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The Blue Sword
The Blue Sword
Author: Robin McKinley
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 ...  more
ISBN-13: 9781439515716
ISBN-10: 1439515719
Publication Date: 8/11/2008
Edition: Reissue
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.

4.7 stars, based on 10 ratings
Book Type: Library Binding
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 8
I first read this book and The Hero and the Crown when I was a preteen and I still absolutely adore both and have them as keepers and often go back and read them when I just want to relax with an old friend.

Harry is a great character who you want to smack upside the head or hug tight depending on the moment. I personally think that you should read Hero before this one but I know the author wrote them the other way around.
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Helpful Score: 4
I remember I really enjoyed reading this book a few years ago, as a freshman in highschool. It was a little slow at first, but later on I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to a young adult or teen who likes their books full of adventure and topped with a little romance.
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Helpful Score: 3
A TERRIFIC read for young adults/teens as well as adults. This story intertwines with The Hero and the Crown by the same author (one of my ALL TIME favorite books) and is also deserving of accolades. Robin McKinley is a superb writer who has a knack for drawing you into the story and making you never want to leave. There's fantasy and magic, royalty and duty, mystical folk, daring escapades, amazing horses, true love, and excitement - all waiting to be had!!
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a book were I read the whole thing waiting for something to happen and when I finished it, I wondered what had happened. It was a good thought and several aspects were enjoyable, but I think that McKinley didn't know which direction to go and decided to not chose a direction at all.
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Helpful Score: 2
A great book when you want something a little out of the ordinary!
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This book is amazing! I love the glimpses the audience gets of an unfamiliar culture. However, what I most enjoy about this book is the main character. Harry is strong yet emotional, and naive yet clever. Simply put, Harry Crewe is one of the very few female protagonists in the Fantasy genre that I adore, let alone find compelling. I would recommend this book to Fantasy lovers as well as Young Adult readers.

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Harry Crewe (Primary Character)
Corlath (Major Character)
Jack Dedham (Major Character)