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The Hero and the Crown
Author: Robin McKinley
Summary:"She could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it. She supposed someone must have told her it, sometime, but she could not remember the telling. She was beyond having the blink back tears when she thought of those things the story explained, but when she was feeling smaller and shabbier than usual in the large vivid City high in the Damarian Hills she still found herself brooding about them; and brooding sometimes brought on a tight headachy feeling around her temple, a feeling like suppressed tears."
Aerin was princess of the Damarians, yet she was an outsider. All the royalty despised her. Because of the story. The story of her mother, the witchwoman who enspelled the king into marrying her, to get an heir that would rule Damar; and it was told that she turned her face to the wall and died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a son. Yet there is more to the destiny of Aerin. It is she who is destined to hold the blood stone of Maur. It is she who is destined to destroy the Black Dragon. It is she who will slay the greatest enemy of all, the evil king of the Northerners. And it is she who will save The Hero's Crown.