The Hero And The Crown

Paperback | January 2, 2007

byRobin Mckinley

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From childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother - a "witchwoman" who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind 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 the disappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, and leave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldn''t refuse.

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From childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother - a "witchwoman" who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind 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 the disappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would w...

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with h...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.95 × 5.15 × 0.79 inPublished:January 2, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441013058

ISBN - 13:9780441013050

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book that could have been so much better My first section will be spoiler free and then I will indicate a spoiler section to elaborate. I loved the first 2/3 of this 300 page book. The first 200 pages were very interesting. The book is centered completely around the main girl Aerin and the author takes her time creating the characters around her and her back story. How her life progresses is very interesting and a bit mysterious as well. But the last 100 pages left me disappointed. The world that Robin spent 200 pages creating changed on me and I didn't really care for a couple things. I also felt it got really rushed. Some plot points and characters seemed to be ignored or under-developed as though an editor demanded the book stay under 300 pages. I'd give the first 2/3 of the book 5 stars and the last 1/3 2 stars. That grades out to 3.5 stars. I'm torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. SPOILER ALERT I'm going to be more detailed in my criticism and this includes spoilers. The first half set up interesting characters and interesting relationships in the royal family that all seemed to be forgotten in the second half. In the first 2/3 of the book magic is just lightly mentioned while the paranormal/fantasy stuff really comes to light in the 2nd half. I don't mind that but I didn't care for the animal army as though Aerin became a female Tarzan. Luthe was interesting but we get virtually no details of Aerin's training or her powers under his guidance. It's as though she goes into battle against her far more experienced and powerful evil uncle, one in which Luthe is afraid to face, and beats him quite easily even though he wears the crown which has power. It's as though sheer dumb luck won out. The evil uncle could have been a very cool character to spend much more time on. Instead I can't even remember his name. I would have loved more backstory on him. The battle against him should have been a climax and yet it felt rushed and under-developed. Even the final entrance back into the City and the victory felt like a quick fairy-tale wrap-up. I know that sounds harsh but compared to the early parts of the book the back section let me down.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it is amazing This is a first class book!The pages are filled with adventure and excitement! This is a must read for all those who really love fantasy. Arien will take your breath-away!
Date published: 2001-10-13