The Hero and the Crown
Author: Robin McKinley
McKINLEY, Robin. The Hero and the Crown. NY: Greenwillow . 8vo, [x] 246pp. White quarter cloth stamped in gold with pale green boards. Sea green endpapers. Some staining to lower spine end, upper spine end slightly rubbed, else a clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed). Signed by the author, Newbery Medalist Robin McKinley.
First edition. 1986 Newbery Medal Winner! Though Aerin is the daughter of the Damarian King, her people mistrust her because of her mother - a northern witchwoman. It is only after she slays the giant dragon, Maur, and comes to the rescue of Damar – with the aid of the Wizard Luthe and the mystical Blue Sword – that she finally earns her peoples respect and her true birthright. A "prequel" to the Newbery Honor-winning The Blue Sword.