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White Mare's Daughter (Epona #1)

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The saga of Sarama, the beautiful, headstrong young priestess of a nomadic warrior band. Her majestic white horse is the earthly incarnation of the goddess Epona; her fateful odyssey to a great city where women still rule, unleashes an epic clash of cultures that changes the course of history.
Hardcover, 494 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Forge
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Lis Carey
Jun 01, 2016 Lis Carey rated it really liked it
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Sarama is the servant of the White Mare, the Lady of the Horses. Her mother died giving birth to her and her twin brother Agni. Agni is the heir of the king of the White Horse tribe; Sarama is heir to an older tradition, from before their mother's people became a part of the male-ruled tribes.

The old woman who was the White Mare's servant before her told Sarama that she will be the last one. There's no one else of the pure bloodline. When stories reach the tribe of a wealthy land far to the west
Jul 10, 2016 Christiana rated it really liked it
One of the most feminist fantasy novels I've ever read. The patriarchal society of the horsemen of the steppe clashes with the matriarchal farming society of the western cities, and both societies learn. (Admittedly, the horsemen learn a lot more from the farmers than the other way around.)

Upshot: super-feminist book, with subverted gender roles done cleverly and with reason. Strong female characters, who are not "strong female characters" because they do men's things, like hunting and fighting,
Oct 25, 2012 Loraine rated it liked it
As far as the prehistoric fiction genera is concerned, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is my gold standard, with Morgan Llywelyn close on her heels, with herThe Horse Goddess earning the silver, and Jean Auel, bronze. Judith Tarr doesn't quite measure up to Auel's level of story-telling. However, she does know her horses and any passages about them make the narrative thoroughly enjoyable. I also like the fact that Marija Gimbutas' theory about women-centered egalitarian cultures informed Tarr's story- ...more
Charland Garvin
Feb 01, 2015 Charland Garvin rated it it was amazing
This is actually one of my favorite books. Judith Tarr writes very interesting books, of which I have read several. She knows her history and writes with detail. White Mare's Daughter is in the line of The Clan of the Cave Bear , but focusing on a horse culture vs a Mother (female) culture. It is believable feminist fantasy,
Aug 29, 2011 Deidre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wonderfully told. Turns gender ideology on its head even for someone used to questioning preconceived gender/ sex roles. And to put it in a beautifully told & well researched historical novel with strong female characters that feel rich & whole is a all out lovely read.
Aug 21, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
I found this book fascinating with its gender reversal. The story was richly told, and the characers were well written. I love when I can imagine exactly what someone in the story should look and act. I will continue to read the next books in this series with pleasure.
Kristyn Jensen
Jan 21, 2011 Kristyn Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. The matriarchal society blending with the nomadic patriarchal society was beautifully written and extremely exciting. It was full of passion, love, and spirituality. I can't wait to read the sequal.
Jun 19, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books!
Mar 17, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing
Prehistoric epic, steppe nomads bring war to goddess's cities
B. Ross Ashley
May 06, 2016 B. Ross Ashley rated it it was amazing
Fantasy with a plot around a matriarchy ruled by the Horse Goddess ... but a great read nonetheless.
I enjoyed Judith Tarr ~ White Mare's Daughter. But it left me going DAHhh. Soooo. It all seemed too tidy. 3.2 stars.
Nov 06, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women, historical fiction fans
Recommended to Amy by: Diana Gabaldon
This was just a fun book to read. The characters were interesting, the time period was intriguing, and the horses were beautiful. I enjoyed it. :)
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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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