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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 ...
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Overview

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?

"McKinley's spare and eloquent prose is sheer delight... a compelling portrait of the vibrant, wryly humorous Harry." -School Library Journal, starred review

"This is a zesty, romantic heroic...." -Booklist, starred review

Awards:

( A 1983 Newbery Honor Book
( An ALA Notable Book
( An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425063187
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/1/1983
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    A re-read kind of book.

    Thought it was a great book. It had a plot and setting that gave it the inch of believability it needed to indulge the less fantastical of readers, while still redeeming its magic and originality. Kept a good pace, and had enough going on to surprise you on the next go 'round. Great characters.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    Timeless.

    I recently picked up this old favorite of mine for the first time in many years. I'm 30, an attorney, and my tolerance for poor writing has dwindled since I was a teen. I love this book. I still love it. McKinley builds a complete world, with coherent characters and an edge of mystery, without page puffing. (One note: it's not screenplay-type writing (every little visual detail described) and the magic, such as it is, is not reduced to numbing detail (author falls in love with own ideas). A lot of fantasy these days seems to fall into those categories.)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    one of my favorite books!

    I first read this book in high school and I fondly remember it as one of my first encounters with a book that changed what I percieved books capable of. I have read more books than I can begin to count, and I read them all in the hope that they will transport me as The Blue Sword did so many years ago. The characters are well developed, the landscape and history lush with detail and enchantment, and the plot is well written and tight without unintelligible tangents. I highly, highly recommend.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    ABSOLUTELY MUST READ

    The Blue Sword is one of the most epic YA novels I have ever read! The story is about Harry, a young woman from Homeland who is spirited away in the night by Corlath, king of the Hillfolk. She's whisked away to the desert but she does not feel fearful of her captures, but rather feels a sense of belonging that she's never had while in Home. Harry is found to have the same "seeing" powers as the king, a power that few of the Hill folks are gifted with, let alone an Outlander such as herself. For six weeks after her kidnapping, Harry trains with Mathin, one of the king's Riders, in preparation for Laprun, a competition to become a sword welding warrior for the Hillfolk as it is more important that ever now as war is imminent with the nonhumans who are the Northerners.

    <b> What I Liked: </b> The whole thing!! From start to finish, this book felt like an epic journey. The trouble with a lot of epic fantasies such as Lord of the Rings and the like, is that the story is very much drawn out, though I understand that authors are trying to build their fantasy "world." However, McKinley does such a wonderful job building this world without the extra frills and long drawn out descriptions that she made it an absolute JOY to read! The story was fast moving and never had any lag in action. Really wonderful book indeed!

    <b> What I Didn't Like: </b> Hmmmm...nothing really! I enjoyed every aspect of this book. Perhaps the only thing I didn't like was how small the letters were in the edition that I borrowed from the library. My eyes got tired after a while of reading such tiny script.

    I would highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to EVERYONE!! Yes, as you can see....I love this book. Thanks Robin McKinley, for writing such a wonderful novel for us to enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    WARNING!!! Adventurous read, potentially life-altering

    I reread this book about every two years and Hari's character inspires me every time. Who says girls can't rise above what's expected of them and surprise everyone around them with what they can accomplish? Robin Makinley, you challenged me to show the world my best through your work. As I accomplish each of my goals, I reread this book and celebrate Hari's joyous successes as well as my own. J Waldrep

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    A story to relive again and again

    My sister gave this book to me when I was in junior high. I read it and was immediately enchanted by it. It is an adventurous love story with a heroine any girl can admire. I have reread this book dozens of times and it is always just as good as the first time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Blue Sword

    And Harry is so awesome! She's has a great personality, and I like that guy she ends up with--I don't remember his name, though. I thought this had a really good story-line, was well-written, and what some people would call slow paced, I call CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. The author made time to develop the characters, but didn't let the story drag out, either. I loved this book so much! I read it in one day or so.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    There are some books you read and can walk away from. There are

    There are some books you read and can walk away from. There are other books like the Blue Sword that you can read over and over again. I first read this book when I was 13 and I have am now 26 and I will pick it up every  couple years and fall in love over again.I have reread this book at least 100 times in the 13yrs I have owned it. It is wrinkled and torn and I recommend it to everyone. I also recommend the other Robin McKinley books especially .... lol well all over them :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

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    I first read this book when I was about 11 and loved it. 14 year

    I first read this book when I was about 11 and loved it. 14 years later it's still one of my favorites

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    One of my Favorites!

    I first read this book almost 20 years ago, and I reread it at leas twice a year still. Harry Crewe's adventures fueled many a daydream for me and I hope that her sense of adventure and honor fill your life as they have filled mine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    one of my favorites

    I really loved this book. Action, romance, a new and mysterious land...what more could you ask for?!?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

    one of the best books ive read

    This is one of the best books i have ever read. i love the fact that there is a strong female as the main charater.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was really good. Not for you if you do like the quick-read, i-wanna-know-what-happens-NOW!-book person, because it is kind of slow, but it is still reasonably so. It was extremely Robin McKinley-ish, and that is what I love!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Masterfully written

    I read this book for the first time in the 5th grade for the Battle of the Books competition and Ive reread it many times since. Robin McKinley has a gift for storytelling, and every time I read, I can see the beautiful horses, the colorful clothing of the Hill people, and their beautiful city. I can hear the clamor of battle and can feel Narknon's purrs. Everything in this book is so... real. The imagery alone is enough to bring tears to my eyes. The story is masterfully told, and I can't wait to read another one of her books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    More than a wonderful tale, a great friend! A hero to look up to

    More than a wonderful tale, a great friend! A hero to look up to!

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    One of my all time favorites

    Recently purchased this childhood favorite that I still love to read over and over again til this day! McKinley has a way of writing a whole new world that is familiar, magical and mysterious but fully believable.

    If find you liked this book, make sure to read the prequel Hero and a Crown and give Spindle's End a try (also by Robin McKinley - a more fantastical retelling of Sleeping Beauty).

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    ABSOLUTELY MUST READ

    The Blue Sword is one of the most epic YA novels I have ever read! The story is about Harry, a young woman from Homeland who is spirited away in the night by Corlath, king of the Hillfolk. She's whisked away to the desert but she does not feel fearful of her captures, but rather feels a sense of belonging that she's never had while in Home. Harry is found to have the same "seeing" powers as the king, a power that few of the Hill folks are gifted with, let alone an Outlander such as herself. For six weeks after her kidnapping, Harry trains with Mathin, one of the king's Riders, in preparation for Laprun, a competition to become a sword welding warrior for the Hillfolk as it is more important that ever now as war is imminent with the nonhumans who are the Northerners.

    <b> What I Liked: </b> The whole thing!! From start to finish, this book felt like an epic journey. The trouble with a lot of epic fantasies such as Lord of the Rings and the like, is that the story is very much drawn out, though I understand that authors are trying to build their fantasy "world." However, McKinley does such a wonderful job building this world without the extra frills and long drawn out descriptions that she made it an absolute JOY to read! The story was fast moving and never had any lag in action. Really wonderful book indeed!

    <b> What I Didn't Like: </b> Hmmmm...nothing really! I enjoyed every aspect of this book. Perhaps the only thing I didn't like was how small the letters were in the edition that I borrowed from the library. My eyes got tired after a while of reading such tiny script.

    I would highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to EVERYONE!! Yes, as you can see....I love this book. Thanks Robin McKinley, for writing such a wonderful novel for us to enjoy!

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    AMAZING

    I first read this book when I was around 12 or 13 years old. I am now 21, and I am not ashamed to say that I still enjoy this book and many other books by Robin McKinley. She does a wonderful job of telling a story that is well written, and fun, and that is completely original, even when she is retelling a fairytale :) I recommend her books for people of all ages who are looking for a story that is completely innocent, yet still satisfying.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    A book that a person can escape into.

    Robin McKinley is an amazing author with a rather unique writing stlyle. She has the amazing ability to create a whole new world and fill it with well developed characters. This story is filled with adventure and some romance. It's a book a person can escape into. If you like this book I encourage you to read, "The hero and the crown" , another amazing book by McKinley.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Worth the time

    This book is quite good. Its a bit of a fast read ( I read slowly, but finished within a day. I did spend almost the whole day reading though, so take that information as you wish), but is well-written. I've read one of Robin McKinley's books before, "Beauty," and liked it, so when I read the hook it seemed interesting, and I was definitly glad that this book was on my summer reading list for school. I have to say at the ends of both books the... Let's say the ending relationships, seem out of place. Everything else I admire greatly. There's never a dull moment, and the lore and back story are very entertaining.

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