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The Mountain's Call (White Magic #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,104 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Tales are told of the mysterious, powerful Mountain where the gods--powerful beings in the form of white horses--live. But Valeria knows no woman has ever been called to the Mountain. Until she feels a strange pull and answers the call--as a boy....When her secret is discovered Valeria loses all that she's won. Her anger and frustration with the Empire might be enough to g ...more
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Published September 1st 2006 by Luna Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Vinaya
So. Hello Goodreads. This feels a little weird, being back after half a year, so I'm going to try to slip in quietly instead of drumrolling it. I've spent the last six months in refugee camps in jungles and swamps and beaches and internet has been a rare and mostly absent luxury, so i feel like one of those Third Rock from the Sun people. But the good thing is, no laptop meant paper books after a long time, which meant no YA books which meant I actually started expanding my reading tastes again ...more
Pygmy
Mar 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Autumn
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: favorites
This is a very intriguing fantasy. It is about gods who run on a mountain as horses, the young men who are alive with magic that care for and ride the gods and a troubled society. The main character is a girl pulled into an all male society who must pose as a boy.
I don't read a lot of fantasy but this book really drew me in. It is coming of age story, Valeria must find her place in a world that says she is not allowed to follow the path her heart is telling her she must.
There are some heart wre
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Pamela
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling read - just couldn't put it down. Yes, there's a theme of infidelity which is uncomfortable but juxtaposed against the theme of sacrifice for the good. Horses and magic - wonderful!
Haya
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amanda  Beeks
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. The pull of animal magic was so great that she could not ignore it. The details in this book describing the characters is so great that I could picture the characters in my head. The humiliation for the main character was hard but she pulled beyond it to save all in the end despite what was happening to her. I cannot wait for the next book.
Kc Conti
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
This was a wonderful story. I can't wait for the other books. I must say I have a greater appreciation for the horses in this story because as I was reading this I was reading THE PERFECT HORSE. Strongly recommend both!
Bridgette Redman
Luna, the new kid on the block when it comes to fantasy novels, continues to demonstrate it plans to be a powerhouse. Indeed, they’re likely to succeed if they keep publishing novels like The Mountain’s Call.

This romantic fantasy features Valeria, a woman called to the Mountain where the white gods reign. In our world, we would label the white gods Lipizzaner stallions. In Caitlin Brennan’s world, they are gods who call their riders to be trained at the mountain. They Dance, and that Dance cont
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Kerry
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 10, 2005
Each year, a call goes out from the Mountain and the gods that live there in the form of white stallions, seeking boys to become Riders. Now, something monumental is changing. Valeria has received the Call, even though she is a girl. Unable to turn away from it, she disguises herself as a boy and sets out for the Mountain. On the way there she is first rescued from a pack of nobles by a stranger, who finds her a safer passage as part of a caravan. It is there that she meets Euan Roe, a barbarian ...more
Scabble Moon
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems I'm not that into horses.
Alicia Aringdale
Nov 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Tanya
Aug 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Read. Run. Study.

Let me start by saying I only managed to finish the first 130 pages (~25%) of the book. Consider this a warning if you don’t believe people should review books they didn’t finish.

I picked up The Mountain’s Call because the title was intriguing, the cover was beautiful, and the synopsis sounded unique. It was an unknown quantity that unfortunately didn’t pan out. Reviews suggested people either loved it or hated it – I apparently fell on the side of the latte
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Miranda
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
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Deborah Ross
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under her various pen names, Judith Tarr has long been one of my favorite authors, particularly when she writes about horses. This book is full of horse-magic, the usual kind because they're so marvelous and the special kind created by the "white gods" of Aurelia as they Dance the patterns of the world. One moment they're ordinary "fat white ponies," but don't let that fool you. We all know their wisdom and power run far, far deeper. I especially loved how their motives and values are not always ...more
WillowBe
This is the second time I've read this book. I think i originally read it in 2003, so it's been bot 7 years. I knew kind of how it ended, who lived and died, but Iremembered nothing of the events, which surprised me in their intensity. I didn't expect torture and to figure so prominently in the book. I enjoyed the earthy sensuality/sexuality with the "bad boy" and her true completion with the one who truly fit in her heart and life.

In a way, it reminds me of the Dragon series by Patricia Briggs-
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Melinda
2.5 Stars
DNF
I would like to give this book a higher rating, but I can't justify it considering that I didn't finish it.
I abruptly stopped reading not quite halfway through - I did make a concentrated effort to pick it up again but... I could only force myself to slog through a tiny bit more before putting it down again. That was a while ago, I still don't feel like picking it up again, so I concede defeat, I have to leave this one unfinished.
The problems I had with this book were an odd combinat
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Angela R.
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love horses and the fantasy/magic genre, you'll love this book. As a lifetime horseperson, I'm usually disappointed by authors who clearly have never touched a real horse in their lives. But Caitlin Brennan obviously has a strong background in horses and her accuracy shows up in her writing.

I read this book years ago and had forgotten all about it, but recently rediscovered it and re-read it. I have to say that I loved it even more the second time around. I think that because I am not ol
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Liz H {Redd's Reads}
This was my second read through, but I had originally read it a couple years after its original release (back in 2008) when I was part of Luna's mailing program. It was also around the same time that I was reading Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books. Both series feature magical white horses that have more sense than humans. They also both feature gender inequality and bullying issues. Caitlin Brennan presents an intriguing tale about a girl who just wants to follow her destiny, but the patriarchy o ...more
Elizabeth
Apr 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
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Randi
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
PG-13
It was an interesting premise, for sure. The whole "strong woman leading role" thing is starting to wear on me, though. These girls need flaws! And not sexual ones, though that may have been the author's idea of diversifying her character, but it just made me like her less. I just find it hard to believe that a girl living with her family and just coming into marriageable age (which is in the early to mid-teens) and is also a victim of an almost-rape turns into a sex-aholic. What does she e
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Theresa
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachie
Sep 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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Yune
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The premise sounds a little like Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar -- girl gets called to become a rider of one of the gods, who are horse-shaped -- but it's got more grit and less angst. I was pleasantly surprised by the gray-shaded relationships but wearily annoyed by the big misunderstanding genre of romantic conflict.

There are some sensible characters in here, but also a couple of caricature bad guys, and a surprisingly constrained feel to a world that's supposed to encompass an empire and more. It
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Amber
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with low expectations. My first encounter with this author was in her book the House of Star. Fortunately I stuck with the book and I am glad to have read it. The beginning of the book is vague and leaves a lot to be desired in plot, detail, and character development however, she gets better in her second and third books in this series. This book is cleverly and beautifully worded. It's a good story and I love how the author refers to the Lipizzaner stallions and the airs above ...more
Kristyn
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This world didn't pull me in. I couldn't imagine being in it and even if I did there wasn't anything that would make me think wow this would be an interesting world to live in. There wasn't one character that I really felt like I got to know or even like. A lot of the time their behavior didn't seem particularly realistic.

While I did manage to finish this book I don't feel compelled to read more of the series. It wasn't terrible and it was a decent time waster when I had nothing better to do or
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Abigail
I quite enjoyed this book and probably will be getting the rest of the trilogy. my only complaints is that the magic is often unexplained and new talents seem to appear when needed, a small problem but sometimes took me out of the story. The main character also survives a attack by a group of nobles, realistically any woman would be affected by rape even attempted rape but she seems unconcerned and is soon enthusiastically bedding the barbarian prince. Some fear or even anger would have been a m ...more
Kate
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Erin
After I got past the idea that a theme I'd read many times in childhood was the starting point for this, very adult, novel I really enjoyed myself. The pacing was good, the characters interesting and the climax was actually pretty dramatic. The only irritants were the occasions where a man didn't quite fulfill Valeria's needs and was immediately demoted to "vermin" but then, when the man she knew was using her to further his traitorous plotting comes calling, it's all "my body wants him." Overal ...more
D
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well. It began well. I really enjoyed the story itself. However, the romantic side of this story was rough. I felt like the relationship with Kerric was very rushed. I felt like some of the intimacy scenes were very unrealistic (because they followed some incidents involving rape). And then there were a few moments were the relationship with Euan seemed very true to real life. I have very mixed feelings.
Life's-a-Book
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Thoughts: This series is seriously underrated, probably because the cover is so ugly it scared off any potential customers. Valeria is the strong character that a lot of YA heroines try to be. The plot is engaging and the characters are lovable, the only part about this book that i had trouble with was the horses. I couldn't visualize the horses and the magic. The plot and characters carried the story for me, but i found the world building to be difficult to wrap my head around.
Destiney
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A pseudonym used by Judith Tarr.

Caitlin Brennan believes wholeheartedly in the writer's favorite adage, "Write what you know." She is a history buff and a lifelong reader and writer of fantasy, and she breeds and trains Lipizzan horses--the original "White Gods." She lives near Tucson, Arizona, with her stallion, Pluto Carrma III, and his herd of Ladies and his rival the Evil Gelding, along with f
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