The Blue Sword Paperback – Aug 1 1985
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From the Back Cover
When Harry Crewe's father dies, she leaves her Homeland to travel east, to Istan, the last outpost of the Homelander empire, where her elder brother is stationed.
Harry is drawn to the bleak landscape of the northeast frontier, so unlike the green hills of her Homeland. The desert she stares across was once a part of the great kingdom of Damar, before the Homelanders came from over the seas. Harry wishes she might cross the sands and climb the dark mountains where no Homelander has ever set foot, where the last of the old Damarians, the Free Hillfolk, still live. She hears stories that the Free Hillfolk possess strange powers -- that they work magic -- that it is because of this that they remain free of the Homelander sway.
When the king of the Free Hillfolk comes to Istan to ask that the Homelanders and the Hillfolk set their enmity aside to fight a common foe, the Homelanders are reluctant to trust his word, and even more reluctant to believe his tales of the Northerners: that they are demonkind, not human.
Harry's destiny lies in the far mountains that she once wished to climb, and she will ride to the battle with the North in the Hill-king's army, bearing the Blue Sword, Gonturan, the chiefest treasure of the Hill-king's house and the subject of many legends of magic and mystery. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I recomend this book for anyone who loves magic and fantasy. It has a plot and description that will keep you turning the pages.
I don't know which day in grade six I picked this story off my library shelves, opened the front cover, casually read the binding and took it home, but it inspired me to pick up a writing book, sit down and write. The story that grew from my imagination was, at first, very similar to Harry's tale; a desert, mountains, Royalty, swords and horses and a magic that was woven into the land deeper than any other short of the epic of all fantasy, Tolkein. But as I learnt and grew up, it changed and I no longer needed to write or copy stories, the words fell of my pen onto the paper and the story and the words became my own story and my own characters and my own magic.
Five years later, my story is still changing. Five years later I am still reading The Blue Sword again and again, and Harry always scowls at her glass of orange juice every time I open it. If I saw that scowl, I would recognise it.
Sometimes you want to describe something incredibly beautiful in a poem or story, and you can't. However you write the words, they always look wrong for what you feel. I cannot describe this story with words I have the capabilities to write down.
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The first time I read this book, when I reached the last page, I turned to the first page and started to read it again. I have read it many times since and love it every time. Read morePublished 13 months ago by SDetaga
This was so good. I have pulled into the world so quickly I had to set timers to get myself to stop reading! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Danielle Curtis
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2005
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 morePublished on Feb. 10 2005
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
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 morePublished on July 16 2004 by returntosorrento
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 morePublished on July 2 2004
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 morePublished on April 15 2004 by Essay