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The Blue Sword (Newbery Honor Roll) [Paperback]

Robin McKinley
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird (Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014130975X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141309750
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,434 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the blue sword 4 Sep 2001
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK 6 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Sword 9 Mar 2005
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
Format:School & Library Binding|Verified Purchase
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites 10 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't remember how many years it is since I first read this, but I've reread it over and over through the years. My only complaint is that it could be much longer as it is such a rich read that I've always wanted to have more of the land and characters.I enjoy it for the beautiful descriptions as much as the plot, and whenever I finish it I always feel a little bereft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 23 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Read 18 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give it 5 stars... 29 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I was really looking forward to this, but I guess I just didn't see whatever everyone else saw in this book. For one thing, I'm not horse-crazy. The slow pace was a real drawback. The author often writes sentences that are, because she adds long, often uneccessary clauses in the middle, like I'm doing here to show you, difficult to understand. See what I mean? The whole book is written like that. However, the battle scenes are very good, the characters are interesting and the end is satisfying. I loved the giant hunting cats! The world is also very convincing. It did seem a little strange that everything was so easy for Harry, but you could say it was fate and Aerin was guiding her. Some people have compared this to "Arrows of the Queen." Well, I didn't like AOTQ and I assure you that this is much better, so if you liked that, you will probably like this. But you should probably read this anyway: If so many other people enjoyed it this much, you might be one of them. Zohariel, age 15
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual teen fantasy story
This book contains one of those rare things in fantasy - a sympathetic, believable, female protagonist. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R.M.F.Brown (Author)
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Glad I found this Book
The Blue Sword. I First read this book when I was 14 and really enjoyed it. I am absolutely thrilled to have found it on your web site ten years later and shall be purchasing a... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Sword
While an excellent book, "The Blue Sword" does not meet the same standards as "The Hero and the Crown". Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2005 by humanitysdarkerside
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Sword
While an excellent book, "The Blue Sword" does not meet the same standards as "The Hero and the Crown". Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2005 by humanitysdarkerside
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY SPECIAL
DUDE I AM ONLY 11 BUT I HAVE BEEN READING THE BLUE SWORD SINCE I WAS 7. THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. Read more
Published on 26 May 2004 by evlhippo7_28_92
3.0 out of 5 stars Vague and far-fetched
This is a typical case of good against evil fantasy story, set in a land called Daria -which reminds me of India- colonized by a country called Homeland -which inevitably makes me... Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2004 by ex nihilo
5.0 out of 5 stars I read it so much it fell apart!
I love this book, I can't remember the 1st time I read it, but I was hooked. I love the descriptions, the characters, the land. Read more
Published on 8 July 2000
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