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

by Robin McKinley

Series: Damar (1)

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Member:dorothean
Title:The Blue Sword (Newbery Honor Roll)
Authors:Robin McKinley
Info:Puffin (2000), Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Your library, 2006 or earlier, 2008, 2011
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The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (1982)

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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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    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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    The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce (Jenson_AKA_DL)
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    Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith (shoujo85)
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    Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce (TomWaitsTables)
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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 / Warsworn / Warlord 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.
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    Sunshine by Robin McKinley (lavender81)
    lavender81: A young adult meets a vampire ... a magical tale!
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    Jaran by Kate Elliott (PhoenixFalls)
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    The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones (LiddyGally)
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McKinley describes a world based on old british colonialism. The characters are likable and the story interesting, but even though I loved the later part of the story I still didn't really feel engaged in the main character's fate until I had read more than half the book. It was a fairly quick read, and I wouldn't mind reading more books in the series, but I'm not going to seek them out. ( )
  Paula_S | Jan 15, 2016 |
Harry's father dies and she is sent to Daria. Once in Daria she begins to love the country although she does find herself a bit bored. Then she is abducted by the local king and grows to become a strong commander and legend in her own right.

I finished this book last night and it was completely amazing. This is another book that I wasn't sure what to think about because I had heard that a lot of people weren't happy when it was awarded the Newberry and I think I understand why but I really wish people would give it a second chance. This book is very much high fantasy with a very complicated created world that does McKinley credit. If you aren't a fantasy fan, this could also be a huge turn off.





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  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Harry's father dies and she is sent to Daria. Once in Daria she begins to love the country although she does find herself a bit bored. Then she is abducted by the local king and grows to become a strong commander and legend in her own right.

I finished this book last night and it was completely amazing. This is another book that I wasn't sure what to think about because I had heard that a lot of people weren't happy when it was awarded the Newberry and I think I understand why but I really wish people would give it a second chance. This book is very much high fantasy with a very complicated created world that does McKinley credit. If you aren't a fantasy fan, this could also be a huge turn off.





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  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Harry's father dies and she is sent to Daria. Once in Daria she begins to love the country although she does find herself a bit bored. Then she is abducted by the local king and grows to become a strong commander and legend in her own right.

I finished this book last night and it was completely amazing. This is another book that I wasn't sure what to think about because I had heard that a lot of people weren't happy when it was awarded the Newberry and I think I understand why but I really wish people would give it a second chance. This book is very much high fantasy with a very complicated created world that does McKinley credit. If you aren't a fantasy fan, this could also be a huge turn off.





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  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Harry's father dies and she is sent to Daria. Once in Daria she begins to love the country although she does find herself a bit bored. Then she is abducted by the local king and grows to become a strong commander and legend in her own right.

I finished this book last night and it was completely amazing. This is another book that I wasn't sure what to think about because I had heard that a lot of people weren't happy when it was awarded the Newberry and I think I understand why but I really wish people would give it a second chance. This book is very much high fantasy with a very complicated created world that does McKinley credit. If you aren't a fantasy fan, this could also be a huge turn off.





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  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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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.
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[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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