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The Hero and the Crown (original 1984; edition 1987)
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (1984)
Best Young Adult (24)
Female Protagonist (39)
Best Fantasy Novels (311)
Female Author (282)
Carole's List (306)
Princess Tales (5)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441328091, Mass Market Paperback)
For over a decade, Robin McKinley's richly woven saga has gripped the imagination of readers and caused critics to hail her as a master of fantasy. It is the story of Aerin, haunted since childhood by the legend of her mother-a "witchwoman" who enspelled the king and then died of disappointment after giving birth to a daughter, rather than the heroic son the kingdom needed. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny. For though she was a woman, Aerin was destined to be the true hero who would one day wield the power of the Blue Sword....
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:23 -0400)
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.
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