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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
As with many reviewers, The Hero and the Crown left a lifetime impression on me. I never enjoyed reading in school until the third grade when, having completed my work, I was sent... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dan
I love this author! If you purchase this book ... you must purchase "The Blue Sword" to go with it as the story continues in a later generation. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this fantasy story about Aerin, daughter to the current King, but held in suspicion and treated as an outcast because of who her mother was. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Nancy
Labeled as a young adult novel. I enjoyed it. The magic is a bit confusing...at least to me. Very nice.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was not as well written as I would expect an award winning book to be. I have no interest in reading anything else this author has to offer.Published 9 days ago by AK Girl
Interesting plot, and a quick read. I would recommend this for middle school and up, though I am older and enjoyed it.Published 12 days ago by Jennifer O'Keefe
Not sure if I made a mistake picking up this book on a friend's recommendation. I usually like pre-teen fantasy genre. But this one, I didn't. Why? Read morePublished 14 days ago by Venkatesh C