History Literature / TheBlueSword

22nd Jan '15 11:22:09 AM JoieDeCombat
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* AbductionIsLove: Subverted. The Riders suspect this with dismay when Corlath kidnaps Harry, but he makes it very clear that's not the case. He only keeps her around because of a premonition too strong to ignore, and later because of her magic and sword skills. [[spoiler:They do fall in love, but not until she's fairly adjusted to her new home and on more or less equal terms with him.]]
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* AbductionIsLove: Subverted. The Riders suspect this with dismay that this is Corlath's intention when Corlath he kidnaps Harry, but he makes it very clear that's not the case. He only keeps her around because of a premonition too strong to ignore, and later because of her magic and sword skills. [[spoiler:They do fall in love, but not until she's fairly adjusted to her new home and on more or less equal terms with him.]]
18th Nov '14 8:40:01 PM PaulA
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giving The Hero And The Crown its own page
''The Blue Sword'' by RobinMcKinley is a fantasy novel that follows Angharad "Harry" Crewe as she adjusts first to life in the Homelander colony of Daria -- called Damar by its native inhabitants -- and then to being kidnapped by the Damarian king, Corlath. There is also a prequel, ''The Hero and the Crown'', which tells the story of Lady Aerin, Dragon-killer, one of Damar's greatest and most legendary heroes, who is mentioned with some frequency in ''The Blue Sword''. There is ''also'' a midquel short story, "A Pool In The Desert," which has less swords and horses than the other two.
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''The Blue Sword'' by RobinMcKinley Creator/RobinMcKinley is a fantasy novel that follows Angharad "Harry" Crewe as she adjusts first to life in the Homelander colony of Daria -- called Damar by its native inhabitants -- and then to being kidnapped by the Damarian king, Corlath. Corlath. There is also a prequel, ''The Hero and the Crown'', ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown'', which tells the story of Lady Aerin, Dragon-killer, one of Damar's greatest and most legendary heroes, who is mentioned with some frequency in ''The Blue Sword''. There is ''also'' a midquel short story, "A Pool In The Desert," which has less swords and horses than the other two.

[[folder:Tropes in ''The Hero and the Crown'']] * AbsurdlyLongStairway: The evil sorcerer's MageTower is extraordinarily tall, with a stairway to suit. Climbing all the stairs requires a large dose of HeroicWillpower, and Aerin is left feeling like she's been climbing unceasingly for ''years''. * ActionGirl: Aerin. * TheAllegedSteed: Talat becomes this after a severe injury. Aerin helps to restore him to CoolHorse status. * ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler:Maur's skull, which radiates depression over the whole city, almost causing them to lose the final battle against the Northerners.]] * AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:Aerin is implied to do this at the end of her reign, to become a sort of patron spirit for Damar.]] * BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Galanna, who is widowed and very much subdued by the end of the novel.]] * BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Aerin suffers a great deal through her heroics. [[spoiler:After the fight with Maur, she was severely burned and would have died from the aftereffects if Luthe hadn't turned her immortal.]] * BlackSheep: ''Aerin.'' The only people who don't dislike her for her mother's sake are her father, cousin, and nurse. * BodyToJewel: The last drop of a dragon's blood shed when it dies becomes a gemstone. In the case of most dragons, it's too small to bother looking for, but one that comes from a great dragon is a very valuable treasure. * CoolHorse: Aerin inherits her father's retired cavalry charger, Talat. Somewhat played with in that she only gets him because he's crippled and useless to everyone else. At first. * DeathByChildbirth: assumed to be the reason behind Aerin's mother's death. * EvilSorcerer: [[spoiler:Aerin's uncle Agsded.]] * FantasticRacism: Against the Northerners. Aerin's Northern heritage on her mother's side is often held against her; and sure enough, in ''The Blue Sword'' nobody in Damar even remembers that their national heroine was related to their worst enemies. * GentlemanSnarker: Perlith. * TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The cousinly version, with Galanna. * GlowingEyesOfDoom: Aerin and the royal family, Luthe. * HannibalLecture: [[spoiler:Agsded does his level best to destroy Aerin's confidence by telling her that her people despise her, her father finds her merely a useful tool, and Tor only loves her because she bewitched him without knowing it. When he starts belittling Luthe, however, who Aerin knows perfectly well is a great wizard, she sees right through him and delivers the following retort:]] ** ShutUpHannibal: "Now that is nonsense. If you can do no better than cheap insults, {{The Prophecy}} overestimates you." * TheHorde: The Northerners * IFellForHours: Aerin climbs an insanely long staircase, then falls back down. Both the climbing and the falling take quite a long time. * IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler:Aerin, after her lungs are burned in the fight against Maur. She survives, but at a high price.]] * {{Immortality}}: Luthe has either Type I or Type II. ** Aerin might possibly have Type XI following her dip in the Lake of Dreams. *** It might also be Type II, depending on how you interpret her climb and fall. * TheJeeves: Teka, Aerin's maid and the closest thing she has to a mother, who feels free to scold and fuss over her mistress even when the rest of the court reveres her as a heroine. * ImportantHaircut: [[spoiler:After Maur scorches most of Aerin's hair off, it grows back thinner and darker. Teka cuts it shoulder-length and it stays that way.]] * JerkassHasAPoint: It's [[spoiler:''Agsded'']] who first points out to Aerin that Tor is in love with her. * TheKingdom: Damar * LateArrivalSpoiler: Aerin kills a dragon. * LoveTriangle: [[spoiler:A rare example in that Aerin actually gets ''both'' men: first an ordinary lifetime ruling Damar with her husband Tor, then an immortal one with Luthe.]] * MageTower: The bad mage has a very very very tall tower. The good one has a one story longhouse/mansion. * MagicWarrior: Aerin * MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Aerin tweaks this, reflecting that the only evidence that she's her father's daughter is that her father's wife bore her -- but not even Aerin's worst enemies think that badly of her mother. * MayflyDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:Aerin and Luthe, which makes his {{Anguished Declaration Of Love}} particularly touching.]] --> [[spoiler:'''Luthe:''']] "I will love you until the stars crumble, which is a much less idle threat than is usual for lovers on parting." * MushroomSamba: non-comedic version. Aerin is tricked into eating the herb, which is supposedly poisonous to non-Royals, and spends several ''months'' being frightened of purple smoke demons. * OurDragonsAreDifferent: Used, in that most Damarian dragons are little more than dumb beasts which are considered pests (although they do breathe fire). Averted by the great dragons, which are evil, ancient, and generally fit the description of classic Western-style dragons, although without the piles of gold or kidnapping of maidens. * RapunzelHair: Aerin's hair is originally around knee-length (actually, it's ankle-length when wet). Galanna also has waist-length hair. * RebelliousPrincess * RedHeadedHero * SecretLegacy * SleepCute: Aerin watches Luthe this way [[spoiler:during their last night together.]] * TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Aerin versus her cousin Galanna. * TimeAbyss: Luthe. * VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Aerin and Tor. * WellDoneSonGuy: Aerin and Tor both feel this way about King Arlbeth, although in Tor's case it's "well done, nephew". [[/folder]]
18th Nov '14 8:22:07 PM PaulA
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* AbsurdlyLongStairway: The evil sorcerer's MageTower is extraordinarily tall, with a stairway to suit. Climbing all the stairs requires a large dose of HeroicWillpower, and Aerin is left feeling like she's been climbing unceasingly for ''years''.

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* TheAllegedSteed: Talat becomes this after a severe injury. Aerin helps to restore him to CoolHorse status.

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* MageTower: The bad mage has a very very very tall tower. The good one has a one story longhouse/mansion.
10th Aug '14 1:05:23 PM Goldfritha
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* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Aerin tweaks this, reflecting that the only evidence that she's her father's daughter is that her father's wife bore her -- but not even Aerin's worst enemies think that badly of her mother.
3rd May '14 4:48:57 PM Greenhat
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* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Gonturan, the titular Blue Sword, which will only work for women and men younger than 20.
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* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Gonturan, the titular Blue Sword, which will only work for women of any age and men younger than 20.
3rd May '14 4:46:47 PM Greenhat
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* CoolHorse: Tsornin, Isfahel, ''all the Hill horses''...
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* CoolHorse: Tsornin, Isfahel, ''all the Hill horses''...
3rd May '14 4:42:10 PM Greenhat
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* CoolHorse: Tsornin, Isfahel, 'all the Hill horses'...
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* CoolHorse: Tsornin, Isfahel, 'all ''all the Hill horses'...horses''...
3rd May '14 4:41:46 PM Greenhat
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* CoolHorse: Tsornin, Isfahel...
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* CoolHorse: Tsornin, Isfahel...Isfahel, 'all the Hill horses'...
27th Jan '14 4:47:33 PM shamblingdead
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* RapunzelHair: Aerin's hair is originally around knee-length. Galanna also has waist-length hair.
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* RapunzelHair: Aerin's hair is originally around knee-length.knee-length (actually, it's ankle-length when wet). Galanna also has waist-length hair.
29th Aug '13 3:40:59 AM LentilSandEater
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** [[spoiler:He didn't think the Northeners would send a large force through, and he had already warned the Homelanders about the Northeners.]]
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