This is a really good read. A young woman is the first female to answer "The Call". She faces animosity and ridicule from the horse masters. But she is determined to stay. When she is favored by the magical white horses herlife is forever changed. This is a book/trilogy you can get lost in.
Tales are told of the mysterious, powerful Mountain where the godspowerful beings in the form of white horseslive. But Valeria knows no woman has ever been called to the Mountain. Until she feels a strange pull and answers the callas 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 give the barbarians a way into the Mountain. And so the Empire now depends on the will, the strength and the loyalty of one Rider. A Rider who has been rejected by all but the gods
I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down. The author captured the essence of the characters in a way that made them seem real. The magical aspects were wrought by a clever hand who did not make them seem overdone, but beautiful & terrifying by turns. I will definitely be reading the others in this series.
I really thought I would like this book, I really did! It started off so well, very Harry Potter like with the herioine headed off to this mystical school where she was to learn about the White Horse Gods...but as it went on and on and on...it lost its thrill.
I can't really say why. The plot though intending to become more intense, only became more and more dull. The whole plot is culminating in this "Dance" and though it is obviously important to the story, the author fails to explain WHY this "dance" is so important. I guess it can change the course of stuff...but who really cares?
Mostly, this book is made up of lots of sex and torture, two things that in my opinion are not really related, so all and all this book was a stinker.
This was a wonderful book that had me reading well into the night. It is a first book from this author for me, but am anxious to start the second in the trilogy.
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. A good read.
Despite some mixed reviews I picked this book up and was glad I did. It is a solidly put together romantic fantasy which combines many new elements with familar traditional themes. I do agree with many other reviewers that at times I wanted to give up on this book but I am glad I didn't. It really is a nice novel and I look forward to reading the other books in the trilogy.
I will admit that the protagonist's character's flaws are maddening and make it really hard to be sympathetic with her. In addition her seemingly inane affair with a traitor to her country (all while professing her love to some one else) is a difficult pill for the reader to easily swallow. Still I enjoyed the realistic portrayl of the stallions and enjoyed the interesting take of 'Horses as God' that this novel presents.
I would say this book is a winner despite the frustrating romantic entanglements.
This is a great light read. Better than normal romance novel fluff.