1985 Newbery Medal Winner
Ah what a glorious tale! Aerin is the daughter of the King of Damar, but she has a magical heritage from her mother, a witch woman. A self-reliant, brave, young woman, Aerin sets forth to find her rightful place and along the way receives the Blue Sword and a quest. This is the prequel to The Blue Sword. This book presents a fabulous female heroine and is the 1985 Newbery Medal winner.
256 pages 978-0688025939 Ages 9-13
Keywords: girls and women, power, finding yourself, fantasy, magic, witch, Newbery medal, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
The beloved classic fantasy novel, a Newbery Medal winner
Robin McKinley's mesmerizing history of Damar is the stuff that legends are made of.
Aerin is the only child of the king of Damar, and should be his rightful heir. But she is also the daughter of a witchwoman of the North, who died when she was born, and the Damarians cannot trust her.
But Aerin's destiny is greater than her father's people know, for it leads her to battle with Maur, the Black Dragon, and into the wilder Damarian Hills, where she meets the wizard Luthe. It is he who at last tells her the truth about her mother, and he also gives over to her hand the Blue Sword, Gonturan. But such gifts as these bear a great price, a price Aerin only begins to realize when she faces the evil mage, Agsded, who has seized the Hero's Crown, greatest treasure and secret strength of Damar.
The Hero and the Crown is a dazzling prequel to The Blue Sword.---from the publisher