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The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown - Robin McKinley The Hero and the Crown tells the story of Aerin, the king's daughter, who feels that she doesn't fit into the Damarian society, as she looks different and doesn't display the Gift of the royal family. She is also a scientist, intent on making a special elixir that will enable a person to withstand fire so that she can fight fire-breathing dragons. She finally finds her place as the Dragon-Slayer, but ends up facing a much bigger dragon, that almost kills her. It was an endearing coming of age story in which the main character struggles with not fitting in and then is able to accept herself.I didn't realize it was a prequel to The Blue Sword, and might eventually read that as well. [FORMAT READ: eBook]