The Hero and the Crown
By Robin McKinley
Paperback, 246 pages
2000, Puffin Books
Aerin struggles to find her place in her father’s court. After digging through old tomes and finding what she believes is a recipe for a fireproof salve, Aerin decides to test her tincture in battle with a dragon. After her success, she begins to make a name for herself as a dragon slayer and proves valuable to the court. But when an ancient dragon wakes, Aerin finds herself in over her head. Dragon slaying leads her to a battle against and even greater evil, with the kingdom she knows and the lives of those she loves at stake.
Yo, where has this book been all my life? Oh, I know; on my shelves for at least 9 years! [x_x I waited far too long to read this book – though I suspect from the cracked spine and lipstick prints on the inside of the back cover (don’t ask, there’s no reasonable explanation) that Middle School Milliebot did read this book and Adult Millie has completely forgotten it. Regardless, it was fabulous!