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Lady of horses
Tarr, Judith.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 2000.
Physical Description:
415 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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A young girl-child first dared to mount on the back of a mare, but the priests declared that this must be a mans privilege only. They stole her achievement and made a new legend giving that achievement to her brother. But the spirit of the horse is a Goddess, and Horse Goddess would not be deprived of her servants.

Author Notes

Judith Tarr was born in Augusta, Maine on January 30, 1955. She received a B.A. in Latin and English from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Medieval studies from Yale University.

She is the author of more than twenty novels including The Golden Horn, The Hound and the Falcon, Avaryan Rising, Alamut, The Daggar and the Cross, The Lord of Two Lands, Pillar of Fire, The Throne of Isis, White Mare's Daughter, Queen of Swords, Arrows of the Sun, and Spear of Heaven. She also wrote a juvenile book entitled His Majesty's Elephant.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Known for historical fiction and fantasy, Tarr is quickly establishing herself as one of the best in the prehistoric epic subgenre. Here her heroine, Sparrow, possesses the gift of divination, but as a girl in a culture that only values males, she is compelled to conceal it. She must also hide her forbidden passion for horses. When she and her sister-in-law, Keen, are discovered with the horse herd, they flee, taking the king stallion with them. They end up in a land where females are not stigmatized, and where they are free to worship the Horse Goddess. But Wolfcub, the tribe's best tracker, and their close friend, is sent to capture them, and neither their coming to his rescue when he is weak and injured nor his love for Sparrow interferes with his sense of duty. As in her well-received White Mare's Daughter [BKL Je 1 & 15 98], Tarr blends mythology and fantasy to make an unrecorded era of time vibrant and alive while brilliantly depicting nomadic cultures. --Diana Tixier Herald