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From childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother - a "witchwoman" who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind a newborn daughter and an heirless land. Left to her own devices, Aerin grew up wild, doing her best to live up to her reputation as the disappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, and leave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldn't refuse.
Although she is the daughter of Damar's king, Aerin has never been accepted as full royalty. People whisper the story of her mother, the witchwoman, who allegedly cast a spell on the king so he would marry her - and then died of despair when their first child was a girl. But no one knows Aerin's destiny. From dragon-killer to defender of Damar, she will become a true hero, and wield the power of the Blue Sword, Gonturan.
With the aid of the wizard Luthe and the Blue Sword, Aerin wins the birthright due to her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North. A Newbery Medal winner. Reissue. 30,000 first printing.
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
About the Author
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
, Beauty and Rose Daughter
; and a retelling of the Robin Hood
legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood
. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.