Books by Judith Tarr

KING’S  BLOOD by Judith Tarr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"For fans of high fantasy and Arthuriana, an enchanting portrait of a land in turmoil."
Riveting 11th-century historical fantasy in which the forces of Saxon Christianity clash with those of Britain's pagan gods. An effective, standalone sequel to Rites of Conquest (2004). Read full book review >
PRIDE OF KINGS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2001

"Heavy mist from the ruby heart of swords and sorcery."
Tarr returns to the Crusades fantasy begun with Queen of Swords (1997). Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF LIR by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"High adventure in low prose, in which the wind chortles and anger is an aching knot in the belly."
Sequel to White Mare's Daughter (1998) by ultraprolific romancer Tarr, a Yale-Cambridge graduate in history and now a breeder of Lipizzan horses on her ranch in Vail, Arizona. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF THE GRAIL by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"Solid, more than a tad stolid: Tarr's historical expertise puts flesh on some rather ordinary fantasy bones."
Tarr's latest fantasy (King and Goddess, 1996, etc.) combines medieval French romances and the historical Charlemagne in a post-Arthurian yarn. Read full book review >
LADY OF HORSES by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"A lively story in the action prose of hacks (type, type, type), but Tarr's sensibility and creation of an alternate feminine mythology would make Joseph Campbell dance a jig."
Once again, Tarr (The Shepherd Kings, 1999, etc.) heads back, back, back in time to hunt for the mystical source of the horse-spirit in humankind. Read full book review >
HOUSEHOLD GODS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Far stronger—echoes aside—than its plot initially suggests."
Immensely prolific historical romancer Tarr, who recently mythicized Old Europe in Neolithic times (White Mare's Daughter, 1998) and goddess lore in ancient Egypt (The Shepherd Kings, 1999), joins forces with Byzantine scholar Turtledove—a prolific historical (and alternate-historical) novelist plus full-time SF and fantasy writer (Colonization: Second Contact, 1999, etc.)—to take on a time-travel adventure about one Nicole Gunther Perrin. Read full book review >
THE SHEPHERD KINGS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 1999

"Quick moving, with just enough depth to lend some roundness to highly active figures otherwise as flat as wall paintings."
Horse-breeder Tarr, a Yale-Cambridge graduate in history, switched horses recently, from writing 500-page ancient and medieval historical doorstoppers (Queen of Swords, 1997, etc.) to mythicizing Old Europe in Neolithic times (White Mare's Daughter, 1998). Read full book review >
WHITE MARE'S DAUGHTER by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 1998

"The author's fans (old and new) should flock to what the publisher hopes will be her breakthrough this time to a wider public."
Tarr (Queen of Swords, 1997, etc.) usually grinds out two huge historicals a year based on medieval and ancient history. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF SWORDS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1997

"Tarr's large and devoted readership won't be disappointed."
Historical novel about Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem, by the author of King and Goddess (p. 853) and many others. Read full book review >
KING AND GODDESS by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An uncompelling yarn whose lifeless characters and lackluster backdrop fail to capture the spirit of singularity of the historical period: the least successful of an at best mediocre series."
Another of Tarr's historicals set in ancient Egypt (Pillar of Fire, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
PILLAR OF FIRE by Judith Tarr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Tarr's hard-to-swallow revisionist Exodus ends up neither engaging nor persuasive."
Tarr's latest historical is again set in Egypt (Throne of Isis, 1994, etc.), this time in the reign of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, that puzzling figure who attempted to introduce monotheism to Egypt and was succeeded by the boy-king TutankhatenTutankhamon. Read full book review >
THE EAGLE'S DAUGHTER by Judith Tarr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"A strangely stolid tale, relieved by attention to cultural detail and rescued by the fictional characters. (2 maps, not seen)"
The Holy Roman Empire is the setting for another historical romance from Tarr (Throne of Isis, 1994, etc.), this one focusing on the Byzantine princess who ruled the empire from 983994 as regent for her son, Otto III. Read full book review >
SPEAR OF HEAVEN by Judith Tarr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"An intriguing and rewarding addition to a series that continues to improve and impress."
This independently intelligible sequel to Arrows of the Sun (1993) is the fifth yarn about the god-king Mirain the Sunborn and his heirs. Read full book review >
THRONE OF ISIS by Judith Tarr
Released: April 1, 1994

"But again she fails to breathe life into famous characters; nor does she manage to translate all that expertise into anything resembling a compelling narrative."
Returning to Egypt following her romance based on Alexander the Great's sojourn there (Lord of the Two Lands, 1992), Tarr retells the story of the historical lovers Anthony and Cleopatra and adds a fictional pair, Dione and Lucius. Read full book review >
HIS MAJESTY'S ELEPHANT by Judith Tarr
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Entertaining fare from an author who would seem to be capable of more substantial work. (Fiction. 12+)"
The author of several fantasies and SF novels for adults sets her first YA book in Charlemagne's court in A.D. 802. Read full book review >
ARROWS OF THE SUN by Judith Tarr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 23, 1993

"Other than the proper names, which sound as if they've wandered in from Tolkien's Beleriand: persuasively produced, thoughtful and modestly inventive, a considerable, newcomer- friendly improvement on the rather stodgy original trilogy."
Sequel to Tarr's Avaryan Rising trilogy—concluded with A Fall of Princes (1988)—about Mirain the Sunborn and the forcibly united empires of Asanion and Keruvarion. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE TWO LANDS by Judith Tarr
Released: March 1, 1993

"But expect no insights, accept the barely tepid romance, and be ready for a muffled, distant narrative feel."
Mainstream magical-historical romance, with major roles for Alexander the Great and his generals, from the author of two fantasy trilogies, The Hound and the Falcon and Avaryan Rising. Read full book review >

Sequel to Tarr's fine historical fantasy Alamut (1989), featuring magical, incorruptible immortals from Rhiyana (Wales) amid the crusades of the 12th century. Read full book review >