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Paperback edition. Strong spine with small repair and rubbing. Bright clean cover has light creasing near spine and edge wear. Book store stamp inside front cover. Text is perfect. Same day shipping first class from AZ.

Paperback edition. Strong spine with small repair and rubbing. Bright clean cover has light creasing near spine and edge wear. Book store stamp inside front cover. Text is perfect. Same day shipping first class from AZ.

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  • By YSC on October 27, 2016

    This book (although it is the most boring book I’ve ever read) gets a 2 1/2 star rating because although it is nowhere near interesting or appropriate for an 8th grade girl like me, the plot line and characters seemed quite promising.I’ll start with the positive. I’ve been interested in superheroes, sci-fi and fantasy for a long time. All these characters seemed to come from “humble beginnings,” which usually involve, for example, being orphaned or growing up in the ghettos. They don’t seem to have a hard past involving any of their own human mistakes; all their problems were out of their control. They had friends, were loved, and had motivation and support. I wanted to see the heroes have problems other than their confidence or self-esteem. I wanted to see the universal feelings, mistakes and emotions. I couldn’t find any story like that. However, when I read the Hero and the Crown, I finally found a story where there’s a heroine that’s not perfect; a relatable heroine that does do some regrettable things, does act up sometimes, makes countless mistakes and matures through most of her life on her own. This is what makes a relatable heroine, and that was why I even bothered to endure through the book. The plot line itself was also kind of interesting; there were twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting, such as Arlbeth’s death and the revelation of what really happened to Aerin’s mother.Now, to the negative. There’s no other way to put it; this book was the most boring book I’ve ever read. It can never compare to the more popular fantasy books such as the Percy Jackson series or Lord of the Rings. The author’s writing style was closer to that of the Founding Fathers than for something that should be in a “young adult” novel. Even then, I believe Thomas Jefferson could have done better to make this story understandable. In some parts, the author was so longwinded that I had to force myself to just finish a chapter for homework. For example, towards the beginning of the book, the author spent three pages talking about Aerin breaking plates. Of course, many readers such as myself would love to see a few humorous pages about Aerin’s mishaps as a young girl, but three pages on plates? Even the most longwinded of authors couldn’t spend three pages on plates. I believe the author was really trying very hard to write a few fillers to lead up to the action sequences. However, filler pages are the stuff of Wattpad, or fanfiction.net, not real, serious novels. Contrary to the author’s longwindedness, Aerin seems to have time-traveling superpowers in other places, in which she ages a few years without warning. In one instance, the author talks about Aerin creating the kenet ointment, and then suddenly, “her eighteenth birthday had come and gone.” These abrupt transitions take away from the plot line and are just plain confusing. On another note, this book involves the author trying too hard to have a good romantic subplot, leading to extremely mature themes. Sure, many stories involve the main character choosing between two love interests, but seriously? One is her cousin that’s a head shorter than her, and the other is an immortal magic-man whom she sleeps with multiple times! For the first time, I can say that Twilight had a better love story, and that’s something I never thought I’d ever say.As you can see, the negatives outweighed the positives. I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially not anyone my age. I don’t understand why this book was on the county list of books that teachers could choose from, and I sincerely hope that next year, students do not have to suffer through The Hero and the Crown.

  • By Hannah on May 19, 2011

    I love fantasy, particularly with dragons and horses, so this book had a special appeal to me, especially because it is so well written. Thus, I am very disappointed to have to give it only two stars. There are no good role models in the story and there is little stated difference between right and wrong. Minor characters are flirtatious, vain, and petty and the main characters scorn them for it and are proud. Aerin disobeys her father, the king, on several occasions. Though not graphic in sexual content, there is a lot of kissing and hugs, as well as premarital sex.

  • By alienorhuman on August 31, 2013

    ... and I still do, but I've been reading reviews by readers who absolutely hated it, and I'd like to address them.But first of all, this IS a story with an orphaned princess, a nice prince, some wizards, a couple of magical artifacts, dragons... - except it reads nothing like such books. The princess is tall, clumsy, red-haired with too big feet and she proves a disappointment (in her mind at least) to her family and her country. She decides to fight dragons, which is not a glamorous task, since dragons in her land are small and considered as oversized vicious rodents - nothing heroic.She poisons herself, burns herself, does her best, goes into the wilderness alone, expects to die, climbs unending stairs, doesn't know what the hell she's doing...And yes, indeed, very little is explained. As a young reader I found this frustrating - but just about as much as I did the 'real world'. Who is Aerin? Where did her mother come from? What are her powers? What happened before her birth? What does any of it mean?? Aerin herself asks those questions over and over, mostly gets no answers, is also frustrated (it's her life after all!) but she trundles on nonetheless and makes something of herself, something actually quite heroic after all, even though we get the nitty gritty and not the shining banners.So okay, even though I wished for more background information, more rules, more knowledge of the odds, or even the mythology, I took it in stride - as I did life. For writers who provide all that, see the great John Ronald Rueul Tolkien!There is something I very much liked in the book and that quite a few American commentators took exception to; Aerin is in love with 2 men, who are extremely different, and who hold widely different places in her heart, and times in her now almost immortal life Yes, she does have sex 'before marriage', whatever that means in such a different context. I found that prudery amusing. Aerin is a free agent, and her body and life are hers to do as she wishes. I remember liking this even as an 11-year old, I was glad the author trusted us with such complexity and not the usual saccharine fairy tale ending. I enjoyed Aerin's freedom, her capacity to live and love, and the knowledge that someone out there knew that life was never as simple as 'They lived happily ever after'. I certainly hadn't known anyone who did!Only much later did I realize how strongly feminist this book was, and how much of a role model Aerin had become to me...


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