Item description for The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff...
Overview Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the now blind displaced King of the Scots, former gladiator and slave Phaedrus impersonates the Horse Lord to regain from the Picts the control of the Scottish kingdom. Reprint.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 2, 2006
Publisher Front Street
ISBN 1932425624 ISBN13 9781932425628
Availability 0 units.
More About Rosemary Sutcliff
Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) wrote dozens of books for young readers, including her award-winning Roman Britain trilogy, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers, which won the Carnegie Medal. The Eagle of the Ninth is now a major motion picture, The Eagle, directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Channing Tatum. Born in Surrey, Sutcliff spent her childhood in Malta and on various other naval bases where her father was stationed. At a young age, she contracted Still's Disease, which confined her to a wheelchair for most of her life. Shortly before her death, she was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) one of Britain's most prestigious honors. She died in West Sussex, England, in 1992.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Mark of the Horse Lord?
Not as good as some others Aug 8, 2008
Even though I am adult, I have read a lot of books by this author. I find that with this author, the fact that it was written for young adults just means she is leaving out stuff I would rather not read about anyway (graphic rape scenes, graphic torture scenes, or whatever). The characters are good, plots are generally good, and pacing good. However, this book is not one of my favorite Sutcliff books. The plot is about the main character taking the place of the heir "horse lord" who was blinded by a rival years before. Sort of a "prince and pauper" storyline. Didn't like it and didn't find it believable. The heir's family was dead and he hadn't been seen in years, but it really wasn't believable to me that he could fool anyone who had known the heir before. I would recommend Eagle of the Ninth or Frontier Wolves instead.
Incisive relationships Jul 24, 2008
I love the connections, briefly and elegantly painted, between people in this book. Great story, so well written. Highly recommended. Not the average kind of historical fiction.
Love this book Feb 2, 2008
I really love this book. I picked it up in high school for a book report and got sucked into Rosemary Sutcliff's world. I'm glad to see a new printing is coming out, because you couldn't find this book anywhere, and the copy I have I stole from school, that's how much I love this book. I also highly recommend The Sword and the Circle, a telling of the Arthurian legend.
There's little to add really Nov 25, 2007
I basically agree with all the reviews so far. I read this in my teens and it left a lasting impression on me. I've re-read it since on a fairly regular basis. Brilliant evocation of an early culture far removed from our own but peopled with those whose emotional reactions one can so empathise with - doubt, uncertainty and deepening friendship.
I am delighted it is back in print, although a bit ambivalent about the cover design. When will "The Sword at Sunset" be re-printed - preferably unabridged and with the map that some of the early editions had?
Historical fiction at its best! Nov 15, 2007
The "Mark of the Horse Lord" is a beautifully written story of loyalty, honor and sacrifice. The ancient Scottish setting and characters are masterfully portrayed and the story line grabs the reader on the first page and holds on tight to the very end! Rosemary Sutcliff writes wonderfully engaging historical novels. While her books give the reader a great feel for the time period and setting, story line is never compromised! Most of her books are written for children and young adults, however, this book is more appropriate for adults and older teens. Younger readers may find the wording a little difficult to follow. Highly recommended!