White Mare's Daughter (Epona, #1)
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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, 496 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Forge
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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.
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
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.
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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.
Nov 06, 2008 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars 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. :)
Prehistoric epic, steppe nomads bring war to goddess's cities
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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...more
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