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The Blue Sword
The Blue Sword
Author: Robin McKinley
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sunshine and The Outlaws of Sherwood-now in trade paperback. This is the story of Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl who became Harimad-sol, King's Rider, and heir to the Blue Sword, Gonturan, that no woman had wielded since the Lady Aerin herself bore it into battle.
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ISBN-13: 9780441012008
ISBN-10: 0441012000
Publication Date: 12/4/2007
Pages: 320
Edition: Reprint
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 58 ratings
Publisher: Ace Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 3
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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
A great book when you want something a little out of the ordinary!
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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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Well, they dont really write high fantasy as they used to, now do they? There has to be a reason that Robin McKinleys THE BLUE SWORD, first published in the 1980s, is still being widely read and adored, and that is because it is arguably the absolute best in its genre, an unmatched blend of strong characters, political intrigue, and quite simply the best damn fantasy world ever imagined and written.

Its a little strange for me to read THE BLUE SWORD for the first time, nearly ten years after I picked up The Hero and the Crown and read it to pieces for about four years straight, it having been my favorite book in middle school. THE BLUE SWORD was written before The Hero and the Crown. I can hardly wrap my mind around that! The depiction of the Damarian landscape is incredible: ranging from endless red deserts to the hidden valleys and villages within the mountains. Robin McKinleys language is not quite lyrical, per se, but there is a certain hypnotic rhythm that her descriptions possess. That, combined with the scope of the worldbuildingthe politics, myths, fashions, traditions, everyday dutiesis entrancing. McKinley inspires awe in readers.

Harry, of course, serves for many as the blueprint of the admirable fantasy heroine. True, at times it feels like the mysterious magic of Damar is carrying her along, instead of her leading it. But her magnanimity, her determination to succeed even as she does not completely understand whats happening to her, is inarguably admirable. Corlaths appeal, I think, comes less from his specific characteristics, and more from his inexplicable status as the archetypal complement to Harrys heroine role. However little or much we perceive of Harry and Corlaths personalities, beliefs, or desires, however, they are a pair for whom we feel absolute sympathy.

I have little more to say because I feel like this is one of those instances where the more I try to examine what made this book move me so, the less impressed I will be by it. So Ill just say that the scope of what it accomplishes is unparalleled, and if you read it at the right stage of lifesay, on the brink of adolescence, just when youre searching for a role modelthen THE BLUE SWORD will undoubtedly become your bible of sorts.

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Harry Crewe (Primary Character)
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