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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird (Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014130975X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141309750
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
If you want to get lost in someone else's world then this book is a must. I... was immediately drwn to the world of Damar and couldnt put it down till I finished it.The emotions and descriptions were powerful and addictive. Following the main character of 'Harry' on her journey from the familiar into a strange land with stranger people was both exciting and colourful. If you love this book be sure to read 'the hero and the crown', which is written with as much attention to detail to provoke the imagination as the first. The blue sword is to be read again and again with as much vigour as the first time you open the cover. A must for any lover of other worlds.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2001
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While most bookshops categorise The Blue Sword as a story for younger readers, at the age of 19 I still love it. McKinley's stories have a lot to offer for older teenagers and young adults. This book has something to offer for those who, like me, have had a difficult childhood because they are 'different'. Though the story is a little superlative the point is that the heroine fights her way to finding herself and achieving what she wants. I first read this book years ago, while I was in school - it was and remains, a favourite in the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2005
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While an excellent book, "The Blue Sword" does not meet the same standards as "The Hero and the Crown".
A few hundred years after Aerin enters the land of legend another woman finds her life changed by Damar. Harry, an Outlander, is kidnapped by Damar's king Corlath. Why he has been compelled to this illogical act by his kelar (magic) is not apparent to Corlath. Of course, Harry soon discovers that she has unknown talents and an unexpected affinity to the land of her kidnapper.
There is certainly action and character development in this book. At the same time "The Blue Sword" seems to fit its categorization as a young adult's book better than "The Hero and the Crown". "The Blue Sword" is an enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brigit Peppe on 8 Mar. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's about a girl that anygirl could be, who after going to live with her brothers comanding officer and his wife gets kiddnapped by the king of a strange group of people who live across the desert that she has come to love. I love this book it's one of those books that leaves you feeling realy good & happy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 1999
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I really like Robin McKinley's books. She is indeed an awesomeauthor and I love her books. In the 8th Grade, my English teacher let us choose a book of R. McKinley for our book report credit. I chose the book Beauty and really liked it. This summer, I went to the library,(I Love reading) and checked out this neat book to see what it was all about. I couldn't put it down. It was so good. Robin does use a language of her own in these books, and it is fun to read them. I can totally relate to the two "worlds" getting along and the challenges of understanding cultures and languages. I recommend this book. (I think it's specifically designed for teenage girls ages, 13-15. You'll love Harry and the story.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Minnie on 18 Aug. 2006
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I purchased this book from my local second Emmaus yesterday and couldn't put it down. I have read an other book by Robin McKinley, Spindle's End. and enjoyed it just as much.

The Blue sword is about a mythical place, although you are not quite certain whether or not it does exist, as it has overtones of the raj running through it, making the area Daria feel like India.

The heroine Angharad (or Harry as she is known), travels out to Daria to be with her brother Richard after the death of her father, in the Homeland. There she is taken into the house of Richards boss, Sir Charles and his wife. Lady Amelia. Here she can see the range of mountains and she has a longing to explore.

When the local cheiftan (King Corlath) comes visiting, he finds something strange about her and kidnaps her.

She has the 'kelar' or magic which only shows itself to some of the hillfolk, and this leads her to become Harimad-sol and the laprun-minta. She, like shamen, can see into the future, and she knows that she will have to go against the wishes of Corlath to save both his people, their homeland in the mountains as well as the land where the Homelanders live.

A thrilling book, one which kept up its pace from start to finish, and I was sorry when it ended as I wanted to read on.

If you have not read any books by Robim McKinley before, this is an agreeable read, light but engrosing.
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What a surprise this story was. I had looked up a list of books with strong heroines. I was looking for something in the Fantasy genre that wasn’t all about vampires and pubescent adults. The Blue Sword was sitting amongst the usual suspects and I have to admit I had not heard of this author.
It was one of those "Hell for that price what's the worst that could happen" moments. What can I say I was blown away, a great and captivating story, some nice world building and good character generation, an interesting magic , well you can’t call it a system, but nice if not vague magic.
But written in a style akin to English people involved in the British Raj in India. But as it’s a fantasy story, set on a fantasy world, that’s a little unfair, but still if you read or have read the book it makes sense. Simple plot, well described, nicely developed into much more of a story than I had expected. I read it quickly for me as I couldn’t put it down. Only 4 stars as I just felt it lacked a final polish and several of the ideas in this book were not developed, but cast aside. I now know the author went on to write a prequel, which I am sure will fill in many of the blanks. Iin my opinion, well worth the time to read this very enjoyable escapism.
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