LADY OF HORSES by Judith Tarr

LADY OF HORSES

KIRKUS REVIEW

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. It’s the morning of the world in prehistoric times; only within the past two lifetimes have the wild horse herds even been captured and tamed. A myth has arisen that the first horse, a Stallion, was ridden by a man. But in truth it was a mare, ridden by the grandmother of Sparrow, and only later was Sparrow’s uncle granted leave by the Great Goddess Epona (horse-spirit incarnate) to ride the first Stallion. Now Sparrow dares to ride a mare and later become a shaman with mystical marks on her body. She also comes into a mare’s erotic hunger, the satisfaction of which Tarr, herself a horse-breeder, describes with white fire.

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.

Pub Date: June 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-312-86114-1
Page count: 400pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2000




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