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5.0 out of 5 starsPart of a trilogy; excellent reading.
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2015
All three books are excellent. Each stands alone, but truly worth buying all three. Keeps the pages turning as you become more familiar with the characters and their lives. Find me at Goodreads for more books from this span of Herstory, and his too. *G* If you enjoy learning about the Old Ways, the way our own ancestors lived..this is good reading.
I really enjoy reading this book. It is one I've read several times and decided to own it so that i didn't have library due dates to bind me. The storyline is a very good one. It is about women overcoming the overpowering/"all knowing" men but not being cocky as they are often portrayed. They emerge from their male dominated worlds with dignity and respect. I thoroughly enjoy the power of the horses as well and how they are so magnificent and quite intuitive. Through the horse is a source of positive energy.
I never knew what I was in for when I picked up these books by impulse at a Half-Price bookstore. As a lover of horses, it made it easier to fall in love with the white mare and the symbolism within the books following a tribe of horse-people as they evolve in the world. Great read! Read the entire series if you can!
5.0 out of 5 starsthis is one book that will stay with you days and days later
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2006
This was only my third Judith Tarr book and I really really enjoyed this book as much as the other two and wow..! this woman can really write! It's a thick book and I made a mistake of starting it after dinner. Sure enough, I couldn't put it down until it's done around 2am. I wouldn't go into synopsis bcs it's been mentioned above, but I'll go into everything else that I liked about this book.
First, the setting. One thing I admire about Judith Tarr is her ability to bring to life whatever setting she chooses in her novels, be it 2nd century Roman empire, ancient Egypt, or ancient history time. It showed how much research she's done for each book and she weaved everything in a subtle way so it didn't distract readers from the main story. The people, the horses, the custom, the clothes, everything came to life in this book.
Then the story, oh.. what a wonderful story it was. I judge the rating of a book based on its staying power and I know this one is going to stay with me for a long long time.
Last but not least, the characters. I loved the characters in this book, even the mad ones. They're all multi-layered characers who complimented each other as a tribe and made the story stronger. We got to see how each character grew and did what they did and received their just ending. A lot of the things they did in the book didn't make sense in a modern world, but that's another thing I liked about it. Judith Tarr made sure that none of them did something so completely out of character that would jarr her readers from enjoying the story. Plus, the romantic in me appreciated the strong romantic thread in this book.
Thank you Judith Tarr, for writing such a wonderful book! I hope you will continue writing for years to come.
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
I really, really like this book. It was first given to me in middle school. This is a book for adults! Judith loves to use the word "rod" quite a bit, but other than that, the story is very interesting. It's a kind of women's power book--the protagonist is a woman working around her situation. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, power struggles, and horses.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2016
I read this book some years ago, and still it lingers with me. The prehistoric societies are so vividly depicted, they stay on long after the story itself begins to fade in memory. Scenes from the book leap out at me still, messages of women's power in the face of oppression, of triumphs both in silence and in speaking out. If I remember it so well after such a long time, this is certainly one to read again - and suggest that others do the same.