The Hero and the CrownBook - 1985
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
Robin McKinley's mesmerizing history of Damar is the stuff that legends are made of. The Hero and the Crown is a dazzling "prequel" to The Blue Sword.
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.
With the aid of the wizard Luthe and the Blue Sword, Aerin wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North
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Aerin is the daughter of the king of Damar, King Arlbeth. But even though she is the king's daughter, Aerin was never fully accepted. Most of the common folk, and many others, believe her mother was a witchwoman, who cast a spell on the king to marry him, and have a child, who would rule Damar after Arlbeth. They beleive she died from her grief of bearing a girl not a boy, as a girl could not rule. Aerin always questioned herself, even though those closest to her tried to make her believe that her mother was very frail, and could not live through childbirth. But Aerin just went on questioning.
In this story, Aerin finds meaning.
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