The Blue Sword
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... show more
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? "McKinley's spare and eloquent prose is sheer delight... a compelling portrait of the vibrant, wryly humorous Harry." -School Library Journal, starred review"This is a zesty, romantic heroic...." -Booklist, starred review Awards:( A 1983 Newbery Honor Book( An ALA Notable Book( An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Publish date: October 1st 2000
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
Series: Damar (#1)
This book is one of my favorite tales. The heroine is a woman named Harry Crewe, an orphan, that comes to live near her brother in the desert country of Damar. Her life is quiet and ordinary until she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hill King, who takes her deep into the desert to the land of his peopl...
3.5 stars. It is somewhat slow, there is a Chosen One and it's a bit predictable, a classic fantasy tale. Still the story flows beautifully and I liked it very much. The narration is in third person with occasional first person touches, and it adds a lot to the allure of the places described. The fe...
The Blue Sword is the tale of Harry, a young woman who's just moved to the edge of the desert after losing her parents. She's come to Damar, a desert land shared by the Homelanders, which are Harry's people, and the Hillfolk. Her life isn't bad - those she's been taken in by are kind, her life is ...
Spoiler Rating: Low Most Honorable of Lizzys, The challenge with these Drop What You're Doing You Must Read This Book letters is explaining what's great about the book without spoiling anything. Plot points and characters' secrets are obviously best left unmentioned--but I'm the type of reader w...
Having finally read The Hero and the Crown, it felt like it was time for a re-read of the Damar book I had actually read. The Blue Sword is set many centuries after Aerin the Dragon Slayer saved her kingdom from magical threat. Damarians now seem to be chiefly desert dwelling nomads and expert horse...