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The Blue Sword Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 1987
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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 the Hardcover edition.
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Well, it's what happens next that will make this a book you won't soon forget...and it's nothing even close to typical.
Almost by accident, Harry catches the eye of Corlath, King of the Hillfolk, who cannot seem to forget the woman. He returns for her and carries her off across the desert. Harry finds the culture strangely second nature and herself connecting with the King as no one else appears able to. Harry is surprised when the King begins having her trained as a warrior, and downright shocked when she becomes one of the best warriors in her new country's history. As war looms on the horizon and Harry finds herself falling in love with her King, she risks his wrath and her life on a daring mission she was forbidden to undertake. And all that is only a scratch on the surface of a truly engaging fantasy novel that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
In eighth grade, I shoved this book at every friend I knew, so they'd read it, too.
Freshman year, I donated my copy to a shelter that had lost their library, because I thought it needed to be shared.
Four years later, I can still pick up this book and become absolutely, shamelessly enthralled all over again. The story seems clichéd at first, but clichés don't catch and hold your attention for as many years as I have been able to enjoy The Blue Sword.
Harry Crewe may be an orphan discovering an ability she needs to help a country in trouble, but she's a delightfully unique character (proof in her desire to be called Harry, not her given name, Angharad) that manages to avoid each and every trite, over-used, repeated female lead character personality trait. She's determined without being obnoxious and overbearing, confident without being arrogant, and even when her confidence falters, she never once becomes the wimpy, whiny princess in need of being rescued. She has human feelings, doubt, fear, and anger...and overcomes each of them with maturity and strength. She's such a real character, but at the same time, is the ideal any girl wants to be in the place of, which is part of the reason why this book is so enjoyable.
Corlath and his kingdom of Damar are fascinating, and leave you rooting for both throughout the entire book. You'll fall in love with the desert and its delightful language, and come to admire the king who's trying to unite his formerly scattered country against a threat.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite books of all time! Beautifully descriptive with a heroine that's relatable. A great read!Published 3 days ago by S. Lambert
Fantastic heroine. Great hero. Written many years ago but still a fantastic read.Published 6 days ago by Barb
I enjoyed the "Hero and the Crown" and this story takes place years afterwards with Coraith the current King of the Free Hillfolk descended from Queen Aerin and King Tor... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nancy
This is one of my favorite books - a keeper for many years and read so much the paperback was falling apart. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Marjorie Ihssen
The books were in perfect condition and enjoyed by a student book club during a fantasy literary unit.Published 15 days ago by K.M.B.
An adventure that reminds me of the writings of J. R. Tolkien. A fast paced fantasy story whose main character is a young independent woman who calls herself "Harry. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Susie
I totally love Robin McKinley's stories. This one had adventure, heroes and a little romance. I am a great fan.Published 1 month ago by Margaret J. McKee
Love this book! I have read it and also re-read it numerous times!Published 1 month ago by Donna K Mowery
I read this story a long time ago when I was in the fourth grade. I was enchanted by the desert world and rumors of prophecy and royalty. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam J