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The Blue Sword [Paperback]

Robin McKinley
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Aug. 1 1985 Orbit Books
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?
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Sword deserves ten stars! Oct. 12 2005
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
This is my absoloutly favorite book in the world!! And I have read a lot of books. I read about a book a day and over the summer I usually read around 2 hundred books, I'm not joking. And this is my favorite out of them all. In the story, Harry (who's real name is Angharad) moves out to Istan, the last Homelander settlement on the border of the Homeland and Daria, after the deaths of her parents. Her brother Richard (also called Dickie) is stationed at the military outpost (the General Leonard Ernest Mundy) in Istan. She finds friends in her cheerful hosts Sir Charles and Lady Amelia and the commander of the fort Colonel Jack Dedham. Harry has always had a longing for adventure and action and she soon gets her wish. A diplomatic party from the Damarians (called Hillfolk by Homelanders) arrive in Istan and when they leave they secretly kidnap Harry. All of the sudden Harry is thrust into the adventure she longs for and she discovers some suprising things about her past. Trying to find her way in an a world so very different from her own she finds friends in the Kings Riders, an elite group of warriors serving the Hillking Corlath. Harry soons finds herself the wieldier of the legendary sword Guntarun (once belonging to the Lady Aerin from "The Hero and The Crown") and possesser of the magical gift of Kelar. As the Damarians prepare for the coming war with the Northeners Harry is faced with a difficult descision. Should she ride to war with the People of the Hills, who have accepted her for who she is and made her one of their own? Or should she risk exile from her new home to warn the Homelanders of the coming attack? With the help of the wiseman Luthe, her teacher Mathin, her friends Terim and Senay, the foltsza Narnkon and her faithful Hill-horse Tsornin, Harry fights for her life and the things she believes in. Robin McKinnley is a master storyteller and "The Blue Sword" is an amazing gripping book. You can't put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magic, Mystery, and Adventure March 28 2004
By Ryan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Blue Sword brings to life, the sense of wanting and desire. In this great tale of of insightful adventure, nothing is ever what it might seem. Harry Crewe lived a normal life in what could only be paradise. But all that changed when she found herself in the middle of nowhere with her brother Richard. After being abducted in the middle of the night by Corlath the last King of Damar, Harry must find a way to fit in her new suroundings. Harry, while training to be a Damar warrior or King's Rider, learns more about the Hillfolk's culture and discovers startling secrets about her own past. Caught between feuding armies in an age old battle that could determine the fate of whether humans or demons would rule the last habital paradise in Damar, Harry must bring together the Homelanders and the last of the free Hillfolk to stop the monsterous invasion. I felt a sense of yearning to place myself in this epic story. Even though the story started out slow, I was more than glad to finish what I was reading. Robin McKinley is a great author that describes in great detail what is going on so that you feel like a part of story. I recommend if you start to read this book that you continue on through to the end. You will not be disappointed in this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Sword March 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Imagine first being a happy young girl, content with your quiet life in her home country along with your family; your mother, father, and your brother Richard. Then imagine reaching a certain age and having your only companion, your brother, abruptly taken away to military school. Following this, you're forced to take on a much more sheltered lifestyle. Before you know it, you become and orphan and are shipped out penniless to the continent of Daria, a mysterious place which your now distant brother is stationed on. With all of this, you could assume this wouldn't be a pleasant experience, but this is the intriguing tale of the young lady Harry in the book The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley, which left me with feelings of triumph and really made me cheer on the characters.
I felt intrigued and had feelings of triumph by the way the true attitude of harry slowly progresses in showing her true strength, but she never loses her original care for others. In the first few chapters, Harry seems timid and seem dependent on others. By the end of the book, Harry is withholding the flank of the King of the Damarians against thousands of Northlander savages. She puts an end to the relentless attack when she unlocks the power of her kelar, or magic power, to cause the surrounding mountains to crumble, crushing the Northlander forces. Despite her growing separation between her original people and country, she maintains her deep connections with her friends and family. This specific developments is shown all throughout the book, but a clear moment of this is between she and her brother, who both had grown apart over the long years. While desperately trying to outlast the invaders, Richard arrives on the field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Sword Oct. 8 2003
By A Customer
The Blue Sword is about this girl named Harry; Harry's dad dies in the war. She moves out east of Darmar. In three months she came back and everything was different; her friends and people she knew looked older. When she got had got there she saw her best friends, Beth and Carrie. She asked them what been going on around Darmar, and they said it had been different. When she left, it was quiet and they didn't know where she was. She said she had to get away when her father had died; it was too painful. She had told them that she had trained for the war, and she trained hard so she would be strong like a man. So they walked around the town; when they were walking around, they heard these rumors that there was a magic sword that contained powers.
Harry had asked where this sword was located, and they said it was supposed to be located in the desert. Harry said how about we go and check it out; the rest of the rest of them said ok. The next day they started their trip. On their journey, they ran into this evil guy that also was looking to find the sword, but he wanted to use the sword for bad things. Harry and her friends tried to stop him, but his army was waiting; Harry had to use all her skills to take this guy's army and to take him out before he reached the magical sword.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
I read the Berkeley edition of this paperback back in 1983 and still have the original. Battered, dog-eared and yellow but it remains a favourite of mine to re-read. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BLUE SWORD
I Love this story I is a true classic and a wonderful adventure. Harri is my favorite character in any book she is wonderful to read about and thank you Robin for giving her life.
Published on Sept. 28 2004 by Watchgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
I simply could not put this fascinating book down. After a bit of a slow start with tons of descriptions of the stodgy, dull, orange growing colony Daria, the book really took off. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by returntosorrento
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written story with a disappointing ending...
Harry Crewe, an orphan living in a desert manor, is stolen away by a band of desert nomads to fulfill her "destiny"-to wield the legendary Blue Sword and defeat the vicious... Read more
Published on July 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Young Adult Fare
Once again, McKinley spins a nice story with a fairy tale feel, a strong but not perfect heroine, and the usual Good Conquers All ending. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Essay
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book!!
I have just started reading this book about 3 or 4 days ago, and I'm at page 40 something. But so far this book is great!! Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Vulgar Pigeon
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of the fantastical...
It is a wonderful book! I think that this book was the reason I have gone on to become both a reading and a fantasy fanatic. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hero and the Crown
If i could i would give this book 10 stars. I loved it. It had romance,action, adventure. You dont hear much of a woman being the hero.
Published on Dec 10 2003 by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Blue Sword
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley starts with Harry (one of the main characters) scowling at his glass orange juice and summarizing how and why she has come to stay with Sir Charles... Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2003
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