Saturday, January 8, 2011
The Hero and the Crown
My sister called today wanting to know if I remembered a book we read when we were younger, specifically with a girl and a dragon. That rather broad topic could have covered a lot, but as soon as she said the author's name might have been Robin I knew she was talking about The Hero and the Crown, a Newbery Medal Award winner.
Robin McKinley is a favorite author of mine because she tells stories (I believe they are considered young adult genre) that are full of fantasy and fun, but yet have a very firm grounding on reality. The romances she portrays aren't story book romances where the perfect man and perfect woman fall madly in love and live happily ever after. Her stories don't always have easily wrapped-up happy endings. So they feel real and let me (especially as a young girl) dream of something beyond where I was at the time.
This specific book is about a girl named Aerin who is royalty, but doesn't fit in. She is loved by her father and by her friend Tor, but other hate her. She becomes a dragon slayer which is not considered proper work for a princess. She eventually saves a village from the dragon Maur but at much cost to her own well-being, and is saved by a mysterious man who is not quite mortal, named Luthe. He gives her further information about the real problem behind the evil happening in her land, and she then goes off to again save the kingdom. You'll enjoy this book at any age, but teenage girls who like a little fantasy will especially appreciate this one.