The White Mare's Daughter (Epona)

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An exciting and passionate epic of the dawn of history in the bestselling tradition of The Mists of Avalon and Valley of the Horses

Millions of readers have thrilled to such stirring sagas of early history as Jean Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear, Kathleen and Michael Gear's People of the Earth, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon. The audience for these epic tales of heroic adventure, passionate romance, and ancient gods and goddesses continues to grow, and readers have been clamoring for more.

Now, with White Mare's Daughter, Judith Tarr answers that demand, with a sweeping saga that expertly blends all of the elements that made these works into international bestsellers: A courageous heroine driven by a powerful vision. A great love story filled with stirring romance and ardent passion. A turbulent, forgotten age when the Great Goddess was still worshipped openly.

It is the gripping saga of Sarama, the beautiful, headstrong young priestess of a nomadic warrior band, whose majestic white horse is the incarnation of the Goddess Epona on Earth. Her fateful odyssey to a great city where women still rule unleashes an epic and violent clash of cultures that changes the course of history. Filled with impressive characters, heart-stopping adventure, turbulent action, and unbridled desire, White Mare's Daughter is a breakthrough novel that is sure to win this master storyteller a host of devoted new readers.

"A remarkably believable story with a rich sense of time and place". -- Jean Auel on Lord of the Two Lands

"Seduction, power and politics are the order of the day". -- Library Journal on Throne of Isis

"Judith Tarr is as confident in describing the battlefields ofwar as she is in exploring the conflicts of love". -- Washington Post

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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.

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Culture clashes, war and goddess worship set the stage for Tarr's well rounded and lively prehistoric epic set in Eastern Europe circa 4500 B.C. Among the nomadic White Horse tribe, tomboyish Sarama is the servant of the White Mare, the incarnation of the Horse Goddess. Because of her station, Sarama is allowed freedom denied to women of the White Horse, but she never feels truly comfortable in the tribe. So when the Goddess wills her to seek out the legendary civilization where women are rumored to be kings, Sarama is relieved to follow her duty. Her quest brings her to the western land held by the Lady (another representation of the Goddess), a place that has never seen a man in power, a horseAor war. Sarama soon realizes that her destiny is to teach this peaceful society to fight against the inevitable advancement of the tribes. But she doesn't know that it will be her twin brother, Agni, who will lead the invasion. Tarr's skillful juxtaposition of two vastly different yet spiritually similar societies gives a sharp edge to this feminist epic. She focuses the plot on the personal struggles of Sarama, Agni and the Lady's people as they struggle to understand each other's cultures, and she delves into the implications of the societies' inescapable meetingAthe destruction of matriarchal society. Although the narrative is somewhat encumbered by frothy narration, Tarr's fully fleshed-out characters and solid, intricate plotting add depth to an entertaining saga.
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