The Grey Mane of Morning
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The Grey Mane of Morning

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A vicious act of greed that wrecked the world...

The Khentors, on their great Horned Horses, had wandered the Great Plain for longer than memory, and in all that time the magnificent Golden People, with their red metal spears and walled towns, had been Masters of the Khentorei. That the Golden Ones should take women as tribute was not unusual. But now they had taken Nai, a...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 1982 by Bantam Books (first published 1977)
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Brenda Clough
What a great fantasy novel this is -- a fully-realized world with at least three separate cultures (and more out on the edges that appear in the author's other fantasy novels). Chant was one of those authors who are the spiritual descendants of J.R.R. Tolkien. Works of this kidney have to be set in totally-imagined fantasy worlds, outfitted with different races, biota, cultures, gods and religions, and long elaborate histories. Most of them are mediocre to terrible (I am sorry to say that my fir...more
This is a reread of a book that I have long liked. Joy Chant's first book, "Red Moon Black Mountain" was a favourite when I was a teenager. This book delves even more into the culture of the nomadic Khentorei, which I find fascinating. I have put it on my Children's bookshelf, really to keep it with the others in the 'series' about the world of Vanarei, but really it contains concepts that are not childish at all.

The Khentor tribe are subject to the Kalnat, the Golden People, blond townsfolk of...more
Illustrated, with a glossary, character list, and detailed map (drawn, I think, by the author's sister, but it's not attributed).

Red Moon And Black Mountain had several elements about it that the author evidently thought needed more development. You might consider this book a 'prequel', but it's a 'prequel' in the way the Epic of Gilgamesh is a prequel to the Oddyssey. Set in the same world, yes. Set among the same peoples--somewhat. But centuries, or possibly millennia, apart.

The status of Khen...more
The first fantasy book I ever read. I must have been around 10. I can remember being a bit obsessed about it so I must have really enjoyed it. I may even still have my original copy seeing as I am such a book hoarder. Not sure if I would enjoy it as much if I re-read it now, so will let sleeping dragons lie.
HT Goodwill
Jun 12, 2008 HT Goodwill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes fantasy/tribal culture stories
Shelves: sci-fi_fantasy
One of the best books I have ever read. I lost my original copy and spent 15 years looking for a replacement. Definitely worth reading!
I started on the wrong foot: mounted nomads just do not lose to town dwellers - Genghis Khan, Timur Lenk. the Moghuls show the horsemen always win*. Before I had quite settled this in my mind, I was already held enchanted by the writing. It is quite a short book (332 pages in my edition) and suddenly I found myself clutching what felt like a handful of pages, thinking "This book's going to stop before the main hero even gets home," But, in the end, all was well and a satisfactory conclusion was...more
Enjoyed this $1.00 find, though apparently there's a short series, maybe a trilogy? It's written like a prequel, and can be a stand-alone, but there are other books. Enjoyed it, easy fast read.
One of my all-time favorites. This book is out of print, and I was thrilled to find a copy after I grew up!
A really believable and inventive world.
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