The Hero and the Crown
published in 1987
The Booknixie especially loves this book.
For over a decade, Robin McKinley's richly woven saga has gripped the imagination of readers and caused critics to hail her as a master of fantasy. It is the story of Aerin, haunted since childhood by the legend of her mother-a "witchwoman" who enspelled the king and then died of disappointment after giving birth to a daughter, rather than the heroic son the kingdom needed. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny. For though she was a woman, Aerin was destined to be the true hero who would one day wield the power of the Blue Sword....
The Booknixie's Review
April 30, 2013
The Booknixie read this book at least eight times before she turned twenty. Aerin, the misfit heroine, resonates in the same way as Katniss Everdeen, and young Nixie loved her (and wanted to *be* her) with a fierce fiery passion. The imaginary world she inhabits is interesting and well-drawn, and she has a great relationship with her horse.