The Horse Goddess Mass Market Paperback – Jul 15 1998
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"Great feeling and towering imagination....An outstanding work."--Liverpool Daily Post
"Llywelyn's The Horse Goddess is a vivid time trip, weaving a spell that is hard to shake off."--The Arizona Daily Star
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Llywelyn's story of Epona is a must read for people that are interested in Celtic mythology and ancient Ireland. Llywelyn is an amazing talent, and being interested in the ancient Celts and Ireland, I plan on reading many more of her books. She brings ancient Ireland to life, and adds depth and detail to Celtic myths.
The fictionalized young Epona (who was historically the goddess of horses and one of the most widely worshipped European deities) has her coming-of-age in the early Hallstatt Celtic era. Refusing to accept the limitations of her life, she flees her home village and travels with Kazakh the Scythian. While in his company, she demonstrates psychic abilities allowing her to tame and communicate with animals, particularly the horses of the Scythians (a tribe who are generally considered to have domesticated the horse some 5,000-8,000 years ago).
When her "magical" abilities become manifest, she is pursued by the shaman Kernunnos of her own tribe, who wishes to force her to return home. Kernunnos is obsessed with using Epona's powers to best benefit her own tribe. (The mythological Kernunnos was the Celtic god of the hunt, and here, his fictional namesake follows Epona from the modern-day Austria to the modern-day Ukraine.)
Ms. Llywelyn's writing is crisp, detailed, and shows a fine appreciation for and understanding of the symbolical universe which her characters inhabit. The book brings these almost-forgotten myths to life, and leaves the reader just about convinced that perhaps it really did happen this way.
This book is the typical epic adventure found so often in fantasy. Yet the author finds a way to infuse it with good original elements. I found myself feeling the very breath of characters as they spoke.
As good as this book's story telling was, however, there was somthing about the plot that wasn't quite as fulfilling...this is why "The Horse Goddess" does not get all five stars. Maybe it was some of the cruder elements in the storyline or maybe it was the typical tried and true adventure through different lands, but the plot was the only unsatisfying thing about this book. Otherwise, I would recommend this book to anyone who asked but wouldn't present it as *the* book to read to anyone who was asking for suggestions.
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well written--good language composition. The story flows well and is full of historical information. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M H M
The reason I ask is that when I finished it, I got the feeling that I missed something. It seemed like the author was setting up storylines and plotpoints along the way that could... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by Heather H.
I am so excited I found this book again! I read it in the 9th grade (over 20 years ago), and I have never forgotten it. The story is amazing - whoever knew that much about salt? Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by catiebug
Since finding Bard, I'll read anything Llywelyn writes, including this book I found with a gold cover trying to sell itself as a romance novel (ugh). Read morePublished on April 28 2002
Morgan Llywellyn, if you're out there and you are reading this, you are amazing!I want to have your child. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2001 by Jean Felipe Teotonio
This is one of those books,I find myself looking forward to reading because it is so good. At work this book was what I thought about most of time. Read morePublished on March 31 2001 by L. Kolosky
Morgan Llywelyn has done it again with this wonderful book. This book is set in the great celtic days of ancient lore. Read morePublished on March 20 2001 by Traveling Irishman