The Hero and the Crown
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The Hero and the Crown

by Robin McKinley
Release date: 1984
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy, young adult

Winner of the 1985 Newbery Medal. Mythopoeic Fantasy Award nominee 1985.

AERIN COULD NOT REMEMBER A TIME WHEN SHE HAD NOT KNOWN THE STORY; SHE HAD GROWN UP KNOWING IT.

It was the story of her mother, the witchwoman who enspelled the king into marrying her, to get an heir that would rule Damar; and it was told that she turned her face to the wall and died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a son.

Aerin was that daughter.

But there was more of the story yet to be told; Aerin's destiny was greater than even she had dreamed – for she was to be the true hero who would wield the power of the Blue Sword...

(updated 2017-01-16)

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