Black Horses for the King

Black Horses for the King

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Galwyn, the son of a bankrupt and dishonored aristocrat, has always had an ear for languages. So when Lord Artos--later known as King Arthur--needs an interpreter to help him buy large horses to breed a troop strong enough to carry armed warriors against the Saxon invaders, Galwyn gets a chance to redeem his father's honor and make a name for himself. Includes an author's note..
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 217 pages
  • 106.68 x 170.18 x 20.32mm | 136.08g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0152063781
  • 9780152063788
  • 88,884

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"This fast-moving historical fantasy by bestselling author Anne McCaffrey traces the beginnings of the British cavalry, as recounted by a boy growing up in exciting and perilous times. After his father's death, young Galwyn Varianus is apprenticed to his uncle, who puts the boy to work on the high seas. But horses, not ships, are Galwyn's passion. Luckily, a passenger aboard, Lord Artos (later to rule as the legendary King Arthur), is bound for the great horse fair at Septimania. Risking his life, Galwyn abandons his uncle to serve the gallant leader. Galywn's calming way with horses quickly impresses Lord Artos and his men. But what no one expects is how crucial Galwyn will be to their upcoming battles--as he masters the secrets of the iron shoes that will protect the exotic horses' delicate hooves. . . .
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 The wonderful horse lore, the great and charismatic figure of Arthur, and the sympathetic hero all come together to make an engrossing and realistic Arthurian novel." "The Horn Book" The wonderful horse lore, the great and charismatic figure of Arthur, and the sympathetic hero all come together to make an engrossing and realistic Arthurian novel. "The Horn Book"" "The wonderful horse lore, the great and charismatic figure of Arthur, and the sympathetic hero all come together to make an engrossing and realistic Arthurian novel."--The Horn Book "The Arthurian flavor is well maintained throughout, and both characterizations and events are totally convincing."--"Booklist "McCaffrey's unromanticized portrait of the times is full of muck and grit, and horse lovers and fans of historical fiction will find much to enjoy in the details.""--Library Journal
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2,628 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 29% (768)
4 35% (930)
3 28% (740)
2 6% (147)
1 2% (43)

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Galwyn Varianus's life has never been easy. When his father died he was apprenticed to his cruel uncle on a trading vessel, though all he wanted to do was stay shore-bound and work with horses. But when Lord Artos calls upon Galwyn to help him bargain for horses for his Companions, Galwyn's life changes completely. Once Lord Artos - the man who will become the legendary King Arthur - sees Galwyn's calming way with horses, Galwyn is invited to join the Companions in their quest for great warrior steeds. On this quest, Galwyn faces a perilous journey over land and sea to find and transport the horses, not to mention treachery from inside the ranks of the Companions -but the danger isn't over even when they reach their destination: Camelot. BLACK HORSES FOR THE KING is not your traditional rendition of the King Arthur legend. Many familiar characters, including Guinevere, Merlin, and Lancelot, do not appear in this book, and others, including Arthur himself, take a keen eye to recognize. Rather than being a version of the story of King Arthur, it is a deftly crafted tale that might have been true, a story that might have given rise to the traditional legend. The book appeals to both well-read readers of Arthurian tales and readers of historical fiction, as Arthurian elements are present if one keeps a sharp eye out, and it remains an engaging work of historical fiction even without its connection to legend.show more
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