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THE PRINCE: Spoiled, reckless, heedless of any wants or needs but his own, sentenced to a terrible fate for his sins against man, woman, and God.
THE STALLION: Equally spoiled, equally reckless, bound until death to a bitter servitude.
THE TURK'S HEIR: Fiercest of rivals, most devoted of enemies, whose armor hides a secret. Come into the world of the Arabian Nights, where...more
Mass Market Paperback, 262 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Spectra
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Jacqueline
One of my all time favorite books. I loaned it to a friend and her husband threw it away. I looked for a new copy for years and found it again as soon as the internet was invented. Thanks Al Gore!

This author has horses and it shows. This is a great love story and a well done story about horses. I'm a life long horse owner and it really pushes my buttons when an author does the horse stuff wrong.

The hero is a spoiled young man who does a very bad thing. He is punished and he learns and grows. Th...more
M—
This book has been hugely recommended to me for years. It's also been out of print for about as long as I've been aware of its existence, which has hindered my reading of it, but so many people have spoken of it so highly that I've finally tracked down a copy finally. Horses! Arabian Nights! Kick-ass female character(s)! Magic! Yay!

My reaction? :|

It is rare that I am moved to express myself in emoticons, but it seems suitable here. My feelings on this book were decidedly mixed. I really liked ho...more
Brownbetty
This is a very enjoyable book if you can overlook the fact that the protagonist is a rapist.

I trust the 'oh dear' is implied.

This book takes place in medieval Egypt and the middle-east, slightly before the third crusade, if I have my figures right. Salah ad-Din Yusuf (Saladin) appears as a character in this novel. The main characters are almost all Muslims within an Islamic society. My knowledge of Islam is cursory at best, but Tarr has a PhD. in Medieval studies, and includes notes in the back...more
Stacy Koster
I love this book. It has been one of my favorites since I first found it at the library when I was in high school.
I like how the crusaders are the bad guys, the girl is the hero, and a man learns from his mistakes by getting turned into a horse.
Starfire
Nice little fantasy story set in medieval Egypt, in which an arrogant, thoughtless prince is turned into a horse in punishment for a crime he commits against the daughter of a magus, with just a hint of romance in there from at least three different perspectives. Set against the background of the Crusades and the empire (is that the right word?) of Saladin, it made for a good - and different - fantasy read.

It's been a while since I've read a fantasy with this kind of narrative style - one where...more
ala
This perhaps a mid to upper 3 star rating. I keep going around and around on this and can't decide. Objectively, it is a good book -- well written, researched, etc. But some how I just didn't absolutely love it. I guess this is a personal taste thing.

First and foremost, this book is a tribute to horses and horsemanship. Tarr apparently is quite a horse-lady herself and her passion shown through. It also seems to be well-researched, not that I know anything about the time-period (crudades) myself...more
bkwurm
Nice quick engrossing read. Tarr has a knack for embedding little fantastical plots around major events and personages in history and does not disappoint with this one. The only drawback was the rather prediatable plot.
Rachel
Again I need a half star to give this 3.5 stars. This was a quick, light, easy read that was vaguely magical, vaguely romantic. It was well-written and very readable.
Sharon Michael
Read this many years ago, lost the book in a fire and as often happens with me, couldn't remember title or author, just remembered I loved this book. Thanks to Goodreads, found someone who did know title/author and the book now resides on my personal bookshelves again.

This is a very enjoyable entertaining fantasy that particularly appeals to me as a horsewoman, as the 'love interest' is an arrogant prince who is transformed into a horse. The main character is the daughter of a wizard who is viol...more
Katy
Fantastic silk road fantasy with two wonderful main characters.
Howard Brazee
Well written book with a Muslim setting and a uncomfortably a worthless noble rapist turned into a horse to learn better. That made me somewhat uncomfortable, but its strengths kept me reading.
Gmc
Jul 31, 2013 Gmc rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone:)
Shelves: reveiwed, fantasy-sf
Young Hasan Is a happy-go-lucky wastral and libertine. The spoiled pleasure seeking son of the Emir. He attacks the Wizards daughter, and the wizard changes him into a horse.
Things get real interesting from there. While living on 4 legs he learns to be a man, and meets the woman who will tame the savage beast in him.
fearthainn
The quality of the printing and editing of this version left a lot to be desired. Lots of typographical errors that were distracting.
Kim
I read this years ago - the macho man in the story is bewitched and turned into a stallion - with a woman rider who keeps him in check.....
Jennifer Stevenson
O god, how do you top turning a snotty guy into a horse? This is THE perfect horse fantasy.
Arlene Allen
Another of my all time favorites, even though I've really gotten away from reading fantasy.
Helen
good romance and poetic justice
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AKA Caitlin Brennan, Kathleen Bryan.

Judith Tarr (born 1955) is an American author, best known for her fantasy books. She received her B.A. in Latin and English from Mount Holyoke College in 1976, and has an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University. She taught Latin and writing at Wesleyan University from 1988-1992, and taught at the...more
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