The Hero and the Crown (Paperback)
|Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North. *Author: McKinley, Robin *Publication Date: 1984/10/01 *Number of Pages: 246 *Binding Type: School And Library *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25|
From the Publisher:
The dazzling prequel to The Blue Sword follows the adventures of the Damarian king's daughter, Aerin, as she fights to claim both birthright and love. "Splendid high fantasy . . . superb, filled with tender moments, good characters, satisfying action and sparkling dialogue".--School Library Journal. 1984 ALA Notable Book; 1985 ALA Best Book for Young Adults; 1985 Newbery Medal Book.
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.
Aerin is the only child of the King of Damar, and as such she should be his rightful heir. However, Aerin's mother is a witch-woman of the North, and as the daughter of a witch the people of Damar do not trust Aerin to be their ruler. When Aerin meets the wizard Luther, she learns that her destiny is far greater than being the Queen of Damar. That she, the daughter of a king and a witch, is meant to retrieve the stolen Hero's crown, the prized treasure and secret strength of Damar. This is a prequel to "The Blue Sword". Winner of the 1985 Newbery Medal.