The Hero and the Crown

Yeah...I have to say that I don't think I really liked Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown.

You see, there's a first half to the book and then there is the second half. The first half? It was fine for the most part. Aerin - she was ok as a heroine. And I liked Tor well enough. And then whole court/gossip/evil relatives thing - I was digging that. There were a few times where I got a bit confused because there's a time shift thing that happens early in the book and I couldn't figure out if we were back to the present or not.

But then the second part of the book starts and it just didn't work for me. The Aerin that I read about in the first part of the book wasn't the same Aerin that I read about in the second half of the book. Hey, I get that...there was a major life-changing event for her. People change. But it just seemed like a totally new character to me and I hate that. And then Luthe confused me on many levels. And the battle with the baddie? It was so rushed in the final two pages of a chapter that I had to read it three times to get what happened. The second half just plain didn't work for me, which was a shame because I rather liked the first half the book.

I just didn't like the book. There, I said it. And I hate saying that (especially when several of you already said that you are McKinley fans.)

Edit: This was a Once Upon a Time II Challenge book. And I think I might have been less disappointed in it (although not terribly greatly) had I not just read Hale's Book of a Thousand Days right before...