30 Day Fanart Challenge
Day 1: Aerin - The Hero and the Crown
Her father eyed her, and then looked at the ragged gashes in her tunic. “Was it easy, then, killing dragons when they could not burn you?”
She spread her dirty fingers on her knees and started at them. “No,” she said quietly. “I did not think beyond the fire. It was not easy.”
Forget the drawing, I more or less could just nerd out about this book for years.
I found Robin McKinley at a very good time - I was 11, it was halfway through sixth grade and I had a full new library at my leisure at the middle school. From the first time I read it, The Hero and the Crown was my favorite book.
The plotline sounds cliche: a fierce redheaded princess, not fully accepted by her people, discovers an ointment that prevents burning; she goes off on her own to fight dragons in order to prove herself. But almost no one is better than Robin McKinley at worldbuilding, and it’s impossible to read it and not get engrossed in Damar and in Aerin herself.
I maybe should have drawn Luthe because he is my real favorite character - an immortal man who falls in love with the mortal Aerin, and helps her defeat the real villain of the story, who isn’t a dragon - but Aerin is so visually striking that I couldn’t help myself. Plus it’s been too long since I’ve drawn a girl!
So I fully recommend this book (it won a Newbery too!), and don’t run away because it’s “Young Adult” lit.