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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; 1 edition (Jan. 2 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441013058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441013050
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

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Robin McKinley's books aren't exactly what I would recommend to anyone who is a big battle fanatic. They do have their battles (the final battle between Aerin and the man in the red room and the battle between the Damarians and the Northerners) but it doesn't take over the whole book. There is just enough of a battle to make the book filling, not overwhelming. You can truly see the battle for what it is and the just cause it is being fought for. But in my opinion, they are all the better because of the lack of long, drawn-out, extremely detailed, horribly gory battles!
There isn't constant action from scene to scene, you get to know the characters instead, possibly even better than they know themselves. This book is also about discovering the true nature of Aerin and finding ourselves in the process. We find out about their history, there is a great insight into why they are who they are. And I love the horse aspect, I LOVE horses! I own several and have applied the method of riding that Aerin and Harry use to my own horses. The leg thing really does work. Both Damar books are for horse lovers and those who want to know the misfit characters for the genuine, real and wonderful characters that they are. We see wrongs being made right, people coming together in friendship and love and we are able to see a lot of GOODNESS in the process.
Anyone who has been ostracized, left out from the crowd, never felt like they quite fit in, these books are for them. It shows what a strong character people like that can have and how, in many ways, they are stronger than those who have not had the same hardships. After all, it was the misfits with the strongest "kelar" and the ones who defeated the gravest of enemies! This referring to both this book and The Blue Sword also by Robin McKinley.
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Should be considered mandatory reading for every girl from ages 9-15 (no, make that 4-100). I've read this book every year for the past, oh, ten or so years. Robyn McKinley's characters are incredibly complex for a young adult story (and quite honestly, I didn't realize it was considered young adult until i had to replace my battered and much beloved copy a couple of years ago and couldn't find her in the regular fantasy section). Ok, so it does have a woman with a sword on the cover. For those who aren't immediately interested in the fantasy genre, it's probably off-putting.
But for those who can read fantasy, they'll find a young woman who has had to learn self reliance, practically from the first chapter. She actually does face the dragon no one else can. And the story doesn't end with her cataclysmic fight. The perfect prince doesn't exist, rather there are two very real men that both love the main character. McKinley doesn't waste time on creating the fairy tale ending - or rather, she complicates every traditional fantasy assumption.
1. The writing. There are writers who have great content, but use words unimaginatively; there are writers who have a delicate and subtle grasp on language, but have boring or atrocious stories; and there are those, rare and few, who can do both. Create human characters and beautiful prose. McKinley is one of them. She is a true prose writer - some of her writing verges on poetry. Every line is constructed with a particular cadence and measure. That, itself, is worth the reading. Most authors can't keep up that kind of style.
2. The story. There's everything right with a story that starts out conventionally wrong. Some critics say this book doesn't get going until the middle.
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The Hero and the Crown and THe Blue Sword are two of my favorite books. I would have to say that I prefer the Blue Sword but I read the Hero and the Crown first and I think both are great.
I read the H&C last year and I seem to understand it better now. It starts out in the present, then flashes back, and then gets you caught up. I had trouble with this book the first time I read it but I read it in one day. Some might think that these two books are slow but I liked them just fine.
Most of the book takes place in Damar which is the part I enjoyed. This book is about adventure, love, feeling outcast, and you can't forget the animals. McKinley gives the animals many characteristics while still allowing the animal feel.
Aerin feels outcast because of part of her heritage and feels weighed down by her responsibilty in her father's kingdom. I loved her character up until she falls in love with Luthe. I know many will disagree with me but it just irritates me. I like Luthe but I wish he would just teach her and continue being a mage. I loved Tor from the beginning of the book and I am glad that she went back to him.
Another thing that irritates me is the whole mage thing and how she isn't quite mortal anymore. But now I see that I am making the book sound bad and I must insist that this is one of the BEST BOOKS EVER!
In this book Aerin battles dragons, deals with an annoying cousin (Galana), and is just all around one of my favorite heorines. Please read this! (Even if Luthe irritates you)
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