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On A Pale Horse
by Sylvia Volk (Goodreads Author)
War threatens Salsabil's family. Drought and raiders may take all they have, and though Salsabil's brothers are ready to fight, none of them know what they're getting into. She's only a girl, raised in the sands of the Arabian desert; what can she do to help? But she has seen a wild horse in the dunes, and though her people think her mad, she feels the beginning of hope: ...more
Kindle Edition, 35 pages
Published May 14th 2012 by Unexpected Books
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Sylvia Volk has a knack for synthesizing historical detail with elements of the fantastic. In her short story On a Pale Horse, you immediately gain a sense of place as you are introduced to a young girl, the most favored daughter of a small tribe of Bedouin herders, and her father's prized mare. Both the girl and the mare share a name: Salsabil. Both Salsabils, girl and horse, are brave and obedient, and it is implied that behind her burqa, Salsabil is as beautiful as the mare. Salsabil is ...more
Sylvia Volk was born in western Canada to a family of readers; fiction followed. First she read it, and then (starting in elementary school) began making up her own. Somewhere along the way she ran out of available fiction and started reading nonfiction as well, and ended up learning about esoteric things - Arab horses, fractal structure of story, ancient-world military history, the mythology of ...moreMore about Sylvia Volk...