pros this book is an epic tale of a girl named harry who is kidnapped in the middle of the night by the mysterious, coralith king of damar the kingdom next to the outlander station whair harry was stying.
cons the book has minimal conection to preacwil The Hero And The Crown.
i gave it a 5 star rating because thair are almost no cons ,and once you read one page of this book you WILL be hooked like metel to a super strong magnet.”
“Excellent strong young female hero. Great read for young teens”Leslie J wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a fun book. It's sword-and-sorcery, predictable and short, but it's also full of cute characters and a readable story. Not to mention the beautiful fantasy culture of Damar.”Dragon Warrior wrote this review Tuesday, August 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Harry thinks nothing of it when she is kidnapped by the Hillfolk at her strange new home, after her father dies and her brother is in charge of her, as he brings her to her new home, near where he works. She has no idea that she will soon wield the sword that the legendary Lady Aerin did.”GracefromGod wrote this review Sunday, May 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not done yet, but its a great book so far! I finished Reading it. Super cool book!”2019nharris wrote this review Friday, March 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am not an adult-fantasy fan and deliberately avoid books with covers like this one - my mistake! Robin McKinley writes elegantly and subtly and devotes more time to her characters than to her action sequence. (Her animal characters are just as lovely as her humans!) Her world is detailed and real, and even though I thought the plot not entirely exciting and even confusing in some areas, the writing was lovely and I'm glad I read it. Might even read more of McKinley - I've heard good things about Sunshine.”Marie wrote this review Sunday, February 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I should have discovered this when I was a pre-teen, I'd have loved it. The plot isn't as detailed as a book aimed at adults would be, but I still enjoyed it very much. I liked the Bedouin like tribes people and the descriptions of their way of life. Nice to have a strong female character for a change too. A re-readable, enjoyable story. ”Colleen wrote this review Wednesday, November 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this book. I haven't read it for many years, but it called to me for a reread. Harry has come to Damar after her father's death to be with her brother. There is something about the land that draws her like nothing else ever has. When Corlath, king of the Hillfolk, comes to Istan to warn of a threat to all of them there is something about him that speaks to her also. After his warnings are ignored, Corlath leaves, but returns in the dark of night to steal Harry away, as his powers demand. This begins a journey for Harry that opens up a whole new world and way of life to her.
I absolutely love both Harry and Corlath. Harry is miserably unhappy in the Homelander settlement. She is used to being able to do things and her life is now very restricted. She also doesn't feel like she really fits in anywhere. She finds a couple people there that seem to feel the same way about Damar that she does, that see the beauty of that land. When Corlath kidnaps her, she doesn't understand why. She also feels like she doesn't fit in there, as she is mostly ignored at first. When the magic of the Hillfolk finds her, Corlath starts to soften toward her and begins to understand why he was called to take her. His elite guard, the Riders, begin to accept her when they see that she possesses the same magic the king does. Then Corlath has one of the Riders begin to train her as a female warrior. Her journey through the fear of her kidnapping, the culture shock of her training, then her melding of her two worlds is an incredible story of growth. It is not easy for her. We see the difficulty of her training, the culmination of that training, and then the decisions she has to make along the way. Corlath is a man with an impossible job. He has a very small kingdom that is being threatened by a less than human foe. His attempts at getting some help fail, but his powers require him to steal away the Outlander girl without telling him why. Their initial days together are rough because he doesn't want her there and she can tell. But when her visions make it obvious that she will play an important role, Corlath takes steps to make sure she is ready. I loved the way that Harry eventually takes to the training, though it is difficult at first. We also see her discomfort with the way everyone seems to be counting on her, though she is determined to do her best. She also has no trouble standing up to Corlath and trying to make him see what she tries to tell him. She wrestles with her decision on what she has to do, but ultimately does what she feels is right. The characters in this book are so well done that they feel absolutely real to me. I can feel their torment and their happiness and I can't help rooting for them, even when I know what will happen. My favorite part in the entire book is Harry's reappearance at the Outlander fort. I also love her training sessions and her return to Corlath at the end. I highly recommend this book and its prequel The Hero and the Crown to everyone, but especially those looking for strong female role models for girls.”
“This was a re-read. i remember loving the series years ago; not so much now. Have I become spoiled and lazy by the current crop of fast-action fantasy? Maybe, but I've got a big stack of books-to-read, and I need to get to them--so I'm abandoning it 3/4 through...”Gayle S wrote this review Thursday, July 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No