Judith Tarr The Shepherd Kings (Epona)

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The Shepherd Kings (Epona)

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The Kingdom of Lower Egypt has been occupied for a hundred years by the Shepherd Kings, the Hyksos, conquerors from the East who came with horses and dreadful war chariots to crush the foot soldiers of Pharoah. All of Lower Egypt is occupied by foreign lords, including the ancient household of The Sun Ascendant, where a young woman named Iry was once the lady of the holding and is now a slave.

But there is a change in the wind-the holding has passed to the son of a woman of a Far-Eastern tribe, a Priestess of Horse Goddess, and with him comes the living incarnation of the Goddess, the White Mare. The Mare has driven her people to Egypt in the wake of the foreign kings and, to the horror of the invaders, chooses Iry to be her Servant and Chief Priestess.

And now the Pharoah Ahmose, who still rules the Upper Kingdom, will move to take back the Lower Kingdom by making a two-fold alliance: with the seafaring empire of Crete, and with Horse Goddess herself.

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About the Author:

Judith Tarr is the author of more than twenty widely praised novels, including The Throne of Isis, White Mare's Daughter, and Queen of Swords, as well as five previous volumes in the Avaryan Chronicles: The Hall of the Mountain King, The Lady of Han-Gilen and A Fall of Princes (collected in one volume as Avaryan Rising), Arrows of the Sun, and Spear of Heaven. A graduate of Yale and Cambridge University, Judith Tarr holds degrees in ancient and medieval history, and breeds Lipizzan horses at Dancing Horse Farm, her home in Vail, Arizona.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Horse-breeder Tarr, a Yale-Cambridge graduate in history, switched horses recently, from writing 500-page ancient and medieval historical doorstoppers (Queen of Swords, 1997, etc.) to mythicizing Old Europe in Neolithic times (White Mare's Daughter, 1998). In her last epic, set in what is now Kiev, the Great Goddess Epona was incarnated in the majestic White Mare. Here, Tarr moves to Lower Egypt in the days of the Hyksos chariot warrior-conquerors known as the Shepherd Kings. The Goddess of the White Mare has moved as well and has chosen an Egyptian girl to be her new priestess and to ally the Lower Kingdom with the Upper Kingdom, ruled by Ahmose. Historically, the Hyksos have remained a mystery, although it was once thought they were a Semitic people who introduced the horse to Egyptbut all of this is far from precise, owing to recent archaeological excavations. Thus Tarr's Bronze Age draws largely from the same mythic well of imagination as White Mare's Daughter. Though she takes fewer liberties with her Egyptians than she did with the peoples in her earlier novel, she says evidence exists of a tribe of Amazons somewhere in central and western Asia. Quick moving, with just enough depth to lend some roundness to highly active figures otherwise as flat as wall paintings. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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