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The Blue Sword (Newbery Honor Roll) (original 1982; edition 2000)

by Robin McKinley

Series: Damar (1)

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Title:The Blue Sword (Newbery Honor Roll)
Authors:Robin McKinley
Info:Puffin (2000), Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Your library, 2006 or earlier, 2008, 2011
Tags:genre: speculative fiction, format: y/a fiction (teen), format: y/a fiction (preteen), box: fantasy

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The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (1982)

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    Graceling by Kristin Cashore (foggidawn, Aerrin99)
    Aerrin99: For stories that feature interesting and strong woman matched with equally interesting and strong men, with a dash of danger, adventure, and magic tossed in, try either of these books!
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    Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (lquilter)
    lquilter: Readers of The Blue Sword by McKinley should also enjoy Tamora Pierce's various Tortall adventures, among which, "Alanna: The First Adventure" (the first volume of the "Lioness Quartet"), is the first and best-known, but all of them are worthwhile.
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    The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce (Jenson_AKA_DL)
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    Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith (shoujo85)
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    The Books of Great Alta: 'Sister Light, Sister Dark' and 'White Jenna' by Jane Yolen (lquilter)
    lquilter: Both McKinley's "The Blue Sword" and Yolen's "Sister Light, Sister Dark" / "White Jenna" feature young adult women, who have warrior attributes.
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    Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan (flemmily)
    flemmily: Warprize is simpler than The Blue Sword, and the world is not quite as interesting as the unique and compelling Damar. But both books tell the story of a girl carried away by a barbarian culture.
  7. 10
    Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce (one-horse.library)
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    Jaran by Kate Elliot (PhoenixFalls)
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    Sunshine by Robin McKinley (lavender81)
    lavender81: A young adult meets a vampire ... a magical tale!
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    The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones (LiddyGally)

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I'm rereading this for the ?th time as counterpoint to Game of Thrones. I love pretty much everything RMcK has written but have a soft spot for Blue Sword and Hero and the Crown...a little romance, a little fantasy, a little magic, a little adventure, a little you-go-girl. She crafts her stories so well and writes so smoothly, and has an effortless way of revealing her worlds to her readers. ( )
  MelissaZD | Jan 1, 2014 |
I'm rereading this for the ?th time as counterpoint to Game of Thrones. I love pretty much everything RMcK has written but have a soft spot for Blue Sword and Hero and the Crown...a little romance, a little fantasy, a little magic, a little adventure, a little you-go-girl. She crafts her stories so well and writes so smoothly, and has an effortless way of revealing her worlds to her readers. ( )
  MelissaZD | Jan 1, 2014 |
After moving to a remote corner of the Homelander empire after her father dies, Angharad, known as Harry, is surprised to find that she, an outlander, loves the harsh desert. However, when she is taken by the mysterious Hill king, she finds that her destiny lies in the Hills and that the fate of her adopted country lies with her. McKinley’s epic fantasy is set in a richly imagined world, with both detail and suspense. Neither the romance between Harry and the Hill king nor the war again the demon Northerners lose anything by being less explicit than many current dystopian novels, making The Blue Sword appropriate for strong readers in younger grades and for teen readers looking for adventure without graphic sex or blood. Social commentary on colonialism runs throughout the book, but does not disturb the narrative. Readers will be pleased to find that there is a prequel in the form of The Hero and the Crown. As one of the early fantasy heroines, Harry has survived the test of time, even if the tone of her story seems to have gentled over the years. ( )
  kahansen | Nov 30, 2013 |
  BRCSBooks | Oct 2, 2013 |
I love this book, the sequel to Hero and the Crown. It's not as good as the first one though. Not to say it isn't still goo. It's very different from the first, almost a whole new world. Not a bad thing, just weird. But it is cool to see how this world has changed and the lasting impact that the people in the first book have had on it. ( )
  HeartbreakDX | Aug 14, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robin McKinleyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Craig, DanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reinert, KirkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorn, LoriCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warren, DianeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Danny and Peachey, who first lead me to Damar
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She scowled at her glass of orange juice.
[Harry] had always suffered from a vague restlessness, a longing for adventure that she told herself severely was the result of reading too many novels when she was a small child.
The man's eyes were yellow as gold, the hot liquid gold in a smelter's furnace. Harry found it suddenly difficult to breathe, and understood the expression on Dedham's face; she almost staggered. Her hand tightened on the bridle, and the pony dropped its head and mouthed the bit uncomfortably. The heat was incredible. It was as though a thousand desert suns beat down on her. Magic? she thought from inside the thunder. Is this what magic is? I come from a cold country, where the witches live in cool green forests. What am I doing here? (p. 32)
"You have already begun to see the hardness of the choices that you will soon be forced to make; and the choosing will not be any easier for your not knowing why you must choose. Take strength from your own purpose, for you will know what you must do, if you let yourself; trust your horse and the cat that follows you, for there are none better than they, and they love you.. And trust the Lady Aerin, who visits you for your reassurance, whether you believe it at present or not; and trust your friendships. Friends you will have need of, for in you two worlds meet. There is no one on both sides with you, so you must learn to take your own counsel; and not to fear what is strange, if you know it also to be true. It is not an enviable position, being a bridge, especially a bridge with visions." [Luthe speaks, p. 164]
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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 chosen. But Corlath does. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men. Does she have the courage to accept her true fate?

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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.

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