The Blue Sword

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Title: The Blue Sword
Author: Robin McKinley
Series: The Books of Damar
Genre: Fantasy

Thoughts: If I were a book and I had to pick another book to be my BFF, I would pick The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. I’ve read it so many times that I practically have it memorized, and just finished it for the millionth time earlier this month.

For those of you who haven’t been lucky enough to read this wonderful book yet, here is the synopsis from the back cover:

This is the story of Corlath, golden-eyed king of the Free Hillfolk, son of the sons of the Lady Aerin.

And this is the story of Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl who became Harimad-sol, King’s Rider, and heir to the Blue Sword, Gonturan, that no woman had wielded since the Lady Aerin herself bore it into battle.

And this is the song of the kelar of the Hillfolk, the magic of the blood, the weaver of destinies… THE BLUE SWORD.

*Sigh* I am filled with nothing but love for this book. I love the way McKinley writes, and talk about world building—this book has it in spades! Much of what I have learned about writing, I learned from studying McKinley’s work.

It also makes a great celebratory read—I was so close to finishing my book when I started craving The Blue Sword again, but I was literally spending every spare minute writing and I knew that I couldn’t just read a little at a time. The Blue Sword is, at least for me, a book that consumes you, heart, body and soul. If I started to read it again, I’d never finish my own novel. So I used it as incentive: finish your draft, Jess, and you can read The Blue Sword again. If that doesn’t light a fire under your butt, nothing will.

If you are looking for a lyrical read with adventure, mystery, romance, and some incredibly vivid characters and landscapes, this is the book for you!

Score: (5 / 5)

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