Set against the colorful and magical backdrop of Ireland, The Grey Horse chronicles a time when the Irish people suffered under harsh English overlords who sought to destroy their culture and way of life. Into the Irish town of Carraroe, a magnificent, completely grey stallion appears. The horse brings with him the promise of better times and magical happenings, for he is actually the shape-shifted form of Ruairi MacEibhir, journeyed to such a time of danger in order to win the hand of the woman he loves.
©1987 R. A. MacAvoy (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
The language is the largest pleasure here. The use of the words does echo Galway nicely. And the reader is familiar to them.
The pooka is a user friendly version, almost too clean for these days. I read this book when it came out and it has dated slightly, but it's still a lovely read.
I was just reading a book that's current young adult and thinking how very dark it was willing to go. This reminded me of a time when that was not true.
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
I have always loved horses, but there are not many authors that write horses well. They turn the horses into four legged people and lose the qualities that make the horse what they are. MacAvoy embraces all that is horse then interweaves her story through it. The characters are dimensional without being weighty; you meet them and know them and have a great time. It's like sitting down to lunch with a best friend - you just enjoy yourself and laugh and don't worry about who is saying what. When it's time to leave you are both in a wonder about where the time flew. This is what her books are like - you immediately immerse into her world and she totally makes it work! You don't even have to be a serious horse lover to enjoy this book, you will get it. But for those horse folks out there - you have to read this book and see what you have been missing! Rory totally rocks the pooka (horse fairy). The narrator did a great job too. I'm happy to see her other books being posted as well. Audible - you are awesome!
No, not better. In fact it made it run faster than I would have liked. It is not a big story but a very endearing one.
I was a bit hesitant about the narrator at first - but his Irish accent was lovely to listen to.
I will listen to this again & again I imagine. Just as I have read the book over & over.
"excellent book. really enjoyed it"
Not necessarily better. But it helped understand how the old Gaelic was pronounced
Definitely Ruairi. A very likeable rogue. Full of mischief
Two moments. The end of the race. And after the capture of the little black king
You have to feel sorry for ruairi when they go to geld the grey horse
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