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28 July 2007 @ 01:29 am
Book Recommendation  
I've been in the mood for some really good old fashioned fantasy with girl!power thrown in. And the Dark Horse series by Mary H. Herbert is definitely my favourite. :D

For me it's not really 'old' (even though it's from the realy nineties) because I stumbled over the books in 2002. *nods*

The first & second book are called Dark Horse and Lightning’s Daughter.
(German - these two books in one: Die Letzte Zauberin)
After her entire clan is massacred, a young woman assumes her brother’s identity and becomes a warrior - all to exact revenge upon the chieftain who ordered her family slain. But the chieftain, Lord Medb, has resurrected the forbidden art of sorcery and plans to destroy all who oppose him in this dark ages fantasy world. With the help of an intelligent, magical horse, the young warrior-woman goes against tradition and law to learn sorcery, all in the hope of thwarting Medb’s evil plans of conquest.

The third & last book are called City of the Sorcerers and Winged Magic.
(German - these two books in one: Die Tochter der Zauberin)
Peace has flourished for over twenty years on the Dark Horse Plains. Under the leadership of Lady Gabria and Lord Athlone, the outcast magic-wielders have gained a tenuous acceptance among their people. But when a devastating plague sweeps over the eleven Clans of Valorian, old suspicians of sorcery flare. The clans’ only hope for survival rests with a handful of young magic-wielders and their quest to the ruins of Moy Tura, ancient and feared city of the sorcerers.

The German titles fit the series a little better, especially the one of the second (The Daughter of the Sorceress). Between the first two and the last two books are roughly 20 years. The four books span two generations - Gabria and Athlone in the begining and then later their daughter Kelene.

I love, love the first two books the most. Herbert's style is fantastic - she's literally painting the scenes with her words and is letting you feel the emotions of her characters.

The most wonderful characters are the Hunnuli themselves. These magically bred horses choose and protect "good" sorcerers. They are large, black and elegant with a white lightning-bolt marking on their shoulder. Hunnuli are immune to magic and are fully sentient and can communicate telepathically with their sorcerer or sorceress. (Wiki)

Nara and Boreas made me fell in love with horses and are one of the reasons why we visit the horse ranch every year. *grins*

If you decide to give the series a chance, enjoy the journey. :) I know, I did! ♥

LJ ain't letting me do teh cut. *headdesk*
Jewelz: Dreaming My Dreamsthe_aloha_girl on July 28th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
You have perfect timing w/ this post (at least as far as I am concerned :). I finished Deathly Hallows and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy this month, and I have been longing something new and different to read. PLUS horses are my life (these two hold my heart). Anywho. Definitely going to check out the series. Thank you, thank you! :)
Mercy: [Stock] Starmercscilla on July 28th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh my god! They are two truely beautiful horses! ♥ I really like the one on the left. :D

Do they have names? (Silly me, of course they do. ^^')

Hopefully, you're going to like the series. I re-read the last few days and it's still as afascinating as when I read it the first time. :)

*huggles tight*
Jewelz: DH Quote: Ron the_aloha_girl on July 28th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hey, they do have names. :) I thought I'd share "a bit" about them, but out of courtesy to your journal, I posted the pics and info on mine (and then backdated it as to save my friends, LOL). HERE is names and a little more (like pics). I think said something about you saying you liked the horse in the right, and that surprising me, but now I reread your comment and...oh well! :) *hugs* I hope you enjoy!
Mercymercscilla on July 29th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)

I am SO IN LOVE with your beautiful horses!!!

Oh and I meant Misty. ^^'
(Anonymous) on July 28th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Hiya Mercy, Thank you so much for the cake on b-day. Sorry it has taken so long to reply, but I was in the middle of a play and now LJ won't let me login and the new password it has sent me won't work, hence the anon post. Again, thank you.
Mercy: [Stock] Heartmercscilla on July 29th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
*huggles* Gah, that really sucks! I'm sorry to hear that.

I hope your play was sucessful and that you get your LJ back soon. :)

Love you. ♥
frankscafefrankscafe on July 30th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Hiya, I finaly got LJ working, it banned me for a while cause it wouldn't accept the password they sent me and booted me.

Love you too, thank you again for the little cake, it's soooo cute and very nice of you to remember my b-day.

Mercy: [Bones] Bones - blue girlmercscilla on July 30th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
*throws confetti* Man, I'm so glad to hear you're back. :) Stoopid LJ. *phew*

Anytime, hon. :D *hugs tight*
taru_croft on August 6th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
Sounds good!Maybe I'll book & read few of those books later,when I have read all the books which I have booked already (Seriously that sentence of mine gives me gray hairs *lol*)
Mercy: [SGA] Elizabeth - heaven sentmercscilla on August 6th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
I think you were talking about books... yes, I'm sure you were talking about that. *gigglez*

Enjoy your books!!!!!