Synopses & Reviews
"The Arthurian flavor is well maintained throughout, and both characterizations and events are totally convincing."
Lord Artos--later to rule as the legendary King Arthur--knew he could defeat the Saxon invaders if only he could find a race of horses swift and strong enough to carry warriors in full regalia, fast and far. And so he set out for the Continent, in search of the famed horses of the desert.
The key to Lord Artos's plan was the young runaway Galwyn Varianus, whose gift for horse-trading was second only to his skill with horses. What no one expected was how crucial Galwyn would be to the upcoming battles--as he mastered the secrets of the iron shoes that would protect the desert horses' delicate hooves . . .
This fast-moving historical fantasy by bestselling author Anne McCaffrey--the story of King Arthur as it has never been told before---is about the beginnings of the British cavalry, as recounted by a boy growing up in exciting and perilous times.
"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."
About the Author
Anne McCaffrey is one of the world's most popular authors. Her first novel was published in l967. Since then, she has written dozens of books, of which there are more than twelve million copies in print. Before her success as a writer, she was involved in theatre. She directed the American premiere of Carl Orff's Ludus de Nato Infante Mirificus, in which she also played a witch.
McCaffrey lives in County Wicklow, Ireland, in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, so named because she had to dig out a hill to build it. There she runs a private livery stable, raising and training her beloved horses for horse trials and showjumping.
From the Paperback edition.