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The Shepherd Kings (Epona #2)

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The Kingdom of Lower Egypt has been occupied for a hundred years by the Shepherd Kings, the Hyksos, conquerors from the East who came with horses and dreadful war chariots to crush the foot soldiers of Pharoah. All of Lower Egypt is occupied by foreign lords, including the ancient household of The Sun Ascendant, where a young woman named Iry was once the lady of the holdin ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published December 14th 2001 by Forge Books (first published May 19th 1999)
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So little is known about the Egypt of the Hyksos conquest that authors can arrange their plots pretty much as they choose, around a few known historical persons. Here Tarr has connected with Egypt's adoption of the horse and war chariot, which had been used by their foreign conquerors, to in turn drive the conquerors out of Egypt. Tarr, whose love of horses usually finds its way in some important way into her novels, gives us Iry, the Mare's servant chosen by the Horse Goddess. Iry is an Egyptia ...more
This book was awesome. I really love Judith Tarr but I never actually seek out her books; I usually just find them at flea markets or tucked into random corners of libraries. This one I scored for 50 cents at Goodwill. It was long enough to keep me going all week (me!), and so engaging that I never wanted to put it down. A good retelling of a part of ancient Egyptian history that I hadn't thought much about before.
Kristyn Jensen
I loved it! The way she used the characters helped understand the division within the kingdom. All the charcters were strong and introduced appropriately. The battles were intense and described beautifully. I wanted more at the end, but it still concludedon a high note. I can't wait to read more and maybe look into reading The Mares Daughter.
A good 'historical fiction' I think. A bit to obsessed with the mores of the time (sex at every other moment? come on....)
Epic. The Mare reunites Egypt, sends the Hyksos packing
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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
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