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Blood Red Horse (The de Granville Trilogy #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,615 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
You need three things to become a brave and noble knight:
A warhorse.
A fair maiden.
A just cause.

Will has a horse—a small chestnut stallion with a white blaze in his brow. Ellie is a fair maiden, but she’s supposed to marry Will’s older brother, Gavin. And as for the cause, King Richard is calling for a Crusade. The Knights of England must go to the Holy Land to fight.
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Walker & Company (first published February 1st 2004)
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nicole
Jun 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Intense ten year olds and up
Overall good, and a good message (hey, Muslims are people too! And you know war? What is it good for? I mean, aside from proving one's love to God/Allah/Baby Jesus? ABSOLUTLY NOOTHINGGG.) but a pretty tough read for the age intended (10+), and at times seemingly neverending... Or maybe it's just that one battle seems about the same to me as any other. Anyway, I never suspected I would like a book about the crusades, and I definitely never thought I would take interest in a book where a horse pla ...more
Angie
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns, ya
How about that cover! That cover had me at hello. With the crusaders coming on and the golden keyhole doorway? The title and tagline--"Two boys. One girl. The adventure of a lifetime"--didn't hurt either. I passed it on an endcap in a bookstore almost exactly four years ago. I actually completed an about face when I saw it, coming to a screeching halt to admire the general loveliness. The book came out in 2004, but it took me a couple of years to cotton onto it. I'll tell you one thing though--I ...more
Duffy Pratt
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea of this book: a YA novel focusing on a young knight who accompanies Richard the Lionhearted on the Third Crusade. And it wasn't badly done, but wasn't very good either. The characters, with one exception, are flat and exactly what you would expect. The story lacks any drama, and feels more like Grant is ticking off boxes in the considerable historical research she has done. And uniting it all is the disturbing notion that one particular horse is more worthwhile than any of the p ...more
Sammy
May 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-the-best
Okay. This book was awesome... but I have to say it's a very specific drama... or at least it's not really going to hit all readers. If you like horses, you'll like this book. If you like history, especially English history, even more specifically history about the crusades, you like this book. When it all comes down to it, that's really what this book is about. But even if you aren't interested in those things, I must say you should really give this book a chance, because it was excellent.

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This adventurous book is about the journey of two brothers, Gavin and Will de Granville, their father, Sir Thomas de Granville of Hartslove, and a horse, Hosanna. It takes place in the third installment of the Crusades. It starts when Gavin and Will are young, and Will (the younger of the two brothers) is finally able to choose his very own stallion. The young men soon fight in the Holy War led by King Richard the Lionheart. The journey to the Holy Land is tough and harsh; knights and horses los ...more
Magnus
Oct 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Over all I did not enjoy reading this book. I thought the language was was way to rich and thick for this type of book. I'm not one hundred percent sure if I read it right or maybe I just need to try it again. When I read it we had to write a sticky note for every single page of the book, It destroyed its chances of become a good book in my eyes. But the first time I read it just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Overall my high expectations of this book were not reached nor in the ballpark ...more
Lira
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I was clinging to it, barely willing to put it down for any reason. It was suspensful, amazingly written, and I connected with the characters.
Chachic
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Originally posted here.

I became curious about Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant back when Angie did a Retro Friday review of it. It seemed like a very interesting, under-the-radar historical fiction novel. I was delighted when I found a bargain copy of it in one of the used bookstores in Manila. I thought the cover looked great and I liked the gold accents in the design. That copy has been patiently waiting in my TBR pile for years. Since I’ve been trying to be better about reading books that I have
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Steph
Apr 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Worst. Book. Ever. Lit teachers wouldn't know a good book if I throw it at their faces!
Ibelin
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: very-much-yes
HOSANNA IS A MARY SUE.

When I read this book as a young teenager it traumatized me. Now it's kind of hard to see why I had that reaction. Because people like... change over time? Gasp. Because not all "happy endings" are clear-cut and 100% pure joy? I honestly don't know. It doesn't seem all that traumatizing now. "Bittersweet" is as far as I would go, probably.

I still loved this book a lot, though. Listen. I love the crusades so much. The Third Crusade in particular is my specific weakness, and
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Alex Schmidt
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Okay, before I proceed to explain why I gave this book only two stars, I would like to make it clear that the de Granville Trilogy as a whole is absolutely fantastic, and definitely worth your time if you're into heroic fantasy/ historical fiction (or horses)!

However, "Blood Red Horse" by itself isn't that great... Let me explain.

It's too "fast" One of the main problems with this book is that it covers a relatively long time period (from 1185 to 1193) in just 200-something pages. As a result, th
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Sarah
Dec 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 6th-9th-grades
William and Gavin de Granville are adolescent brothers who live in Hartslove castle in England. Destined for knighthood, they both love riding horses and have natural competition between them. When William, the younger of the two, finally gets the chance to choose a Great Horse—a horse used in battle (Gavin already has one named Montlouis)—he ends up choosing a beautiful smaller horse instead. Everyone is shocked by this decision, as William has wanted a proper battle horse forever. However, Hos ...more
Christina
Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
First in a trilogy set in 12th century England, this book introduces us to the de Granville brothers, William and his older brother Gavin, and the girl, Ellie, who has grown up in their household after her parents died. Ellie comes from a rich family, and is expected to marry Gavin--but she is better friends with William. It's also the story of a brilliant red horse named Hosanna, who becomes William's battle horse when he is knighted and sent off on Crusade to Jerusalem. Very good historical no ...more
Aimee
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-zephyr
For once, a book lives up to its billing. It's a grand adventure that takes place during the time of the Crusades. It's advertised for middle school students and it truly is. There are deep moral questions but also exciting battles, which are too vivid for younger children. Horse lovers will find a lot to love in this story. This is the kind of book that you remember for a long time, and would lend itself well to classroom discussions. I can imagine that if I had read it as a child, I would stil ...more
Heather
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book while I was going through grad school, and I absolutely loved it! It's the first part of a trilogy called the DeGranville Trilogy. I love a good Historical Fiction novel, and this one is set during the Crusades: Will has a horse—a small chestnut stallion with a white blaze in his brow. Ellie is a fair maiden, but she’s supposed to marry Will’s older brother, Gavin. And as for the cause, King Richard is calling for a Crusade. The Knights of England must go to the Holy Land to fig ...more
Alisa
Jun 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't as beautifully written as some YA fiction, but that said, the author skillfully and naturally worked in lots of great words like "chivied" (I'm always on the look out for good vocabulary) and the story is compelling. My favorite aspect of the book is the way the author presented both sides of the third crusade fairly and without creating good guys or bad guys. As a middle school teacher, I also like the fact that the author's representaion of the fighting over the Holy Land betwe ...more
Jessica
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Well written and fast paced. But I got the impression that the author was telling us there were more paths to God then through Christ alone? Didn't Jesus say "I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me"? Definitely not a "Christian" book, but an interesting historical read all the same.
Olivia
Mar 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-school
This book easily goes down as the worst book I have ever read and probably ever will read. I forced my way through half of it and quit because I had had homework passes and didn't have to do the accompanying assignment. I do not recommend this book to anyone who would like to keep their brain cells. I feel horrible for writing such a horrible review, but it is my honest opinion.
Leonore
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
Words cannot express how much I love, love, love this book.
Emily
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Meh...I think it might just be timing, but I just could not get into this book at all. I didn't feel attached to any of the characters, I'm not much of a horse person and this is a pretty horse-centric story, and I just have too much on my plate right now to try to push through it. I didn't hate it, it was well-written, it just wasn't keeping my attention.
Sagittarian Starr *Official book crazy*
Not the kind of book I'd usually grab off the shelves, but that's what most books you read for school are like. They start out super lame, with literally no point, and when you finish it you get goosebump spasms. Full review to come.
Megan
I read this years and years ago back in my late primary school years and really loved it. The school library had the third book in the trilogy, but unfortunately not the second book. Maybe one day I'll go back and revisit the series from start to finish.
Colleen
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Blood Red Horse turned out to be a pretty good book, but quite frankly, I was mildly disappointed it didn't live up to its initial promise. It was quite funny in the beginning and I was looking forward to getting to know the characters, especially those that made up the "love triangle"--William, Gavin, and Ellie. Character development was good in two--Gavin and Ellie, but not so for William. There were fleeting moments when I thought he might be interesting, but here's the problem, and it's a bi ...more
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meredith
Mar 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Will is a young noble growing up in England, where he knows two things: he must follow King Richard in the Crusades, and he needs an amazing warhorse to accomplish that. When his father finally gives him the chance to pick a charger, something draws him instead to a small red horse. No one expects this horse, named Hosanna, to be much of anything; some mock him for making the choice to take such a puny horse into battle. But time and time again Hosanna saves not only Will but those around him. H ...more
Hulltyl16
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tyler J. Hull
Callies A4
English 9
June 3, 2013

Blood red horse is the first book in it’s astounding trilogy written by K.M. Grant. The Book takes place in the crusades between the Christians and the sacrens during the 1600s. The main character Will de Granville, struggles to survive and thrive, as a growing knight in a ever growing kingdom. But he was swept of his journey by a Blood Red Horse. This book has a romantic twist to it between the two brothers and the girl they grew up with. This book
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Jared
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
A historical fiction following the events of two brothers, William and Gavin, and William's extraordinary horse Hosanna as they travel to the Holy Land to battle alongside Richard the Lionheart as he attempts Jerusalem, this novel is good for teenagers or younger who have an interest in history, the crusades, and horses. It is a neat account of how devotion towards a similar idea (such as a horse) can bring the unlikeliest people together -- or how caring for an animal can temper one's own fault ...more
Keri Francis
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Social Studies teacher
Recommended to Keri by: Mrs.Phillips
The book Blood Red Horse by K. M. Grant gave a great look into the 1800 times. When war was more occurring. This book is about two boy, one girl, and a horse. Both boys being brother; Gavin the older brother and William the younger brother. In between the brothers is Ellie who has feelings for William, but is betrothed to his older brother Gavin. A crusade is announced and the brother are to go to battle.

The fist few chapter give you the basics about the three main characters. It begins with wh
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Hannah Bendull
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Blood Red Horse, by K. M. Grant is about a boy and a horse. The Third Crusade is starting and every man is stepping forward to do God's work under King Richard's command. William, the second son of a noble family, is about to ride into war and needs a reliable mount. Enter Hosanna, a deep red chestnut horse who although small and fast, has everyone convinced that the stallion is not meant for war due to refusing to be tamed. While Hosanna and William bond over bruises and mishaps, his brother G ...more
Monica Rico
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this first book of The de Granville Triology, Will, a young knight goes off to fight in the first crusade along with his Father, and his brother Will. Every knight has his own warhorse and when Will finally is able to choose his own, he chooses a small hazel colored horse unlike any other and names it Hosanna. They might seem like the weaklings among the rest of the knights but they soon prove themselves worthy as they march on wards to battle to reclaim the Holy Land. They fight with all the ...more
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K. M. GRANT was inspired by her own family history to write How the Hangman Lost His Heart. Her ancestor, Colonel Francis Towneley, or Uncle Frank, was the last man in Britain to by hanged, drawn, and quartered. His head was passed down for generations of her family until it was finally reunited with his body just after World War II, when it was buried at St. Peter’s Church. It was Uncle Frank’s c ...more
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