Ride the Gods Own Stallion, Toby Diane Lee Wilson, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
But in Nineveh, the seat of the ancient
"Better that you'd never been born." His father's bitter words torment Soulai. Even worse, he fears they may be true. Soulai isn't brave like his sister. He isn't an accomplished harness maker like his father. He is just a boy who likes to sculpt clay horsesso unimportant that his own father has sold him into slavery.
But in Nineveh, the seat of the ancient Assyrian kingdom, Soulai gets his first glimpse of a stallion named Ti; a horse so regal he bears the mark of the gods. Like Soulai, Ti is owned by the spoiled young Prince Habasle. And like Soulai, the stallion's courage is questioned. Prince Habasle believes that Ti's strange markings promise a future of greatnessa grand destiny liked to Habasle's own determination to become king. As Soulai is suddenly swept into the dangerous world of palace intrigue where his life, as well as Ti's, is put at risk, he can only wonder: Will he find the courage to make a mark of his own?
Diane Lee Wilson brings to life an exotic, fascinating world in this moving and inspiring epic adventure of two very different boys and the horse that stands between them; three unlikely allies, each bound for his own kind of greatness.
Another robust, horsey historical tale from the author of I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade, this one set in and around Nineveh, capital of the Assyrian Empire. Sold into slavery by his father to pay a debt, Soulai transfers his delight in making horses from clay to caring for the real things in the royal stables. Ti, a spirited, parti-colored stallion with marking thought to indicate a god's approval, becomes a particular favorite. Then Soulai's arrogant owner, young Prince Habasle, takes Ti out on a disastrous lion hunt. Returning with terrible wounds and a broken spirit, the horse becomes a link between the proud, ambitious, tough-minded prince and his sensitive, outraged slave. While Ti gradually regains his health and inner fire, Habasle and Soulai reluctantly learn to depend on each other as they face life-threatening challenges in the wild, and in the intrigue-rife palace. Both young people grow and develop considerably in the course of their shared adventures, becoming in the end not conventional friends but respectful associates, with qualities in common but very different paths to follow. It's gripping, vivid storytelling, and Ti is a strong a presence in the story as any of the human characters. (Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review))
Author Biography: Diane Lee Wilson is an accomplished horsewoman and the author of I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and was awarded a silver medal by the Commonwealth Club of California. She was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and a starred Publishers Weekly review praised the novel as "No ordinary horse story, Wilson races out of the gate with her debut...horse livers or not, readers will be riveted." To Ride the Gods' Own Stallion was inspired in part by the powerful bas-relief sculptures discovered in the ruins at Nineveh, which chronicle the exploits of the warrior kings of ancient Assyria. Ms. Wilson lives with her husband and daughter in Escondido, California.
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