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The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

This is a wonderful fantasy novel and Newbery Honor Book that I wish I had found when I was a kid. The story is about a young girl named Harry who is kidnapped by the mysterious desert Hill-folk. She eventually learns that she possesses magic powers (which she never quite learns to control) and has a destiny to fulfill. The grand sweeping deserts of the novel are beautifully described and the Hill-folk traditions are intricate and lovingly crafted. Harry is a headstrong sword-wiedling heroine who one can’t help but relate to and root for. The story is exciting and interesting, though at times there was a little too much description and I often found my attention wandering. Even so, I will definitely check out more of McKinley’s books after this masterpiece

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