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The Blue Sword Paperback – Aug 1 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (Aug. 1 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708881556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708881552
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,399,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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By A Customer on Oct. 8 2003
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on July 17 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is my very favorite book. In seventh grade, we had had to read The Hero and the Crown for a core novel. I loved that book too, so I started reading all of Robin McKinley's books. They all rock. This is my favorite of her books, and of every book I've ever read, which increases by two at least every week. Anyways, in the Blue Sword, Harry Crewe is an orphan who travels to thhe edge of her country to be with her brother. This country borders Daria, the land from the Hero and the Crown where Aerin and Tor met and fell in love. For some reason Harry feels connected to the desert land, and loves it more than anything she ever has before. When the Darian king, Corlath comes to try and get the help of her land, she meets him. While he's walking by her in his haste to leave, their eyes meet. Because Corlath has "powers", he knows that Harry in involved in his future. So he comes back and kidnaps her, bringing her to his land, where her destiny lays. I can't really tell much more about the plot, because that would give away the book. Even though I've already told a lot, this is probably the first 15 or 20 pages. There's a lot of action and romance in this book, which I think ends the book perfectly. I recommend this book to any fantasy lover. Even though The Hero and the Crown was published after this book, you have to read The Hero and the Crown first.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A book with a magical plot, The Blue Sword is great for fantasy lovers. Harry, a teen age girl moves from her native home to the desert kingdom of Daria. She longs to take an adventurous trip into the mountains of the mystical kingdom of Damar. One day the Damarian King, Corlath, kidnaps Harry on the instinct of his kelar (magical sense.) He takes her into his kingdom and trains her for the laprun-trials. Harry ends up winning the laprun trials and is made one of the King's own Riders. They head off to war with the Northerners, a long fought enemy. Harry is placed with a little band of soldiers on a gap and is expected to hold it. When they get pushed back she calls on Lady Aerin ( a dead person they call on for help) to help her. She makes the whole mountain fall on top of the enemy and destroys them. When Harry gets home she gets a surprise; she is to be married to the King!
I recomend this book for anyone who loves magic and fantasy. It has a plot and description that will keep you turning the pages.
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Just thinking about this book makes me cry. I read this incredible story once (How can I call it just a book? "Book" implies pages and words, the story needs neither.) and I read it again and again until I had memorised parts of it, and Hari/Harry was as near to my heart as my most intimate friends.
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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