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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin McKinley Narrator: Roslyn Alexander Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Damar Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781470356408
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From childhood, Aerin-sol has been haunted by the story of her mother—a “witchwoman” who bewitched the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind a newborn daughter and an heirless land. Uncertain of the past, Aerin decides to forge her own future by challenging the lashing tongues of the dragon’s fire. Aerin’s proficiency as “the Dragon-slayer” sets her on a quest for the stolen Crown of Damar, believed to be in the hands of rebellious northerners who threaten to destroy the Damarian people and their home forever. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 2/10/2014

    " I think I enjoyed this "prequel" to "The Blue Sword" even more than the first. McKinley has a nice touch with fantasy writing. She is becoming one of my favorite authors as I work my way through her oeuvre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Foggygirl | 2/4/2014

    " One of the best books ever written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emzap | 1/25/2014

    " This is my favorite book of all time. The action, the romance, everything was amazing and fantastically written. I've read and reread it countless times and it never, ever gets old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/22/2014

    " This book was pretty fabulous. It had all the elements that go into making a truly great book: amazing (yet not too terribly intricate) plot, passionate yet real characters, along with a heroine who is terribly human and forced to overcome not only the epic heroic type obstacles, but ordinary obstacles as well, and just enough action and adventure to keep things interesting without going completely overboard. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It deserves every award and accolade that it received. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 1/16/2014

    " this book is hard for me to rate. At times, while reading it, i thought i'd give it a 4 but in the end, I am giving it a 3. While the author's writing style is poetic and often beautiful, it's also somewhat "cryptic" in a way because she explains little but infers a lot. The reader has to learn a lot through context and piecing bits together throughout the book. However, after reading it, i realized it is #2 in the series and that could have been my problem. Maybe it all flows better when read in order but i had no idea it was a sequel. Also, I can't imagine how this is a child's book given the maturity of the writing style. I did like the story and the plot but felt like it dragged a lot. Overall, i liked it but it never became a "i can't put this down" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eloise | 1/16/2014

    " I've now read Robin McKinley. Hooray for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghirschi | 1/14/2014

    " awesome book! well written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 12/17/2013

    " One of the books that got me into Robin McKinley who I discovered in graduate school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/11/2013

    " Know what I said about "The Blue Sword". Yeah. Aerin rocks. I always wanted red hair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brita Johnson | 11/26/2013

    " One of my all-time favorites - I read it in 7th grade English class, and have re-read it many times since then. Well-written, wry, compelling characters, fantasy/fiction with strong female protagonist. Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Queeey | 11/12/2013

    " Recently re-read. I read this book periodically because I love it. My sister and I fought over who got the family copy. Its been taped together a few times. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 9/26/2013

    " Robin McKinley isn't one of my favorite authors but she still writes books that are entertaining to me, but books that would never be my favorites. The hero and the crown was a pretty good book, but I doubt that I will ever read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne Hoffmann | 8/28/2013

    " I don't typically love fantasy--but I loved this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ry | 8/15/2013

    " The beginning was good, but the end of this book was really weird. It seems like the whole writing style changed along with the plot. A lot of big major events happen in the course of ten pages, which is absolutely ridiculous unless you happen to be an amazing author, which Robin McKinley is not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/13/2013

    " This book is coupled with The Blue Sword. I like the main characters in the book. The story has its own myths & history but it is fairly easy to pick up the backstory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 6/20/2013

    " I enjoyed the story, Aerin's character in particular, but I had trouble following some of the plot. The magic didn't make much sense to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca R.G. | 6/13/2013

    " This book means a lot to me. Today it hit especially hard because of my odd mood. Aerin goes through a lot in the story, and it's handled very well. It really is as epic as readers of The Blue Sword will want it to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xanthe Stahn | 6/6/2013

    " masterful story telling. The beginning of an epic story told with wonderful pacing great and memorable characters and just the right amount of magic. Wonderful, now I need to read the blue sword "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/27/2013

    " I love this book!! I've read it about 4 times, and it never gets old! It is empowering without being too political, and its setting is just so beautiful and perfectly constructed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 3/18/2013

    " Its been a long time, so I need to re-read this. But I remember it being a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 3/12/2013

    " A wonderful story and beautifully written. Strange ending, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mdi | 2/23/2013

    " A really good prequel to The Hero and the Crown. I was routing for Aerin the entire time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollybrimholly | 1/27/2013

    " I got a little confused from time to time - maybe I would've rated it higher if I just read more carefully. I enjoyed the parts of it quite a bit, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Munema | 1/16/2013

    " Excellent book. The plot is very predictable, but McKinley handles it skilfully. Perhaps one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tulika Bhalla | 1/16/2013

    " Magic, fantasy, royal family, the ugly duckling, romance...it's all there!!! "

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About the Author
Author Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine, the New York Times bestseller Spindle’s End, two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, English writer Peter Dickinson.