DRUNK REVIEW: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (Damar #1)

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Reviewed by by GGGinny

What I drank: white wine… again. What can I say. When I like something I like something. Also Ive had enough experiences with mixed drinks that I tend to ve more careful with them.

Goodreads Overview:

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…

Drunk Overview: Harry is an outlander whose father has recently passed, making her her brother’s ward. She gets sent near the desert and is kidnapped by the king of the Hillfolk, Corlath. The hillfolk have magic and Corlaths power pulls him towards Harry. There are a lot of training montages and it turns out thay Harry is meant to have the Blue Sword to fight the not-quite-human Northerners.

Drunk Thoughts: this book is sloooooooooooow.

  • This is a book where I had to keep reminding myself of the time period it was written in, both in pacing and in plot.
  • Conpared to a lot of modern novels, this book creeps along and I had to push myself to get through parts
  • Dont get me wrong, I really liked a lot of the characters, but there was a lot of information that was withheld until late in the book or never really explained that I found a bit frustrating.
  • Although. I think that if I had read this when I was a kid the pacing wouldnt have felt as slow.
  • Also, Harry took being kidnapped way too easily. She doesn’t ask many questions of her captors which seems very odd to me
  • Once you get past that. I really enjoyed a lot of this book. The training montages were fun and the world building was great.
  • I always take it the sign of a good book if I feel like I could start tk write a history book/wish I could read a history book.
  • This cery clearly has some colonialist overtones (the outlanders) but the way the book focuses on the Hillfolk, and therefore the magic left in the world, means that we arent getting what feels like the typical fantasy novel. I.e. Tolkien and his ouvre.
  • Its idd that I keep ending up with books where Im so interested in the side characters. The fortuneteller was a ton of fun, as was Jack (one of the Outlanders), and Harry’s companions were fascinating.
  • The romance was slow burn enough that I almost didnt think it made sense?
  • Harry and Corlath always seemed to have a hard time talking to each other. And frankly, they didnt seem to actually spend much time together…
  • I wish this book had had an epilogue set far ebough in the future that I haf some idea what would happen next.

What I’d Pair it With: a low abv beer. Something you can nurse. A pilsner.

Rating: 3.5 /5. I think if I had read this when I was younger (or at least not in the year of our lord 2020/2021 where an attentionspan is hard to come by) I would have had more patience with the pacing.

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