The Blue Sword

The Blue Sword

by Robin McKinley
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The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Sheltered Harry discovers a new life when she is kidnapped by a mysterious horseman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812446685
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 09/01/1986
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

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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The Blue Sword 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 229 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Kaitlyn Burke More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this for the first time in middle school. And let me tell you, I hated to read. But this turned my view on books around.  McKindley has a certain way of writing that grabs you in her world and make you fell like you're there. Everything was spot on with this book including character development, culture and environmental descriptions, and story line development.  It's just the right amount of magic, danger, and romance that an adventure book needs. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :)
SunakiaPrincess More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was about 11 and loved it. 14 years later it's still one of my favorites
Katastrofi More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. Action, romance, a new and mysterious land...what more could you ask for?!?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has that page turning thing about it that you always hear people talking a bout.Robin M. is able to write like she is there and is feeling what the people are feeling.I read this book in school and I loved it so much that I got in troble for reading when I was suposed to be waching the teacher. Robin has a great way of bringing two stories together and then intertwining them. This is the most inthrolling book ever.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Strong characters, lots of action and flows well. Won't be disappointed.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Really good. I like that her books are deeper and express character growth, even in some of the small side roles. Nicely done and has a little cameo for luthe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book growing up , and its still a great story . I was so excited that I could finally get it on my nook.
Huntress_Emma More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely one of my favorite books. It has been for several years. McKinley's world is full of intrigue, mystery, adventure, and most importantly Horses!! (But not so must that a non-horse reader won't still love it, it's just an extra touch) The romance is perfect not too much and not too little. Everything about The Blue Sword is perfect. I only wish there was a sequel!
maripoopens More than 1 year ago
More than a wonderful tale, a great friend! A hero to look up to!
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FadedPages More than 1 year ago
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).
Dymontgo More than 1 year ago
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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