JaneEyre, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by JaneEyre)
I just returned to this book, many years after loving it as a kid and fearing perhaps it might not be as good as I remembered (as is so often the case). But it was even more wonderful than I'd remembered! A truly absorbing novel, with a strong heroine who feels real.
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titianlibrarian, August 8, 2008 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
This is old-school teen fantasy book--it won the Newbery Honor in 1982. When I was growing up, this and McKinley's Hero and the Crown were touchstones of mine. Don't we all grow up wishing that we could wield swords and ride horses through the desert? Learn foreign languages and fall in love with handsome princes, all without relying on femininity and flirtation?
Even if you're not a fantasy fan, please consider this one--it's a unique take on the archetype of a hero. Like dark chocolate with chili and cinnamon--wonderful plain, but with the addition of a few uncommon twists, it transcends to the amazing.
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Living in the desert country of Damar, shared by the Homelanders and the secretive magical Hillfolk, orphaned Harry Crewe is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk king, who intends to train her in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men.
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