Blue Sword by Robin MckinleyBlue Sword by Robin Mckinley

Blue Sword

byRobin Mckinley

Mass Market Paperback | March 15, 1987

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Harry Crewe is an orphan girl who comes to live in Damar, the desert country shared by the Homelanders and the secretive, magical Hillfolk. Her life is quiet and ordinary-until the night she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk King, who takes her deep into the desert. She does not know the Hillfolk language; she does not know why she has been chosen. But Corlath does. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men. Does she have the courage to accept her true fate?
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; ...
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Title:Blue SwordFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.9 × 4.3 × 0.7 inPublished:March 15, 1987Publisher:Berkley Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0441068804

ISBN - 13:9780441068807

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic fantasy for teens and adults One of my favourite books of all time. I'll never stop loving this. Classic fantasy with a strong female lead, horses, magic, and just a bit of romance.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites I first read this book in high school and continue to re-read it over the years.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good The book itself was slow at first and even though I didn't like it at first I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing! I first read this book when i was in high school; 7 years later i happened to find it at Chapters and decided to order it. It's still a beautiful, original, exciting story. Harry Crewe is kidnapped by the Damarian King which leads to a series of life-changing events fo her. The story is a wonderful love story but is full of excitement and adventure. I couldn't stop reading this and finished it in 2-3 days. If you love any kind of story, pick this book up.
Date published: 2010-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I immediatly fell in love with the landscape and the characters of this book. Even thought it's catergorized under Young Adult/Children books, anyone can enjoy this fantasy book. I will certainly enjoy this book once again in the near future. After getting kidnapped by Corlath, the Damarian King, Harry learns many things about herself, her family and her past. She eventually adjusts to the life Corlath forces her to live and plays an important role in one of the land's biggest battles against the enemies from the north.
Date published: 2008-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intresting I never lost my intrest in this book. Great characters and intresting landscape. It keeps you hooked till the end.
Date published: 2008-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Fantasy with a Great Heroine Shortly after arriving in the land of Damar, Angharad "Harry," finds herself abducted by Corlath, king of the Hillfolk. Thus begins her gradual introduction to Hillfolk culture and her transformation into Harimad-sol. There is adventure and romance in this book, and a fascinating land that you want to preserve just as much as the Hillfolk do. The book is a tad slow in the very beginning, but it is definitely worth continuing. The book gets better and better as you read on, and you'll come to care about the characters and the Hillfolks' struggle to save their land and preserve their identity.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Robin Mckinley is definitely one of the best authors of fantasy and fairytale. The Blue Sword, and Hero and the Crown are top notch reads, and plunge you into the world they take place in. The characters stay with you and I always feel like they are right in the room with me, or I even become them by extension. I am always a bit sad at the end of her books, because I don't want to leave their worlds behind, and wish that I could abandon my own for theirs. I can't praise Ms. Mckinley enough. Any reader who enjoys this genre must read her other books as well. I haven't read a single one that was not terrific.
Date published: 2007-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I lOVE this book! I've read the Blue Sword at least five times and have loved it every time. Robin McKinley creates a believable yet magical world that I would love to inhabit. Especially being able to ride horses like that and. . . the world just seems so real and wonderful. Go and read all of her other books too. They open your eyes to new viewpoints on age-old stories. All in all, McKinley is an unforgettable writer and read everything that you can of hers.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Blue Sword I am 13, this book is thrilling, maybe a little obvious but as soon as i started reading it i fell in love. This book never has a dull moment...
Date published: 2005-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Blue Sword An Incredible Book! I recommend this book to any Fantasy fan who enjoys an exciting, imaginative story. Robin McKinley is a great author, I also suggest reading some of her other fantasy books such as The Light Princess.
Date published: 2001-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Favourite I first read this story in my early teens - I most recently reread it a month ago, and find it as powerful now as I did then. The Blue Sword is the story of Harry Crewe, a young woman newly come to the desert country of Damar. However, very soon she finds she has a strange bond to this new country, to its king, and to the Blue sword of the title. The country of Damar is one of Ms. McKinley's strongest settings; a stark country with distinct customs and even more distinct magic. The characters are strong throughout, from tomboy Harry right down to hunting-cat who follows her. The pacing rarely becomes slow, and the story is powerful, part adventure, part romance, wholly enjoyable. This book is not as mature as some of Ms. McKinley's more recent works, however, this is not to its detriment. The Blue sword is, like its protagonist, a young, daring effort.
Date published: 2000-07-20

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Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers.