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The daughter of Damar's king, Aerin, has never been accepted as royalty because of people who say her mother was a witch who bewitched the king, then died in despair when she did not bear a son. But with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, Aerin wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king. A 1985 Newbery Medal Winner.
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.