The Horses at the Gate

The Horses at the Gate

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by Mary Mackey
     
 

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In the year 4368 B.C.E., Marrah, daughter of the peaceloving shore people, has fled captivity from the nomad warrior horde who have a lust for carnage and conquest that is alien to her. Across a landscape of frozen steppes and trackless forests, she and her companions must evade the horsemen before they reach her beloved homeland by the sweetwater sea. Making

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In the year 4368 B.C.E., Marrah, daughter of the peaceloving shore people, has fled captivity from the nomad warrior horde who have a lust for carnage and conquest that is alien to her. Across a landscape of frozen steppes and trackless forests, she and her companions must evade the horsemen before they reach her beloved homeland by the sweetwater sea. Making escape even more dangerous is the presence of her lover, Stavan, who has abandoned his place of honor among the nomads to join her in her flight and ally himself with the Mother Goddess.



"deserves a place on the shelves next to the works of Jean Auel" -Booklist



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The sequel to Mackey's Year the Horses Came transports us to northeastern Rumania and western Ukraine some six to eight thousand years ago. Drenched in blood sacrifice and hatred, the villain Changar vows revenge against Marrah and her gentle lover Stavan, a prehistoric New Age man and rightful heir to the Hansi throne, which has been usurped by the dead chief Zuhan's evil bastard son Vlahan, a devotee of rape and destruction. In the spirit of ancient adventure novels, this fictional clash of good and evil abounds with visions, omens, and goddesses and, like its predecessor, is based on archaeologist Marija Gimbutas' goddess-centered studies of old Europe. With an ending that readies readers for another in a series, it deserves a place on the shelves next to the works of Jean Auel.



Marrah is forced to put her convictions and courage to the supreme test—as she risks everything she and her people hold dear—in a struggle that will change the prehistoric world forever….



"A heart-pounding evocation whose lessons lie in the hearts of the characters."-Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul.



"Literary grace and powerful storytelling."-Theodore Roszak


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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While this may intrigue devotees of the Goddess, most fantasy readers and admirers of Jean Auel will find it trying. This sequel to The Year of the Horses continues the story of Marrah, one of the gentle matriarchal Motherpeople about to be overrun by the dreadful patriarchal nomads. In book One, Marrah was abducted by the nomads along with her brother Arang and her lover, Stavan, a nomad who had converted to the pacific ways of Marrah's people. Here, the three escape the nomadic Hansi and make their way back to the Motherlands. As luck (or history) would have it, they can't escape. When a nomad raiding party kidnaps Arang and Marrah's son, Stavan heads back north while Marrah becomes ``war queen'' in an effort to save her city. There is some absorbing detail about the period based largely on the work of the late European archeologist and author of The Civilization of the Goddess, Marija Gimbutas. But the characterizations of both groups are simplistic: e.g., the Motherpeople's daily activities include dancing naked by firelight, picking berries, sex and sacred rituals; nomads' include face scarring, rape, torture and drinking curdled mare's milk. The individual characters are also flatly didactic and humorless, and the dialogue can be downright awful (``Great Goddess, Morningstar, my dear, what terror you inspired!''). The truth is the Motherpeople as portrayed here are so cloying and tiresome that it's hard to mourn their passing. (Jan.)
Whitney Scott
The sequel to Mackey's "Year the Horses Came" transports us to northeastern Rumania and western Ukraine some six to eight thousand years ago. Drenched in blood sacrifice and hatred, the villain Changar vows revenge against Marrah and her gentle lover Stavan, a prehistoric New Age man and rightful heir to the Hansi throne, which has been usurped by the dead chief Zuhan's evil bastard son Vlahan, a devotee of rape and destruction. In the spirit of ancient adventure novels, this fictional clash of good and evil abounds with visions, omens, and goddesses and, like its predecessor, is based on archaeologist Marija Gimbutas' goddess-centered studies of old Europe. With an ending that readies readers for another in a series, it deserves a place on the shelves next to the works of Jean Auel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614308225
Publisher:
Lowenstein Associates
Publication date:
08/08/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
228,060
File size:
1 MB

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