Books The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley Paperback, 227 pages, Ace Books, List Price: $4.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Hero and the CrownAuthorRobin McKinley Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword Gonturan, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North. Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy Fiction Also by Robin McKinley The Blue Sword Sunshine Deerskin Facebook Twitter Email NPR stories about The Hero and the Crown Summer Books 2012 Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels August 7, 2012 More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.