Book Review: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Title: The Blue Sword

Author: Robin McKinley

Series: Prequel to The Hero and the Crown

Publisher: Firebird an imprint of Penguin Putnam Inc

Release Date: 1982


Book Summary: Harry Crewe is an orphan girl who comes to live in Damar, the desert country shared by the Homelanders and the secretive, magical Free Hillfolk. When Corlath, the Hillfolk King, sees her for the first time, he is shaken – for he can tell that she is something more than she appears to be. He will soon realize what Harry has never guessed: She is to become Harimad-sol, King’s Rider, and carry the Blue Sword, Gonturan, which no woman has wielded since the legendary Lady Aerin, generations past.

Robin McKinley has come into my life at different points over the years. As a teenager I picked up her book Beauty: A retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Then a few years ago I joined a book club and together we read Hero and the Crown, the sequel to The Blue Sword. At the time I hadn’t even realized there was a book before it.  So when I came across The Blue Sword, I was truly excited to start reading it, and see what new adventure I would go on in the hills of Damar.
The Blue Sword awakened my sense of adventure, as does any good book, and had me feel as if I was right there with Harry as she set her own life path with the circumstances she was thrown into.  Now I need to find some adventurous – though preferably safer than Harry’s – quest to go on.
Although I’m not sure how my kids enjoyed it, or understood it, but a couple nights I opted out of Dr Seuss in favor of sharing a few pages of the Blue Sword with them.
Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend

Content: I believe, if memory serves me right, that there was one curse word. One in 272 pages. Otherwise this book is extremely clean.
Source: Library book sale



This is one of my favorites by Robin McKinley!  If you haven’t read it I highly recommend you try it along with the book The Hero and the Crown. ~Inspired Kathy


  1. Christine jensen says:

    I love this book! So good, as is The hero and the Crown