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The Horse Goddess [Mass Market Paperback]

Morgan Llywelyn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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July 15 1998
Troy is in crumbling ruin and Athens is rising far to the south. It is a time when mortal men and women are becoming gods and goddesses as news of their extraordinary adventures sweeps across the land. In this world, Epona, a woman whose life is celebrated in legend, meets Kazhak, a Scythian warrior and prince. Their stormy love affair sends them sweeping across eighth-century Europe, pursued from the Alps to the Ukraine by Kernunnos--a mysterious Druid priest known as the "Shapechanger."

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"What a marvelous novel!"--South Bend Tribune

"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

About the Author

Since 1980 Morgan Llywelyn has created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. her critically acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Was this the first book in a series? Nov. 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 be fleshed out in another book. But don't get me wrong, it was a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book worth remembering Sept. 3 2003
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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? The choices faced in this book - to stay in a safe place and do something you don't want, or to go with strangers to a strange place, not knowing what you'll find - I couldn't put this book down then, and I can't put it down now.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware April 28 2002
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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). It wasn't, thankfully, but it seems an early work. The historical information in the novel was, I am sure, up to par with her other works, but the story itself was pretty shallow, staged, and craftless. Not my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story of the Origins of Epona Jan. 30 2002
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"The Horse Goddess" starts with young Epona coming to age in her tribe in ancient Ireland. Epona is, in Celtic mythology, the horse goddess. Morgan Llywelyn takes the story of Epona and expands it and tells the story of how a regular young woman could come to be revered as a goddess. The story isn't written in the traditional sweeping fantasy manner. Rather, "The Horse Goddess" reads like listening to a story. I can just imagine sitting around a fire listening to the village wise woman telling this story and the children sitting at her feet, listening with wide eyes. Epona has begun to exhibit magical abilities and the village's Druid priest, Kernunnos, desires to teach her. But something in Epona makes her rebel against Kernunnos and his unnatural ability for shape-changing. Kernunnos is obsessed with Epona and her powers, and when she flees her tribe rather than submit to becoming a Druid, he follows her all the way to the Scythians, which is where she finally ends. She exhibits an unusual ability of being able to communicate with animals, notable horses. The Scythians are a very horse-centered tribe, and Epona creates a place for herself in a society where women are little more than property.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Jan. 20 2002
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I am an avid fan of Morgan Llywelyn's books, and I've not yet read one that disappointed me. Her stories are exciting and her characters live and breathe and truly draw you in. THE HORSE GODDESS is no exception. Still, there is something missing from this novel that makes me rate it a step below works like DRUIDS (the best!!) and BARD. It may be the odd rhythm of speech she gives the Scythians, no matter what language they are supposed to be using. It may be the one sidedness of the story; Llywelyn usually weaves several plots and points of view into one grand tale, but in THE HORSE GODDESS, she sticks to a single narrator's vision of a single chain of events. It leaves the story a little bit flat in the literary sense, but no less exciting for all that. Like her other books, I read THE HORSE GODDESS straight through in a day, carried away into an adventurous past by Llywelyn's incredible talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story Aug. 11 2001
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Morgan Llywellyn, if you're out there and you are reading this, you are amazing!I want to have your child. I picked up this book out of desperation and boredom because I had nothing else to read, but alas, this book drew me in and kept me reading for hours. Morgan Llwellyn is, together with Anne Rice, the best English language writer alive today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotizing March 31 2001
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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. I found myself working faster,just so I could read it. This is a really great book,with a wonderful story line. However the author seems to drag things just a bit and that got annoying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book from Llywelyn! March 20 2001
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Morgan Llywelyn has done it again with this wonderful book. This book is set in the great celtic days of ancient lore. It was a time when magic, nature, and humans all meshed together.
This is another wonderfully written book that keeps you interested from start to finish. While it's a love story at heart it is a book that everyone can read and enjoy.
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