Harry Crewe is an orphan girl who comes to live in Damar, the desert country shared by the Homelanders and the secretive, magical Hillfolk. Her life is quiet and ordinary-until the night she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk King, who takes her deep into the desert. She does not know the Hillfolk language; she does not know why she has been chosen. But Corlath does. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men. Does she have the courage to accept her true fate?
“McKinley’s spare and eloquent prose is sheer delight… a compelling portrait of the vibrant, wryly humorous Harry.” –School Library Journal, starred review
“This is a zesty, romantic heroic….” –Booklist, starred review
( A 1983 Newbery Honor Book
( An ALA Notable Book
( An ALA Best Book for Young Adults