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Tamer of Horses

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Abandoned as a baby, Hippodamia would have died of exposure on the mountain had it not been for Centaurus. The king of the centaurs saved her, raised her as his own, and in exchange asks for only one thing: she must marry the future king of the Lapiths, Pirithous, son of Zeus, and forge a lasting peace between their peoples by giving him an heir. It would be a fine match i ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published October 3rd 2016
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Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Love Greek mythology? Desire some sizzling romance? Does your blood thirst for a good battle or two? Tamer of Horses is just the book that I would recommend to meet your needs. Prior to diving into the story, I had to Google Hippodamia because I had never heard of her. Her story is certainly a Greek tragedy! I should be really upset with Amalia Carosella for writing a character that has such a sad ending. But how could I be? Everything about this story is absolutely P-E-R-F-E-C-T and I don't say ...more
**ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**


Before I started this book I had no idea what to expect. What I did know was that it was a historical fantasy romance book that sounded amazing to me. Plus the cover is AMAZING. It's beautiful and different than what I am used to seeing. I loved this story from start to end. Tamer of Horses is based on Greek mythology and I loved that so much. I love anything history related but mythologies are even more intriguing to me. It is
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

Arranged marriages are tricky things. People don’t know each other very well and back in the day, quite a bit was riding on an arranged marriage. And then, well, what do you do if your intended comes from a totally different culture or tribe?

Carosella’s new book is, in part, an answer to that question. Pirithous is king of the Lapiths in ancient in Greece, before the Trojan war. His marriage to Hippodamia is supposed to bring peace between the Lapiths and the cen
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
I am very impressed by this standalone, so my review will be quite short; after all, my inability to express my thoughts in multiple paragraphs should attest to the fact that this novel is something grand.

Though I will say now that all the sex and sexual references was a bit much for my tastes, I do not knock it as a flaw. In ancient Greece, sex was quite an everyday and important thing, especially in the lives of those who ruled. So, forewarning to any who pick this up. It definitely doesn’t gl
Amalia Carosella
May 26, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
*This is not a Review*
Hippodamia and Pirithous's story is one I love very much -- and I am so excited to share it with you all, at last.

For those of you who haven't read Helen of Sparta, don't worry! This is a stand alone, and takes place roughly 25 years before the events of my Helen books, so it's a great place to jump in and splash around in Bronze Age Greece without any of the baggage from the other books!

For those of you who HAVE read HELEN OF SPARTA, you'll see some familiar faces in TAM
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heart wrenching. A story of love and betrayal. Nails were bitten and teas shed. An emotional rollercoaster based in Ancient Greece where gods rule and beasts are just puppets.

A stand alone novel.

I loved it 5*****

I was given this book in return for an honest review.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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"Her dark hair was crowned with a wreath of white wildflowers, but even so, she had not lost the stray bits of leaf and stick, the disarray a reminder of her upbringing. A wild creature, born of the mountain and the wood, only waiting to be tamed by her king."

I loved Carosella’s previous two books, Helen of Sparta and By Helen’s Hand, so snapping up the ARC of Tamer of Horses as soon as it became available wa
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Tamer of Horses has been on my list since I hosted a Character Conversation with Polypoetes. It was mentioned that he’d appear in a forthcoming novel and I set myself to keeping an eye out for Carosella’s next release. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait long. Three months later I was granted an ARC of the novel and I jumped straight in.

As far as heroines go, Hippodamia is a breath of fresh air. She has tomboyish mannerisms
Diana Paz
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wish there were a special word specifically to describe falling in love with a book. From the moment I met Hippodamia, she was my little sister, the friend I've had since we were little and who I'm now watching step foot in the wide world. I adore her. Her journey is both authentic and spectacular. Raised by centaurs, I was given a vivid image of her growing up free and untamed, and I loved seeing her adapt to an entirely foreign world. TAMER OF HORSES is one of those stories that has characte ...more
Phyllis Carroll
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn the Gods

WOW!! This book rocked me. I literally could not stop reading it, I was so consumed with what is she going to do next?

And trying to appease the gods.....oh my!
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reading
Tamer of Horses is a *beautiful* book. I read Helen of Sparta & By Helen's Hand just before reading this one to get a feel for the Bronze Age stories that Amalia Carosella has written previously, & both books were hauntingly well done yet neither of them prepared me for the utter beauty of Tamer.

Prior to reading, I was not familiar with Hyppodamia’s tale, so I wasn't certain what to expect. I knew at least a bit about Pirithous from Helen’s tale, and I was excited to see him in his own story. T
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I love Amalia Carosella's work. Every work is like a character study of these Greek demigods and myths that are such a mystery to us. She explores their relationships and motives, how they would have lived if they were real, but also keeps the mystical elements of Greek Mythology that we love so much (ahem.. Centaurs!!). There are a lot more scenes that are NSFW in this novel, compared to the previous Helen books, but they are tasteful and are essential to the plot, Pirithous is inde ...more
The Captain
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horses
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

When I was a wee lass, I kinda had a small obsession with ponies. And unicorns. And pegasuses. I read everything I could get me mitts on that involved these creatures. If the ponies talked, even better. Now mind ye, this be in the days before the sea stole me heart and I learned I be allergic to horses. Sad sad day ’twas – the horse part that is.

So even now I stil
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As always, I love the way Amalia weaves together mythology, fantasy, and romance to create an engaging and entertaining narrative.

I really enjoyed Hippodamia's character. I loved her feistiness and strength. Pirithous was fascinating as well. I found it so interesting the way Amalia took these two very minor characters in Greek mythology and fleshed out the story into such a fully developed world. I definitely want to go read the Helen books now!

There were a few too many bedroom scenes for my pa
Wendy Sparrow
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was equal to the rich tapestry of researched history and mythology interwoven with imaginative fantasy that I've come to expect of this author's writing. The characterization is nothing short of brilliant. With a full cast of players, you can sense a distinct backstory to each whether or not it's provided...and when it is mentioned, it's so amazingly seamless.

I loved that the whole story used more common mythology as a backdrop. Pirithous being a son of Zeus established certain qualit
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, a confession.

In the time it took me to read this novel once, I must have actually read it 4 or 5 times. I found myself rereading each page, ostensibly to check that I hadn’t missed anything, but mostly because each page I finished meant I was that much closer to finishing the book, and I didn’t want it to be over so soon. I went back and reread entire chapters at times, because they were just that brilliant.

I’m going to try and keep this spoiler free. ;)

Hippodamia (Mia, if I’m allowed
Naomi Ruth
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was offered an advanced reader copy of this book by the author and I opened up the file to just read the first paragraph... eleven chapters later I realized I really needed to take a break and get back to work! This book really sucked me in and did not want to let go. I loved the drama between Hippodamia and Pirithous and how their personalities either meshed or clashed. I loved Antiope and Theseus. I loved the Greek history that just oozed out of it. It cleverly worked with elements of Bronze ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the interpretations of Pirithous and Hippodamia. The story is far more detailed than the remaining myths, and I feel that this story fills in the holes beautifully.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A wonderful book, I laughed, I cried, it truly moved me. A beautiful story about love. I read the whole book in one day!
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting an adult fantasy novel and that's what I got. Greek mythology, creatures from the legends and stories we have all heard of.

Hippodamia had been raised by the centaurs - half man, half horse - and her fate had been determined: she had to marry Pirithous, son of Zeus and king of the Lapiths. The two have never met before, and Pirithous had quite the reputation, so Hippodamia wasn't all that thrilled about this marriage, however she had considered it her duty to her people, and she w
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tamer of Horses by Amalia Carosella
• Sacrifice
This story was told with dual views which made it nice knowing what the other person was thinking and doing. Hippodamia and Pirithous, as well as their people sacrifice immensely throughout this book, but it still ends as a HEA. It has Greek Mythology, battles, as well as a tastefully written sexy romance. I wasn't sure what the story was about in the beginning, but once I figured it out I couldn't stop reading. I'll admit I needed a few tissues bu
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I stayed you late several times to read this book in I think that says it all.
Loved the flashback to an earlier timeline that this book refers to. (As regards previous books by Amalia Carosella).
Linda Ulleseit
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A girl raised by centaurs is such an intriguing concept! I loved the premise, and the characters are strong and identifiable.
Rick Cook
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book thinking it was just going to be okay and ended up liking it a lot! It explores the relationship of two mythic Greek characters, Pirithous and Hippodamia, neither of whom have much in the way of verifiable accounts of their lives. The constant push and pull of the two is fascinating and charming, just as much as it is frustrating and realistic. Both are flawed and are bringing their personal hangups and expectations into an arranged marriage, and it's a treat watching them sl ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story. I love the play on Greek Mythology . The characters were great and story well written. I also love the cover.

*** Received a copy of book from and Thorskona Books****
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romans-fiction
Well-written, great setting, great mood throughout the book - but the plotting was so slow and kind of repetitive, especially at the beginning, that I couldn't give it five stars. The first seven or so days of Pirithous' and Mia's acquaintance/courtship goes on forever, it feels like, and Mia keeps zig-zagging back and forth between falling for him and becoming convinced that he has somehow "dishonored" her or "questioned her honor" - over and over and over again. I'm glad I kept pushing through ...more
B. Jean
About 10% I was interested, and by 30% I was bored. The first 30% is talk of their upcoming wedding and how they can barely keep themselves contained. It takes about 50% in for ANY action to happen whatsoever, and that action is poorly done. Within seconds people are dead and an entire party destroyed. The timing was so off, it didn't make any sense. Not to mention leading up to that were 5 billion petty little squabbles that were awkwardly resolved within 5 pages.

80% and on was the only redeem
Really well written book!

Beautiful prose tells the lush setting very well. Great character development and the development of the love story is well done as well. (It’s a bit smutty in the middle, but I suppose it’s accurate- the ancient Greeks were pretty obsessed with sex, hah). Written and edited very well.

Really great romantic tale of Pirithous and Hippodamia. Great tragic retelling of the Centauromachy mythical story.
Debra Yaskow
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Mainly read because it was a Kindle Unlimited selection with Amazon. I had read the author's two books on Helen of Troy which were a fairly enjoyable read. This had too much romance for my tastes. I am not a prude. I just do not find bodice rippers & other such romantic books very interesting. I prefer more historical or educational content. ...more
Anneke Rondonuwu
DNF at 45%

at first I was surprised to find that this book is leaning towards erotic, rather than the greek mythology fantasy that i was hoping for.. not that i dislike some sizzles in romance. but this is not what i've expected. and eve so, I keep on going.

but, I just can't

the plot is weak and so messy.

it's frustrating me.
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Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at

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