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The Horsemasters (Reindeer Hunters #2)

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Set way before the mists of time, when humankind was taking its first defiant steps to master the earth, this brilliantly imagined tale returns to the same setting of Joan Wolf's first novel of prehistory, Daughter of the Red Deer. The tribes who call themselves the Kindred and live in the lush green valleys of Southern France have already encountered the rivalries and des ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Onyx (first published 1993)
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Amalia Carosella
Aug 05, 2015 Amalia Carosella rated it really liked it
I wasn't entirely sure how to feel about this book when I started reading it, but it kept pulling me back, and the momentum started building, and then there was this passage here (p220-221, edited by me for length):

Crim demanded. "What are you saying, Ronan? Are you saying that none of our tribes follow the right way?"
Ronan smiled faintly. "Na, Crim. What I am saying is that all of our tribes follow the right way."
"What I am saying, Mait," Ronan answered, "is that what is important to the g
Amalia Dillin
Aug 05, 2015 Amalia Dillin rated it really liked it
my review is here:

Also might be worth noting that I didn't realize this was historical fiction when I picked it up -- I bought it in a sci fi and fantasy bookstore, and assumed that it was fantasy based on that context. It definitely isn't. (But... it could've been. Pre-history kind of dances on a line that way. There's nothing fantastic about the content but by its very nature, pre-history has a lot of the same worldbuilding we'd find in fantasy! So it m
Bea Carroll
Sep 08, 2014 Bea Carroll rated it it was amazing
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Another Joan Wolf special. She definitely knows how to hook a person into a book. I waited many years to get a chance to read this book. It was worth the wait. I had heard it was good but it was fabulous. I had just finished Daughter of the Red Deer & I'll go on to read The Reindeer Hunters next, I hope. This book was well researched as any of her books are. I love the way she develops the relationship of the main characters. They come to life. I am only waiting time to get to her next book ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Gaile rated it it was amazing
Ronan, son of the Mistress of the Red Deer Tribe is exiled. He quickly forms his own tribe of outcasts from other tribes. News comes that a people who are able to ride horses are coming from the North. ronan sends spies and then goe after Nel, a girl in the tribe of The Red Deer. A little girl when he left, she has a hard time to believe he can love her. She has grown into a woman and he has never ceased to think of her. Nel also has a gift for handling animals. She had tamed a wolf. Now with Ro ...more
Sherrill Watson
Oct 15, 2015 Sherrill Watson rated it really liked it
Read the loonnnggg review, and Amalia Casosella's review. Well written, historical(?) fiction, a coming together of several "tribes" under one chief, back when the French cave paintings were made. Good book.
Jan 19, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating look into pre-history. Joan Wolf is an excellent writer who weaves a good story around historical information. The story is about a young man, Ronan, exiled from his people who forms his own tribe with cast-offs from other tribes, and eventually his cousin, Nel. His ability to lead a group of people with different beliefs comes in handy when their entire world is invaded by the Horsemen--a tribe from the north who actually ride horses, something unheard of at the time.

Lauri Saplad
I really enjoyed this adventure. Ms. Wolf did a wonderful job describing her characters, their surroundings and various cultures. She demonstrates that there is no right or wrong way to worship or to organize a society. We can all coexist if we respect one another's belief systems. There is an underlying story of monogamous, devoted love which was very sweet and surprising. There's also battles, betrayals, conniving leaders and a lot of animal love. In short, something for everyone!
Donna Jo Atwood
Well, shades of Jean Auel! Actually, in many ways better as Wolf does not hit you over the head with all the little details of how to make your own (insert weapon, tool, art here) multiple times in the same book.
Pretty standard story--noble hero cast out of tribe, goes off, comes back to save tribe from people with new technology (in this case horses).
Feb 08, 2010 Miranda rated it really liked it
When I read this book, I didn't know it was second in a series but it reads well as a stand alone book. I enjoyed it. The author was creative in devising the different cultures and how they clashed and yet were similar. The characters weren't quite believeable but still were well-written.
Jan 10, 2014 Tami rated it it was amazing
loved it
Aug 16, 2010 Ayesha rated it liked it
Not as good as Daughter of the Red Deer, but still interesting... I'll have to re-read it to make sure though, it's been a while
May 19, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Second book in the Reindeer Hunters trilogy. I liked it even more than the first one. Great story - good characters.
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Feb 10, 2011 Andi Wellington rated it really liked it
I always enjoy her books.
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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher
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