she does, she never wishes it away. For instance, when she facesthe Great Dragon, she comes out of the fight barely alive; half of her bodybadly burned, scorched throat and lungs, broken ankle, etc. She facesdeath and a long recovery time, but as soon as she was well enough, shedid not sit around feeling sorry for herself, but instead got back to work.This book is not set in an unrealistic world, where everyone is happy andthinngs go exactly according to plan. Instead, McKinley infuses the storywith realism. There are characters you dont like, even though you canunderstand their motivations. And there are situations that are true to life -more real than the movies. For example, when Aerin breaks out in a rashwhile preparing to face the evil mage, she thinks, This is typical. On myway to ... unspeakable doom, and I break out in a rash.I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves fairy tales, oradventure stories, or even coming-of-age stories. The plot is intriguing, themain characters likable, and the writing quite good. Although labeled as aYoung Adult fiction book, I think it is also very good for adults.-- Quote taken from pg. 181Awarded Newbery Medal in 1985 For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!