Happy Friday! I’m drowning in a richness of new books— so many that I can’t figure out what to read next and have been taking refuge with an old, old favorite: Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword.
How to describe The Blue Sword? It’s a coming of age story, an adventure, a battle between good and evil, a deft mix of high fantasy and down to earth practicality. At heart, it’s a fish out of water story in which a young woman raised in someplace rather like Victorian England finds herself the sword-wielding heroine of a magic-laced desert kingdom. I’ve read it at least two dozen times over the past three decades— possibly more— but I love it just as much every time, and still stop to read particularly good phrases aloud to myself.
And now it’s off to tackle that new book pile…. But what to read first??
What have you been reading this week?