The Mark of the Horse Lord

The Mark of the Horse Lord

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The Mark of the Horse Lord 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
krim More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in my twenties, and it remains in my top 10, no matter the intended audience. Her historical fiction is amazing.
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I read "Mark of the Horse Lord" when I was in middle school, and it became my idea of perfect historical fiction. Rosemary Sutcliff make ancient Britain move and breathe. You will find yourself rooting for Phaedrus as if he were a younger brother. Details of daily life along with a spellbinding story combine to create a trip to the past from the comfort of an armchair. The ending is perhaps a little sad for a younger child, but it's perfectly in keeping with the realities of those times. This story defines a hero as a hero should be defined -- not as the smartest or most beautiful or luckiest person, but as the leader that puts the good of his group above his own. A great message in our times where greed is admired over truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book my children, wh are all now in their twenties, tell me they still remember vividly the summer that I read this book aloud to them, and that they wept when I read the ending (the ending will break your heart). It is the story of Phaedrus, a half-Briton, half-Greek slave who is sold to a gladiator school in Roman Britain when he is a teenager, and who wins his freedom in a gladitorial contest where he must kill his best friend. When he is given the Wodden Foil, he has no idea what he can do, now that he is free, because he has been a slave all his life. He is sought out by a group of Chiefta from the northern part of the British island, who are Irish Gaels in what will become Scotland. Phaedrus is almost identical in appearance to the former prince of the tribe, Midir, who was deposed by Lidiane, a ruthless Queen who had Midir blinded so that he could not be her successor. The chieftains are plotting her overthrow, and they coach Phaedrus to impersonate Midir and take over the tribe, to become the Horse Lord. He goes north, and learns to love his adopted people as he leads them, and he falls in love with Murna, Lidiane's daughter, who is forced to marry Phaedrus/Midir, but who gradually comes to love him as well. He leads the tribe in battle, and wins, and then disaster strikes. The story is fast-paced, and wonderfully researched. Sutcliff vividly recreates Roman Britain around 200 AD. You really feel that these people lived, and you come to know them as complex characters. Phaedrus especially remains in your memory long after the book is finished. A great book for both children and adults!!