Note: This post is the first that has a new section, Recommended Age Range! I’ve been mentioning an age range in the Overall Review section so far, but I’ve decided to give it its own place. This is my recommended age range based on the content of the book. It is in no way meant to be anything conclusive; it is merely my opinion. I will be updating all my previous posts with this new section.
The Hero and the Crown is the prequel to The Blue Sword (my review of which can be found here). It is written by Robin McKinley and was published in 1984 by Greenwillow Books. McKinley’s website can be found here.
“Aerin is the only child of the king of Damar, and should be his rightful heir. But she is also the daughter of a witch-woman 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.”