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The Hero and the Crown Paperback – January 2, 2007
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Great example of Robin McKinley's writing, that transcends age and sex, and is a worthy adventure/fantasy for everyone.
I discovered this book when I was in the sixth grade, and I have read it at least two or three times a year, ever since. I'm now 23, and the book has lost none of its power or magic in all of those readings. If anything, it's only gotten more powerful, as the subtleties of Aerin's story become more clear with time and experience.
A richly written novel with excellently rendered characters, this book is perfect for a reader of any age or gender. But I would like to point out that it may be especially good for young women -- Aerin is no passive heroine, and although she struggles to understand her place as a woman and a daughter in her father's court, she does not "buckle" to the pressures of society. Instead, she becomes simply -herself-, and her people love and respect her all the more for her voice and accomplishments. That's a message that a lot of young women these days need to hear -- I know it's one that I needed, and this is one book that has helped me become who I am, without apologies.
Finally, years later (I'm 22 now) I returned to it with a more open mind and a positive review from my wife. I thought it was one of the most captivating fantasy novels I've read. I couldn't put it down. If you've ever felt like the outcast among your peers or like you just don't fit in you'll be able to identify with the main character. If you're introverted and prefer the company of books to people (and many of the people who will bother to read this book are like this) then you will find a soul mate in Aerin. It doesn't matter if you're a guy or a girl, this book will appeal to anyone who likes a good story and knows what it's like to have to "prove" yourself in order to gain acceptance.
McKinley's non-chronological arrangement of events does make the first read a little confusing but it's worth it; once you know the general outline of the story it's a great read, so stick with it. There are dark parts of the book, certainly, but dark isn't always bad and it can be thrilling.
The Hero and the Crown isn't meant (I think) to be the Great American Novel. It's an adventure story with some heart and some brain and a heroine who discovers strength she didn't know she possessed, and it's always entertaining. Highly recommended, as is The Blue Sword. I didn't care for Deerskin and am impatiently awaiting McKinley's next book in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first picked up this book when I was in second or third grade, and even though some of the words and subtleties escaped me at the time, I was enthralled, excited, and ultimately... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Liz
One of my all time favorite books! Well written, excellent characters, and engaging story line. I have reread this book many times. Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors!Published 6 days ago by CJ
A good read consistent with Robin McKinley's work. It does take quite some time for the story to actually begin. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Haiku Green
*spoiler alert* This is a little story about how a young princess who doesn't "look" like a "normal" princess, or feel like one, feels drawn to discover the secret... Read morePublished 13 days ago by JamieGamer
One of my all-time favorite books. I've probably read this 50 times. Super strong heroine, great character growth, interesting monsters and magic. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Asia W.
I really did not like this book, I have to say. I didn't even finish it, honestly. I feel like the heroine didn't do anything, she just sort of got dragged along through her... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lily
I really like this book for the strong female character. It is a tall of overcoming great odds. I read it at least twice a year and I wish they would put The Blue Sword in digital... Read morePublished 1 month ago by iyesta