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The Grey Mane of Morning

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  136 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 1982 by Bantam Books (first published 1977)
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Brenda Clough
Aug 30, 2013 Brenda Clough rated it it was amazing
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
Benjamin Thomas
Apr 08, 2015 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-general
This book is a great example of a novel that I attempted several weeks ago and only made it through about 10 pages before putting it aside. It dates back to the late 1970’s and seemed like one of that era’s fantasy novels that was overly hung up on strange proper names. Most of the characters and places have hyphenated or, worse yet, random apostrophes and the book just wasn’t clicking for me. Thankfully, I only set it aside and didn’t discard it all together. I picked it up again this past week ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Sandi rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
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
Aug 06, 2013 Marc rated it really liked it
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.
Fraser Sherman
Jul 27, 2016 Fraser Sherman rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Far and away the weakest of Joy Chant's three Vandarei fantasies. The Khentor nomads have paid tribute to the Golden Men since forever, but oops, this tribute time the Goldens take The Wrong Woman, then proceed to capture and humiliate the Khentors' Chosen One... need I say this proves a catastrophic error? Plug in any cruel empire and any noble nomads, real or fictional, and you could have the same story without changing a thing. And I have a strong flinch factor against a story where the perso ...more
HT Goodwill
Jun 12, 2008 HT Goodwill rated it really liked it
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!
Jun 08, 2016 LemmiSchmoeker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy abseits von den 08/15-Zwergen und -Elfen. Vielleicht nicht, wie Lin Carter auf dem Buchrücken behauptet, „allem, was ich im ‚Herrn der Ringe‘ fand, ganz und gar ebenbürtig“ (wobei es meiner Auffassung von Carter absolut entsprechen würde, wenn er den Herrn der Ringe nur flüchtig durchgeblättert hätte, bevor er sich ein Urteil macht), aber durchaus mit genügend ganz eigenen Ideen, um sich deutlich abzuheben – und die deutsche Veröffentlichung ausgerechnet bei dem Fantasy-Verramscher Goldm ...more
Sue Bridgwater
Apr 04, 2016 Sue Bridgwater rated it it was amazing
The grey mane of morning records events in the early history of one of the tribes of the plains people, the Khentors, in Chant's world of Khendiol. Mor’anh, the hero, is priest and Lord’s son of the tribe called the Alnei. He is destined to lead his people into new way of living and of relating to other peoples; and to the Khentors of later times, (see Red Moon and Black Mountain) he is a great hero of legend and his very name is used as an exclamation or oath. Besides being priest, Mor’anh is ...more
Kelsey S. Hock
Maybe I've just been overloading too much on fantasy but I couldn't get more than twenty pages into this one. Perhaps I'll pick it up again someday, as I did like Red Moon and Black Mountain, but not for awhile.

The characterization that wasn't really there in RMaBM is evidently not in TGMoM either. Also crossing over is the apparent uselessness of women in the tribe. Despite how many First Nations in our world traditionally valued women for their input in politics as well as having a matriarchal
Mar 22, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing
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
Trish Castro
Feb 05, 2016 Trish Castro rated it it was amazing
I loved the Grey Mane of Morning. Joy Chant is one of the best world builders I have ever read. Her characters are memorable and her plot lines stay with you long after the book is finished.
Oct 07, 2009 Kendra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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.
Oct 11, 2007 Leila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favorites. This book is out of print, and I was thrilled to find a copy after I grew up!
Jun 07, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A really believable and inventive world.
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