|The Hero and the Crown|
Aerin is more than a princess, though. If you've read The Blue Sword, you know that she is destined to be a great hero (it's in the title of the book, after all) and hero she is. I love that the book isn't called the Heroine and the Crown, by the way. That's very progressive for the 80s. I didn't love this book like I did The Blue Sword. The pacing is weird and the story line wanders for a long time. It reminds me a little of Mary Stewart's first Merlin book in that way. It's hard to tell a compelling story that starts in childhood and continues into adulthood. The book has a tendency to meander from the point because of that.
There are few surprises in store. Aerin is a hero. She gets the Blue Sword. She does something heroic related to the crown, also from the title. Still, it's well-written. I just wanted more of a comeuppance for the cousin and other doubters. I also didn't much care for the ambiguous romantic subplot. It's a solid book, but not a favorite.
Four wandering stars.
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