Love it love it love it! This was a precursor to The Blue Sword, also a very good book. What surprised me the most was how different they were. I like parts of this one better, but there are parts of the other book I wouldn’t give up either. I don’t like the beginning of The Blue Sword, I thought it was like mid-1800’s, and then the whole scene and mood changes throughout the book, which I found very confusing.
In The Hero and the Crown I hate how inevitable everything seems to be. She just had to fight the dragon by herself, she just couldn’t recover, she had to go up the staircase for centuries, she had to come back at the very last minute. Also, why did king Arlbeth have to die?
I do like how the author handled Aerin’s mortal and not-quite-mortal sides, and the fact that Aerin could live a full life and still go back to love Luthe. I was really dreading her final decision.
It would be interesting to read a story continueing this one, where we get to see how strong Aerin’s magic really is. Now that I’ve read this book I want to go back and read The Blue Sword, a lot of things will make more sense. But I still advise that you read the Blue Sword first, then The Hero and the Crown.